DRA Announces $4.7 Million Investment into Kentucky Communities

September 17, 2020

DRA’s investment will improve public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, broadband services, healthcare access, and job training to support economic development in communities across western Kentucky.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $4,755,270 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Kentucky communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by $3.8 million and will attract an additional $8 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The 11 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, strengthen broadband services, and support innovative job training programs in communities across western Kentucky.  These projects are expected to create or retain 80 jobs, train 433 individuals, and affect over 32,400 families.  

“The Delta Regional Authority’s $4.7 million investment into 11 critical projects will strengthen economic success in Western Kentucky by improving vital infrastructure and creating opportunities to foster workforce development,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “These investments highlight the importance of local and regional public-private partnerships in realizing the long-term success of infrastructure, business, and workforce projects to spur job growth and ultimately improve business competitiveness in the region.  I would like to thank Governor Beshear, Senator Majority Leader McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Comer for their continued support and commitment to the Delta Regional Authority and our work to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those residing in our region.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce training and education, and small businesses development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which targets physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region.  DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and three local development districts in the Commonwealth for program funding implementation.  

Kentucky: 2020 Investment Snapshot

Number of Projects

DRA Investment

Total Project Investment

Additional Capital Investment

Jobs Created

Jobs Retained

Individuals Trained

Families Affected

11

$4,755,270

$8,640,470

$8,000,000

51

29

433

32,477

 

“This funding comes at an important time as we work to restart and rebuild Kentucky’s economy,” said Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY). “These projects invest in Kentucky sectors that ensure basic human rights, like health care and clean drinking water, encourage economic development and will build a better, stronger Kentucky. We are grateful for DRA’s continued commitment to the commonwealth and the entire Delta Region.”

“The investments announced today will continue to strengthen Western Kentucky communities, and I was proud to help tap into this region’s great potential,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “For 30,000-plus families, these projects can support critical services, vital infrastructure and new opportunities. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m constantly working to help Kentucky punch above its weight. It was my privilege to help deliver results.”

“I’m always proud to support Kentucky’s communities and their needs, and I will continue working in Washington to put Kentucky first,” said U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. Powderly Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project | Greenville, KYThe City of Greenville will use DRA funds to improve its wastewater treatment plant to support future economic development in the Powderly, KY area and to improve services to residents.  This investment is projected to affect 2,646 families.  

DRA Investment: $1,094,800

Total Investment: $1,364,800 

  1. Fulton County Industrial Park Project | Fulton, KYThe Fulton County Industrial Development Authority will use DRA funds to improve surface and transportation infrastructure to the Fulton County Industrial Park to improve services to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to affect 1,809 families.  

DRA Investment: $761,500

Total Investment: $861,500 

  1. Logan Todd Regional Water Commission Pump Generator Project | Guthrie, KYThe Logan Todd Regional Water Commission will use DRA funds to update its primary intake backup generator to improve services to residents.  This investment is projected to affect 27,408 families.  

DRA Investment: $711,000

Total Investment: $1,091,000 

The following projects were funded by both CIF and SEDAP:

  1. Madisonville Airport Improvements Project | Madisonville, KYThe City of Madisonville will use DRA funds to construct a 22,000 square foot hangar at the Madisonville Regional Airport to accommodate an aviation training program through Madisonville Community College.  This investment is projected to create 30 new jobs, retain three jobs, and train 90 individuals.  

CIF Investment: $420,833

SEDAP Investment: $88,167

Total DRA Investment: $509,000

Total Investment: $9,509,000 

  1. Tyson Foods Clearwell Project | Henderson, KYThe City of Henderson will use DRA funds to replace the existing steel clearwell with a new pressed concrete clearwell at the South Water Treatment Plant to improve services to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to affect 614 families.  

CIF Investment: $409,000

SEDAP Investment: $100,000

Total DRA Investment: $509,000

Total Investment: $1,384,000 

“This substantial federal investment will help lay the groundwork for significant improvements to infrastructure, education, and economic development in Western Kentucky. I am proud to be an advocate for providing rural Kentucky with much-needed assistance to attract new businesses and create jobs, and appreciate the support the DRA is providing to communities across the 1st Congressional District,” said Congressman James Comer (R-KY 1st District).

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Helping Hands Health Clinic Dental Equipment | Elkton, KYThe Helping Hands Health Clinic, Inc. will use DRA funds to purchase equipment for an additional general dentistry workstation to improve services to residents.  

DRA Investment: $42,000

Total Investment: $47,000 

  1. Henderson County Broadband Upgrade | Henderson, KYThe Henderson County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to upgrade three broadband communication stations to improve services to residents and businesses.  

DRA Investment: $339,320

Total Investment: $339,320

  1. Hopkins County Broadband Project Phase 2 | Madisonville, KYThe Hopkins County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to add five broadband communication sites to improve services to residents and businesses.  

DRA Investment: $155,500

Total Investment: $325,500

  1. Trigg County Hospital Construction Project | Cadiz, KYTrigg County Hospital, Inc. will use DRA funds to renovate its medical facility to create additional patient rooms and staff facilities to improve services to residents.  This investment is projected to retain five jobs.  

DRA Investment: $105,000

Total Investment: $190,200 

  1. Western Kentucky Regional Training Center | Clay, KYThe Webster County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to acquire a site to expand a CDL, utility lineman, and diesel mechanic training program.  This investment is projected to train 223 individuals.  

DRA Investment: $357,500

Total Investment: $757,500 

  1. Sprocket Digital Workforce Training & Employment Initiative | Paducah, KYSprocket, Inc. will use DRA funds to provide hands-on software engineering training to expand the digital workforce and economy in western Kentucky.  This investment is projected to create 21 new jobs, retain 21 jobs, and train 120 individuals.  

DRA Investment: $170,650

Total Investment: $770,650 

 

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
Director of Communications and Public Engagement
202-434-4842
sblair@dra.gov