DRA Announces $1.6 Million Investment into Mississippi Communities

October 03, 2019

DRA’s investment will strengthen public infrastructure, industrial expansions to support economic development in communities across Mississippi

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $1,630,201 investment to support public infrastructure and business development to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced.

Eight new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer systems, access road improvements, and workforce readiness in communities across Mississippi through DRA and other public and private resources.

“DRA’s mission is to support economic development by making investments into the physical infrastructure and human capital of the Delta region,” said Chairman Caldwell. “Not only will these investments improve water and sewer services for Mississippi residents, they will also provide more economic opportunities for workers and job seekers and improve quality of life.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, DRA’s flagship grant program that makes strategic investments into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, workforce training and education, and business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Mississippi and nine local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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“Through DRA and other public and private resources, these investments will provide much needed funding for various projects in communities across Mississippi,” said Governor Phil Bryant. This funding will go a long way to making sure that Mississippi remains competitive in a changing economic landscape and will give a foothold to job seekers in these regions. This is great news for the people and communities in our state.”

Mississippi’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“Regular investments in public infrastructure are required to support Mississippi’s growing economy,” said Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). “The Delta Regional Authority is an Important partner for Mississippi communities as we work to improve quality of live for our residents.”

“I appreciate that a wide range of communities will be able to use these Delta Regional Authority SEDAP grants for infrastructure improvement and workforce development projects that can help them to strengthen local economies and support job growth,” said U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).

“I am appreciative of Delta Regional Authority’s commitment to invest in our communities,” said Congressman Bennie Thompson (D - 2nd District). “Investments like these are important and a necessity to the Delta Region and rural communities in Mississippi.”

“I applaud DRA’s dedication to improving Mississippi’s communities, said Congressman Michael Guest (R – 3rd District). “The DRA helps our state promote prosperity and a higher quality of life for Mississippians. By improving our infrastructure and workforce readiness, these grants will help many Mississippians development the capacity to provide for their families and communities.”


  1. Sunflower County Access Road Improvements | Indianola, MS: Sunflower County will use DRA funds to make improvements to an access road to support the facility expansion of Delta Protein International, a manufacturing company specializing in the production and marketing of high-quality collagen hydrolysates. This investment is projected to create 10 new jobs and retain 20. DRA Investment: $332,945
  2. Hollandale Access Road Enhancement | Hollandale, MS: The City of Hollandale will use DRA funds to repair and improve the access road to the Bayer Crop Science facility to allow for increased production and to reduce traffic for local residents. This investment is projected to create six new jobs and retain 46. DRA Investment: $306,512
  3. Quitman County Workforce Development Center | Marks, MS: Quitman County will use DRA funds to rehabilitate a county-owned building to support a collaboration between Northwest Mississippi Community College, Coahoma Community College, and The Marks Project to provide industry-driven workforce training to local residents. This investment is projected to train 50 individuals for in-demand careers. DRA Investment: $231,250
  4. Moorhead Sewer System Extension | Moorhead, MS: The City of Moorhead will use DRA funds to extend the municipal sewer system to service an annexed area of the city and spur more commercial development in the region. This investment is projected to impact three individuals who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $206,274
  5. Brandon Industrial Site Development | Brandon, MS: Rankin First Economic Development Authority will use DRA funds to rough grade 200,000 square feet of land at the East Metro Center Park to incentive additional industrial development for the region. DRA Investment: $206,000; Total Project Investment: $339,000
  6. Jackson Workforce Readiness Initiative | Jackson, MS: Jobs for Mississippi Graduates will use DRA funds to implement its career readiness and dropout prevention program in high schools across Hinds, Madison, and Yazoo counties. This investment is projected to train 300 individuals for in-demand careers. DRA Investment: $150,000; Total Project Investment: $470,000
  7. Taylorsville Sewer System Improvements | Taylorsville, MS: The Town of Taylorsville will use DRA funds to make improvements to a dilapidated sewer system which provides services to an underserved area. This investment is projected to impact 15 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $110,050; Total Project Investment: $130,050
  8. Panola County Industrial Facility Improvements | Batesville, MS: Panola County will use DRA funds to rehabilitate an existing industrial building in Sardis, Mississippi by providing enhanced ventilation to extend the life of the facility for private sector occupancy. This investment is projected to create 50 new jobs. DRA Investment: $87,170; Total Project Investment: $2,673,000

About the Delta Regional Authority

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.

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