DRA Announces $707,390 Investment to Strengthen Alabama’s Infrastructure

October 15, 2019

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $707,390 investment to strengthen basic public infrastructure and flood control to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced today.

Two new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer line extensions and drainage system improvements in two 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. “These investments will provide much needed improvements to water and sewer systems and flood control management to provide greater economic opportunities for Alabama 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 Alabama’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs and six local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

Alabama: 2019 Investment Snapshot

State

# of Projects

DRA Investment

Total Investment

Jobs Created/Retained

AL

2

$707,390

$2,219,235

85

Alabama’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“Public infrastructure directly affects economic development in rural areas. Through these Delta Regional Authority grants, support for strengthened infrastructure will help facilitate growth and improve the quality of life in these communities in Alabama for years to come,” said Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).

“These Delta Regional Authority grants are an important investment in West Alabama,” said Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). “Not only will this funding help improve existing infrastructure in the Livingston and Jackson communities, but it will also enhance the lives of Alabamians through improved water and sewer management and it will help create new jobs.”

“Infrastructure is a critical concern to many of Alabama’s rural communities, so I’m glad this grant money will be invested in projects with real benefit to the people in Southwest Alabama. I’ll never stop working to ensure rural Alabamians have a voice in Washington,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne (R – 1st District).

“Having reliable infrastructure in our communities is fundamental to our state’s ability to conduct business and remain competitive,” said Congresswomen Martha Roby (R - 2nd District). I am pleased that the DRA has made this significant investment in our state, and I look forward to seeing the growth and progress it will bring.”

“I am thrilled to learn that the Delta Regional Authority will be making these substantial and necessary investments in fortifying sewage and water systems in Livingston and Jackson, Alabama,” said Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D – 7th District). “These investments will go a long way, not only toward improving quality of life in the region, but also toward increasing economic growth and future workforce development opportunities throughout the community.”

ALABAMA INVESTMENT PROJECTS

  1. Port Epes Industrial Park Utilities Extension | Livingston, AL: The University of West Alabama will use DRA funds to upgrade and extend the water and sewer system in the Port Epes Industrial Park site for Enviva, the largest wood pellet producer in the country. This investment is projected to create 85 new jobs. DRA Investment: $509,000; Total Project Investment: $1,759,000
  1. Jackson Flood Control Improvements | Jackson, AL: The City of Jackson will use DRA funds to rehabilitate the drainage system along the main thoroughfare in the city to prevent frequent flooding that affects local businesses and residences. The city also received $211,845 from DRA’s States’ Economic Development Assistance Program. DRA Investment: $198,390; Total Project Investment: $460,235

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.

DRA Media Contact:
Susan Edwards         
501-682-7392
sedwards@dra.gov

DRA Program Contact:
Kemp Morgan
662-483-8210
kmorgan@dra.gov