DRA Announces $1.6 Million Investment to Strengthen Louisiana’s Infrastructure

October 22, 2019

DRA’s investment will strengthen basic public infrastructure to spur economic development in communities across Louisiana

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $1,608,884 investment to strengthen basic public infrastructure to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced.

Three new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system expansions and drainage improvements in three communities 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. “These investments will provide much needed improvements to water and sewer systems to provide greater economic opportunities for Louisiana residents and businesses.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the Community Infrastructure Fund, DRA’s secondary grant program that makes strategic investments into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, and flood control. DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Louisiana and seven local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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Louisiana’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

"This funding is representative of a national effort to upgrade infrastructure, especially water systems, in rural communities. These enhancements allow these areas to attract business and hire more Louisiana workers,” said U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

“This grant will fund improvements to infrastructure and drainage systems for the communities in Colfax, Montgomery and West Monroe,” said U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA). “Investing in Louisiana’s infrastructure will create new jobs, improve the quality of life for hundreds of Louisiana families and bolster for local economies.”

“I’m proud to say these investments will go a long way toward improving public services for families and businesses across the great state of Louisiana. Rebuilding our aging infrastructure will pave the way for businesses to expand, fuel job creation, and increase economic opportunity for generations to come,” said Congressman Ralph Abraham (R – 5th District). “I appreciate the DRA awarding these funds and I look forward to finding more ways we can work together to improve lives in Louisiana.


  1. Grant Parish Sewer System Construction | Colfax, LA: The Grant Parish Police Jury will use DRA funds to construct a new sewer plant and utility lines for the southern part of Grant Parish to incentive pending and future industrial development in the region. This investment is projected to create 20 new jobs and impact 155 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $1,000,000; Total Project Investment: $3,958,287
  1. West Monroe Commercial Park Drainage Improvements | West Monroe, LA: The City of West Monroe will use DRA funds to install a reinforced concrete box culvert to fill a ditch along Interstate-20 Frontage Road to improve drainage and eliminate erosion in and around the city’s commercial park. DRA Investment: $336,884
  1. Montgomery Water System Construction | Montgomery, LA: The Town of Montgomery will use DRA funds to construct a new water well, extend existing utility lines, and add a ground storage tank to provide greater capacity for the nearby 31-acre industrial park site. This investment is projected to impact 300 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $272,000

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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