Delta Regional Authority, State, and Local Partners Invest...
Chairman Masingill: "These strategic investments help
create jobs, build communities, and improve lives"
ITTA BENA – The Delta Regional Authority and its federal and state partners are investing more than $7.2 million into strengthening Mississippi's workforce, infrastructure, and economy, Delta Regional Authority Federal Chairman Chris Masingill announced today. A full list of the projects, which include more than $3 million in DRA-designated investments, is provided below.
Specifically, DRA plans to invest in the construction of a new levee in Natchez, a new Amtrak platform and pavilion in Quitman County, the construction of permanent exhibits at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, improved water infrastructure across the state, among others.
"These strategic investments help us accomplish
our core mission - create jobs, build communities, and improve
the lives of families across Mississippi and the Delta. Repairing
levees and improving sewers may not be glamorous to some, but
they are the key building blocks for Mississippi to attract
and keep global companies, skilled workers, and leading entrepreneurs,"
said DRA Chairman Masingill. "I'm proud to
work with all of our partners to invest in the future of the
Mississippi Delta region."
"This Delta Regional Authority funding
will support immediate and long-term projects that can make
a difference in the lives of Mississippians. Combined with other
nonfederal and private contributions, these projects can help
improve the quality of life and economic outlook for many people,"
said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran.
"I commend the DRA for its attention to the needs of the Mississippi
"Many of Mississippi's communities will
benefit from these investments to help improve infrastructure
and encourage job creation," U.S. Senator Roger Wicker
said. "This Delta Regional Authority-directed funding
makes good use of taxpayer funds to support local projects and
increase the well-being of residents. These announcements are
great news for the entire state."
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
said, "These projects will address vital needs in our
Delta communities. They will upgrade infrastructure, improve
quality of life and promote economic development. I am grateful
to Sen. Cochran, Sen. Wicker and the Delta Regional Authority
for making them a reality."
"I am excited to see these investments
for projects across Mississippi. The grant to build a levee
in Adams county will benefit the residents and businesses in
the surrounding communities,” said U.S. Congressman
Gregg Harper. “The land that will be available after
the levee’s construction will be a great asset to industry in
our great state."
DRA - MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC INVESTMENTS
1. QUITMAN COUNTY: AMTRAK Platform.
DRA Investment: $300,000. Total Investment: $1,200,000. This
project will install a platform, pavilion, and paved area which
will serve as an AMTRAK stop in Quitman County, Mississippi.
2. NATCHEZ: Bellwood Levee.
DRA Investment: $1,266,500. Total Investment: $2,325,500. Adams
County will build a protective levee around a 100 acre section
of county owned land at their port for industrial use.
3. YAZOO CITY: Truelight Water
System Improvements. DRA Investment: $337,300. Truelight
Redevelopment Group proposes a 2 phase project to drill a new
water well, connect its two water systems to provide safe drinking
water and extend service to 40 unserved households.
4. ITTA BENA: Lagoon Improvements.
DRA INVESTMENT: $255,200. Install twenty-five, five HP aerators
in the existing three cell lagoon to meet MDES permit limits.
5. DUNCAN: Mississippi Readers-to-Leaders
Project - Save the Children. DRA Investment: $100,000.
Total Investment: $250,000. Save the Children will provide job
development, through extensive, ongoing training and technical
assistance, and resources to build a talented pool of education
paraprofessionals in rural Mississippi.
6. CLARKSDALE: Delta Blues Museum:
The Story of America's Music. DRA Investment: $168,903.
Total Investment: $1,668,903. This project involves the fabrication
and construction of new permanent exhibits at the Delta Blues
7. WEBB: Webb Emergency Well Repair.
DRA Investment: $53,788. With well No. 2 in not in operation
due to the pump's poor condition and lack of adequate chlorination
equipment, the investment will rehab the well to provide essential
water to the community.
8. LELAND: Leland Water Systems
Improvement. DRA Investment: $900,000. Total Investment:
$1,132,859. Leland will install a new water well, construct
a new elevated water tank and make distribution improvements
to tie old and new together.
The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program, the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship, and health access projects in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. DRA coordinates directly with Mississippi's nine planning and development districts in the region for program funding implementation.
DRA leadership works closely with the
governor of each state 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 great economic impact
for the Delta region of Mississippi.
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 $138 million
in federal resources into more than $2.9 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 26,000 jobs since the
DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.