DRA Announces $671,389 Investment into Missouri Communities

September 17, 2020

DRA’s investment will improve public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and job training to support economic development in communities across Missouri.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $671,389 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Missouri communities and residents.  Four new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support innovative job training in Missouri. The investment will be matched by $309,585 in additional funds and is projected to create or retain 43 jobs, train 150 individuals, and affect 785 families.  

“The Delta Regional Authority’s $671,389 investment into four critical projects will strengthen economic success in Missouri 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 Parson, Senator Blunt, Senator Hawley, and Congressman Smith 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.  DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Missouri and five local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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“The Delta Regional Authority has continually shown support for Missouri’s communities over the years,” said Governor Mike Parson (R-MO). “In these challenging times, their support will make a real difference for Missouri citizens.”

Missouri’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“These Delta Regional Authority investments will enhance safety, improve infrastructure, and prepare people for in-demand jobs, all of which are a part of enhancing the quality of life in local communities,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). “I’ll continue working to ensure DRA has the resources it needs to support critical projects throughout our state.”

“It’s great to see the Delta Regional Authority is investing more than $670,000 in job training and much-needed infrastructure projects in Southeast Missouri. This investment in Missouri communities and good-paying jobs will go a long way to serve our state,” said U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO).

“I’m proud to have partnered with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to secure funding for these critical investments in southern Missouri. These projects will help create future jobs, enhance public safety in our area, improve our infrastructure and develop superior workforce training for rural Missourians – all things attractive to folks who want to call Missouri home. I’m so glad that the Trump Administration, through the DRA, continues to prioritize rural Americans,” said Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO 8th District).


  1. Emergency Communication Tower Relocation | Jackson, MOCape Girardeau County will use DRA funds to demolish an existing communications tower and relocate emergency communications equipment onto an existing water tower to improve the public safety of residents.  

DRA Investment: $55,442

Total Investment: $73,042 

  1. Bourbon Sewer Improvements | Bourbon, MOThe City of Bourbon will use DRA funds to install a UV disinfection system at its wastewater treatment facility to improve services to residents.  This investment is projected to affect 785 families.  

DRA Investment: $134,217

Total Investment: $147,030 

  1. Perry County Road 910 Upgrades | Perryville, MOPerry County will use DRA funds to pave and install stormwater drainage on Perry County Road 910 to improve services to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to create three new jobs and retain 16 jobs.  

DRA Investment: $311,080

Total Investment: $390,252 

  1. Digital Workforce Training & Employment Initiative | Cape Girardeau, MOThe Marquette Tech District Foundation will use DRA funds to provide software engineering training, internships, and entrance into a National Rural Source Employment network.  This investment is projected to create 24 new jobs and train 150 individuals.  

DRA Investment: $170,650

Total Project Investment: $370,650 


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