DRA Announces $340,621 Investment to Strengthen Illinois’s Infrastructure

October 15, 2019

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $340,621 investment to strengthen basic public infrastructure to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced today.

One new investment will provide funding for a project supporting a water and sewer system expansion in southern Illinois 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. “This investment will provide much needed improvements to water and sewer systems to provide greater economic opportunities for southern Illinois 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 Illinois and five local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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Illinois’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“The seven projects supported by these funds are all critically important to their community’s infrastructure and economy,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “I will continue working alongside the Delta Regional Authority to ensure Southern Illinois' communities have access to the federal resources they need to thrive.”

“Infrastructure investments like these are essential in promoting economic development in Marion and all across Southern Illinois,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). “Communities throughout Illinois rely on federal funding to rebuild their infrastructure, and I’m proud to be working with Delta Regional Authority to make sure they receive these investments.”

“I have long supported the Delta Regional Authority’s mission to grow jobs and strengthen our economy in Southern Illinois,” said Congressman Mike Bost (R – 12th District). “This investment will allow the Lake of Egypt Water District to expand water and sewer systems to address a need, creating jobs in the process. I look forward to working with DRA to strengthen public-private partnerships and encourage economic development and job creation in our regions.”


  1. Williamson County Utilities Extension | Marion, IL: The Lake of Egypt Water District will use DRA funds to expand its water and sewer system to support Road Ranger LLC, a new travel center along Interstate 57. This investment is projected to create 28 new jobs. DRA Investment: $340,621; Total Project Investment: $10,377,653

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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