DRA Announces $3 Million Investment into Four Western Kentucky Infrastructure Projects

October 06, 2022

DRA’s investment will improve water, draining, and transportation infrastructure projects to help build safer, more resilient communities throughout Western Kentucky.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that $3 million will be invested into four Kentucky infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $18.6 and will attract an additional $1.9 million in capital investments. The CIF program addresses unmet basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and flood control needs to help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. These projects are expected to create or retain 39 jobs, train 20 individuals and affect over 3,300 families.

“As I travel throughout Western Kentucky and listen to community leaders, it is clear that infrastructure upgrades are among the state’s greatest needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Accessible roads, reliable water and sewer services, and secure flood protection are essential in order to maintain existing businesses, attract new industries, and keep a community healthy and thriving.”

Kentucky: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 4
  • DRA Investment: $3,007,255
  • Total Project Investment: $21,681,467
  • Additional Capital Investment: $1,900,000
  • Jobs Created: 12
  • Jobs Retained: 27
  • Individuals Trained: 20
  • Families Affected: 3,314

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. JSA – Barkley Regional Airport Sewer Extension | Paducah, KY: The Paducah McCracken Joint Sewer Agency will use DRA funds to connect the new Barkley Regional Airport terminal and 20 homes to public sewer infrastructure. This investment is projected to retain 25 jobs, train 20 individuals and affect 20 families.
    • DRA Investment: $1,771,285
    • Total Investment: $2,021,285 
  2. Casey Jones Distillery Expansion Utility Project | Hopkinsville, KY: The Christian County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to assist with the upgrade of water and electric utilities to provide enough capacity to accommodate an expansion project being undertaken by Casey Jones Distillery. This investment is projected to create 12 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $58,785
    • Total Investment: $58,785
    • Additional Capital Investment: $1,900,000
  3. Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant | Marion, KY: The City of Marion will use DRA funds to construct a new 1.5 MGD wastewater treatment plant. This investment is projected to retain 2 jobs and affect 1,335 families.
    • DRA Investment: $1,013,860
    • Total Investment: $19,410,224 
  4. Water Treatment Plant Sludge Diversion Project | Morganfield, KY: The City of Morganfield will use DRA funds to install a new pipeline, three manholes, and four sluice gates. This investment is projected to affect 1,959 families.
    • DRA Investment: $163,325
    • Total Investment: $191,173

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About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov