NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $1.7 million to strengthen Kentucky’s economy, infrastructure

October 03, 2017

6 projects attract $5.6 million in total investments

FRANKFORT, KY. – The Delta Regional Authority and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $1.7 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Kentucky’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA partnerships will support public and private investments and bring a total of $5.6 million in new investments to Kentucky.

"Few things are more important to the health and vitality of a community than access to clean, safe water and improved infrastructure for further economic growth and development,” said Gov. Bevin. “The infrastructure we are developing in the delta region will be pivotal to fulfilling our goal of making Kentucky the undisputed center of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful for the DRA’s assistance as we make this region of Kentucky more attractive than ever before, and look forward to the fresh opportunities this partnership will create.”

The investments were made through the DRA States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency’s main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and workforce development. 

Kentucky is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.

“DRA investments will support infrastructure improvements, health care enhancements and develop a new workforce training program for displaced coal miners and other workers,” said Peter Kinder, alternate federal co-chairman of DRA. “These projects will help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across rural areas in Kentucky and throughout the region, including Southern Illinois and West Tennessee. This effort highlights DRA’s ability to build public-private partnerships to invest in the future of the Delta region.”


  1. CITY OF HENDERSON: South Waste Water Treatment Plant (SWWTP) Improvements. DRA Investment: $281,133. Total Investment: $2,311,133. This project will result in growth of operations and efficiency for SWWTP by installing working basins that do not require constant maintenance.
  2. CITY OF CADIZ: Trigg County Hospital Improvements. DRA Investment: $155,550. Total Investment: $455,550. The hospital will add a hallway and construct four new private patient rooms to be utilized as swing-bed rooms. Specialized wound care, IV therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, or stroke rehabilitation are circumstances that arise often after acute hospital stays are considered complete.  A swing-bed program allows patients to recover in a hospital setting, versus a nursing home, or returning too soon to home care.
  3. PADUCAH: Riverport Cargo Yard Improvements. DRA Investment: $307,000. Total Investment: $427,000. This investment will pave the cargo yard to ensure safe transit for existing and increased truck traffic at the facility and support container-on-barge operations.  The project will increase the economic viability of the community and region by enhancing the riverport’s ability to serve a larger variety of customers and help attract new industry. 
  4. CITY OF MADISONVILLE: Workforce Training. DRA Investment: $180,629. Total Investment: $313,676. Madisonville Community College will create a lineman training program to serve the current and future employment and training needs of utilities companies and contractors in the Delta Region. The training program will allow utilities companies to recruit from the regional labor force, particularly targeting displaced coal miners – a population which is growing in the region – and high school graduates who do not intend to pursue a post-secondary credential. The program will reach workers in Southern Illinois and West Tennessee.
  5. CITY OF HICKMAN: Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements. DRA Investment: $400,000. Total Investment: $1,600,000. DRA’s investment will support the city’s malfunctioning wastewater plant, allowing it to better serve residents and businesses.
  6. CITY OF GREENVILLE: Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements. DRA Investment: $400,000. Total Investment: $450,000. This project will give Greenville the infrastructure it needs to provide wastewater treatment services for local businesses and residents.

DRA coordinates directly with Kentucky’s planning and development districts for program funding implementation. In addition, the agency works closely with Gov. Bevin and his board designee to identify projects to receive SEDAP investments, which are aligned with state economic development goals. These federal investments require a minimal investment of state funds that can bring a large return in DRA and other agency funding and result in a greater economic impact for West Kentucky. 

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. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged more than $3.7 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 37,000 jobs, trained more than 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs and provided water and sewer service to more than 66,000 residents since DRA was established. Learn more at


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