DRA Releases Request for Proposals for Regional Labor Market Report

September 22, 2020

DRA soliciting proposals from qualified organizations to examine the state of the labor market and workforce development systems in the Delta and Alabama Black Belt.

CLARKSDALE, MS -- Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit research proposals from qualified organizations to examine the state of the labor market and workforce development systems in the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. 

This research endeavor will support DRA’s ongoing workforce initiative by expanding the existing knowledge base around workforce conditions in the Delta and support the development of comprehensive economic development strategies to better inform future workforce development strategies, investment programs, and related economic development activities.  DRA has made up to $60,000 available to support this project.

Investments in workforce systems have garnered continued emphasis from federal, state, and local leaders as critical to long-term success and viability of local and regional economies. DRA seeks to provide an overview of workforce conditions across the Delta, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of workforce development activity so DRA may better target resources to bolster and improve economic conditions. 

The final product will be a detailed written report and executive summary submitted to DRA within 8-10 months with an estimated start date of December 1, 2020. Proposals are due by 11:59 PM (CT) on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Interested parties can review submission requirements, funding availability, and scope of work by visiting www.dra.gov/rfp. Questions about this RFP can be emailed to workforce@dra.gov.

 

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
202-434-4842
sblair@dra.gov