JACKSON, MS. – The Delta Regional Authority and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $4.4 million in DRA investments to strengthen Mississippi’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $24.3 million in new investments to Mississippi.

“These projects will address vital needs in our Delta communities,” said Gov. Bryant. “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.”

Nine of 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, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investments were through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

“These investments represent the Delta Regional Authority’s commitment to building strong partnerships with Mississippi communities to support economic development and improve quality of life,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran.  “I commend the agency and its public and private partners who will undertake these important projects.”

“With targeted federal investments in infrastructure, public utilities, and workforce development, the Delta Regional Authority continues to advance the health and well-being of the Mississippi Delta,” said U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. “These projects will unleash millions of dollars in private investment, amplifying the positive effects for the entire Delta region.”

Mississippi 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 to increase community competitiveness, strengthen workforce training, protect jobs and deliver clean and safe drinking water to Mississippi communities,” said Peter Kinder, alternate federal co-chairman of DRA. “These projects will help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across the Mississippi Delta region. This effort highlights DRA’s ability to build public-private partnerships to invest in the future of the Delta.”

DRA – MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC INVESTMENTS:

  1. TOWN OF COLDWATER: Wastewater Improvement Project. DRA Investment: $418,100. Total Investment: $518,100. DRA is funding this project through its CIF program and will rehabilitate the sewer lagoon serving the Town of Coldwater to deliver clean and safe drinking water.
  2. VICKSBURG: Support for Workforce Development. DRA Investment: $545,000. Total Investment: $5,679,621. This CIF project will support renovation of a 51,000-square-foot building in downtown Vicksburg to develop a Center of Innovation.  This investment will strengthen workforce training and infrastructure, and increase community competitiveness.
  3. CITY OF RULEVILLE: Sewer Improvements. DRA Investment: $68,261 (100%). DRA funding will help the city protect the health of 3,000 residents by providing a sanitary sewer system.
  4. TOWN OF SUMNER: Water System Improvements. DRA Investment: $450,000. Total Investment: $630,000. This project is supported by DRA’s CIF program and will help complete a nearly comprehensive water-line replacement project in Sumner.
  5. NATCHEZ: Support Port Expansion. DRA Investment: $500,000 (100%). This CIF investment will support building a protective levee around a 100-acre section of county-owned land at its port to enhance industrial use and expansion. The expansion will allow Adams County to compete on a national level for industries that require river access.
  6. CITY OF GRENADA: Emergency Sewer Replacement. DRA Investment: $250,000 (100%). This CIF project will improve health and sanitation concerns in the area for 1,200 residential customers and businesses. The project also will allow Grenada to provide dependable sewer service to a manufacturing plant to help retain 1,100 jobs.
  7. CITY OF WINONA: Infrastructure Improvements. DRA Investment: $78,981 (100%). DRA funding will be used to repair creek crossings and install new water lines that will prevent service disruptions and outages for residents and businesses.
  8. TOWN OF LYON: Sewer Rehabilitation. DRA Investment: $53,760. Total Investment: $58,880. The project will improve the sanitary sewer lines that serve 418 residential customers and prevent backups and blockages.
  9. TOWN OF NORTH CAROLLTON: Infrastructure Improvements. DRA Investment: $114,292 (100%). This investment will help North Carrollton enhance water pressure in its service area and improve health and sanitation for more than 500 residents as well as schools and businesses.
  10. CITY OF ROSEDALE: Water Tank Improvements. DRA Investment: $32,865 (100%). This project will deliver safe and clean drinking water to residents and businesses.
  11. CITY OF CLEVELAND: Sewer Improvements. DRA Investment: $500,000. Total Investment: $8,930,00. DRA will provide investments through its CIF program to support the city’s efforts to enhance sewer service for 19,000 residents on the system.
  12. CITY OF LELAND: Water Systems Improvements. DRA Investment: $300,000. Total Investment: $1,482,859. DRA’s CIF program will fund installation of a new water well and an elevated water tank. The project also includes water distribution system improvements that will tie the new water system components to the existing system, and deliver safe drinking water to residents, support business growth and improve fire-fighting efforts.
  13. CITY OF INDIANOLA: B.B. King Museum Expansion. DRA Investment: $256,500. Total Investment: $814,554. This expansion will add about 4,350 square feet of space to the museum to complete the story of B. B. King. It will house the vehicles, a tour bus and car that came to the museum following his death. These items highlight King’s success and increase economic development opportunities in the area.
  14. CITY OF MOORHEAD: Workforce Development and Training. DRA Investment: $150,450. Total Investment: $425,450. Mississippi Delta Community College will use DRA funds to add a new building that will include a classroom, four lab stations, restrooms and an office.  This building will be the primary classroom facility for a lineman training workforce development initiative.  The long-term outcome of this project will deliver a continuous supply of trained linemen available to step in and move up as aging linemen retire.
  15. CITY OF HERNANDO: Workforce Training. DRA Investment: $307,000. Total Investment: $4,307,000. DRA funding will be used to construct a 20,000-square-foot building to accommodate both the local WIN Job Center and workforce training services provided by Northwest Mississippi Community College. By locating these resources in proximity of the DeSoto County Schools Career and Technology Center, the project will further develop a Career Technology Park that has all the resources for providing training, skills and employment opportunities for careers that are in demand.
  16. TOWN OF IVERNESS: Fire Station Improvements. DRA Investment: $392,850 (100%). The town will use DRA funds to build its first fire station. The fire department today shares space with the public works department. This project will separate the two so that they can both operate more efficiently and better serve the citizens of the town and surrounding area.

“Projects such as these are vital to sustaining economic growth and maintaining a healthy living environment for hard-working Mississippians,” said U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper. “I am greatly looking forward to these investments and improvements that are a result of the hard work of our Governor, our delegation, and Delta Regional Authority.”

“The Delta Regional Authority continues to be a sound investment for struggling communities across the Mississippi Delta,” said U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson. “DRA’s investment undoubtedly will aid in the economic and infrastructure growth of the Delta.”

DRA coordinates directly with Mississippi’s planning and development districts for program funding implementation. In addition, the agency works closely with Gov. Bryant 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 the Mississippi Delta region.

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 dra.gov.

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