DRA Announces $8.6 Million Investment into 13 Mississippi Infrastructure Projects

October 06, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that $8.6 million will be invested into 13 Mississippi infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $1.8 million and will attract an additional $12 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 56 jobs and affect nearly 2,500 families.

“As I travel throughout Mississippi 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.”

Mississippi: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 13
  • DRA Investment: $8,648,279
  • Total Project Investment: $10,495,774
  • Additional Capital Investment: $12,000,000
  • Jobs Created: 56
  • Families Affected: 2,534

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. Piney Woods School Infrastructure Improvement Program | Piney Woods, MS: The Piney Woods School will use DRA funds to improve the wastewater treatment facility and rebuild a loop road leading to the facility. This investment is projected to affect 30 families.
    • DRA Investment: $1,347,127
    • Total Investment: $1,497,127 
  2. City of Charleston Wastewater Improvements | Charleston, MS: The City of Charleston will use DRA funds to improve the sewer collection system by cleaning CCTV gravity lines, installing a cured-in-place pipe, replacing the gravity sewer, and installing a duplex grinder pump station.
    • DRA Investment: $564,205
    • Total Investment: $564,205
  3. Tutwiler Flooding & Drainage Project | Tutwiler, MS: The Town of Tutwiler will use DRA funds to rehabilitate the storm water draining system to eliminate storm water quickly and keep homes and businesses dry. This investment is projected to affect 872 families.
    • DRA Investment: $468,009
    • Total Investment: $468,009 
  4. Glendora Sewer Rehabilitation Project | Glendora, MS: The Town of Glendora will use DRA funds to install significant sewer improvements, including rehabilitation to the sewer line and sewage lagoon and extension to the public. This investment is projected to affect 46 families.
    • DRA Investment: $536,663
    • Total Investment: $536,663 
  5. Coahoma Storm Water Drainage Rehabilitation | Coahoma, MS: The Town of Coahoma will use DRA funds to rehabilitate the storm water drainage system to help eliminate standing water and the associated detrimental public health effects. This investment is projected to affect 95 families.
    • DRA Investment: $422,516
    • Total Investment: $422,516
  6. NTWA Water Well Project | Charleston, MS: The North Tallahatchie Water Association will use DRA funds to install a new water well and eliminate sand and iron that are currently in the water. This investment is projected to affect 1,100 families.
    • DRA Investment: $587,172
    • Total Investment: $1,164,667
  7. TCUD Sewer Rehabilitation Project | Tunica County, MS: The Tunica County Utility District will use DRA funds to rehabilitate its sewer system.
    • DRA Investment: $291,143
    • Total Investment: $291,143
  8. Rolling Fork Northgate Draining Improvements | Rolling Fork, MS: The City of Rolling Fork will use DRA funds to continue ongoing drainage improvements for the Northgate and Eastgate residential areas in northern Rolling Fork.
    • DRA Investment: $345,376
    • Total Investment: $345,376
  9. Coahoma County Industrial Site Location Project | Clarksdale, MS: Coahoma County will use DRA funds to construct site improvements to the levee and roadway for an economic development project. This investment is projected to create 56 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $2,088,235
    • Total Investment: $3,208,235
    • Additional Capital Investment: $12,000,000
  10. Metcalfe Water System Improvements | Metcalfe, MS: The Town of Metcalfe will use DRA funds to make water system improvements necessary to remain in compliance with the Mississippi State Department of Health requirements. This investment is projected to affect 355 families.
    • DRA Investment: $407,920
    • Total Investment: $407,920
  11. Lamont Water System Improvements | Greenville, MS: The Lamont Water Corporation will use DRA funds to make water system improvements that will address significant deficiencies noted by the Mississippi State Department of Health. This investment is projected to affect 36 families.
    • DRA Investment: $672,675
    • Total Investment: $672,675
  12. Coldwater Flooding Mitigation Project | Coldwater, MS: The Town of Coldwater will use DRA funds to mitigate flooding by repairing and replacing portions of the existing drainage infrastructure.
    • DRA Investment: $400,342
    • Total Investment: $400,342
  13. Belzoni Drainage System Repairs and Improvements | Belzoni, MS: The City of Belzoni will use DRA funds to replace two storm water pumping stations for flood and drainage system improvements.
    • DRA Investment: $516,896
    • Total Investment: $516,896

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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:
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202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov