DRA Announces Request for Proposals for New Workforce Development Initiative

July 01, 2019

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority announced that the agency will be accepting applications for the Delta Workforce Grant Program, an initiative designed to align workforce and economic development strategies, enhance job training and re-employment opportunities, create sustainable talent pipelines, and support workforce productivity through investments in innovative programming and technology.

“DRA is committed to investing in workforce training and education that supports job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers to help foster comprehensive economic development in Delta communities,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell. “Through the Delta Workforce Grant Program, DRA is providing an opportunity for rural communities to have access to critical resources in order to strengthen their workforce, create jobs, and improve quality of life across the region.”

Through the Delta Workforce Grant Program, approximately $1.5 million in grants is available to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta region. To complement this funding opportunity, DRA will offer post-award technical assistance to grantees to ensure projects are effectively and sustainably implemented. To be considered eligible, all projects must target workforce training and education for individuals residing in the Delta region and include at least one industry partner seeking to hire more skilled workers in a high-demand sector.

Investments will be focused on four key priorities: supporting industry-led workforce training, building collaborative talent pipelines, developing or enhancing industry clusters, and accelerating regional economic development.

To submit a notice of intent to apply and to apply for a grant, visit the Delta Workforce Grant Program portal at workforce.dra.gov.

Additional information about the Delta Workforce Program, including important dates and resources, is available at www.dra.gov/workforce.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has approved investments of more than $211 million into more than 1,200 projects. Overall, DRA investments have estimated outcomes since 2002 that will create and retain more than 60,000 jobs, train nearly 54,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century and deliver sewer and water improvements to 400,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at dra.gov.

Media Contact: Susan Edwards

Program Contact: Aury Kangelos