BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, in partnership with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and local partners announced a combined investment of more than $72 million in increased economic development, workforce training and infrastructure improvements throughout Louisiana’s Delta Region.
“This investment comes at a critical time for our state,” said Gov. Edwards. “These resources will help create and retain hundreds of jobs, make basic and much needed infrastructure repairs to provide safe and clean drinking water and sewer services to thousands of households, and ultimately brighten the economic future for some of the most vulnerable communities in our state. This is one of the best examples of how public-private partnerships can be used to improve the lives of our people, and I am excited to partner with DRA to bring this assistance to the people of Louisiana.”
DRA is investing more than $2.2 million in order to help draw down the combined $72 million in investments that will fund seven new statewide projects.
“Families and communities across Louisiana are hurting, many having lost everything in these troubled waters,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill. “Our hearts and prayers go out to them, but let us also show our love and support with action. These new investments do just that – investing in the state’s workforce, infrastructure, and economy. Together with Governor Edwards and our local partners, the DRA is committed to helping Louisiana rebuild and come back stronger than ever.”
The investments are 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 Louisiana’s seven planning and development districts in the region for program funding implementation.
The seven projects include the following:
"We are excited about this major project for our city,” said Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. “The City of Monroe is providing a $692,659 match for the water system expansion portion. Century Village will spur job growth, housing development and multiple quality of life enhancements. The City of Monroe is proud to partner with Governor John Bel Edwards, Delta Regional Authority, Louisiana Economic Development, CenturyLink, IBM and the Century Village project developer for this awesome project.”
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.