DRA Announces $3.4 Million Investment into Three Southern Illinois Infrastructure Projects

October 06, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that $3.4 million will be invested into three Illinois infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $371,699 and will attract an additional $32.5 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 275 jobs and retain 40 jobs.

“As I travel throughout Arkansas 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.”

Illinois: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 3
  • DRA Investment: $3,456,203
  • Total Project Investment: $3,827,902
  • Additional Capital Investment: $32,550,000
  • Jobs Created: 275
  • Jobs Retained: 40

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. Randolph County Care Center | Chester, IL: The County of Randolph will use DRA funds to upgrade an existing 100-bed nursing home to create a 50-bed facility and a 50-bed Behavioral Health Care Center.
    • DRA Investment: $69,874
    • Total Investment: $69,874 
  2. Creal Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant | Creal Springs, IL: The City of Creal Springs will use DRA funds to upgrade its current wastewater treatment plant to accommodate sewage discharge from a proposed meat processing plant. This investment is projected to create 125 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $2,687,053
    • Total Investment: $2,982,252
    • Additional Capital Investment: $20,000,000
  3. Underwood Project Access Road and Waterline | Sparta, IL: The City of Sparta will use DRA funds to construct an access road to commercial truck standards. This investment is projected to create 150 jobs and retain 40 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $699,276
    • Total Investment: $775,776
    • Additional Capital Investments: $12,550,000


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