DRA Releases Request for Proposals for Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Economic Impact Assessment

March 17, 2021

CLARKSDALE, MS - Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from institutions of higher education located within a DRA state to investigate the economic competitiveness impact of tributaries stemming from major waterway systems connecting to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

In recent years, rural communities located along highly trafficked navigable waterways have experienced significant economic decline and job loss.  However, the continued importance of these commercial corridors cannot be understated.  For eco-tourism or commerce, these waterways are critical to local businesses looking to expand operations, create and sustain jobs, and facilitate long-term regional economic growth.

To assist these rural communities, the purpose of this RFP is to investigate the economic impact of the Alabama Black Belt’s commercially navigable major waterway systems connecting to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, including the impact on safety, connectivity, and commerce. 

Questions concerning this RFP must be received by email to Aury Kangelos, DRA Program Manager, at akangelos@dra.gov no later than 5:00 PM CT on March 31, 2021.  DRA reserves the right to not answer questions received after that time.

Proposals are due on or before 5:00 PM CT on April 30, 2021.  For more information and to view the RFP, visit www.dra.gov/rfp.


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
Director of Communications and Public Engagement

DRA Program Contact:
Aury Kangelos
Program Manager