DRA Announces Programs Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Environmental Initiative

July 15, 2022

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced covered programs included in President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water and other investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, overburdened, and underserved. The Justice40 Initiative is a directive created through Executive Order 14008 and supports the Administration’s comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all as designated in Executive Order 13985.

“Delta Regional Authority applauds and supports President Biden’s commitment to secure environmental justice and spur economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities that have been historically marginalized, underinvested in, and overburdened,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “The Justice40 Initiative is a significant step to assure disadvantaged communities will benefit from federal investments to help strengthen housing, transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure, and healthcare systems within their communities.”

DRA is a joint Federal-State collaboration created to address the economic needs of the eight-state, 252 county/parish Mississippi Delta region. DRA is participating in the Justice40 Initiative through its grantmaking activities, including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded activities. The covered programs include Delta Regional Authority Grants and Delta Regional Authority Grants specifically funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

More information about other designated federal programs released across the Administration can be found on the White House’s Environmental Justice website.

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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 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
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov