DRA

Delta Regional Authority

North Delta Regional Planning & Development District, Inc. performs administrative functions and technical assistance with the entire district. Tracy Ausberry, with the help of Grayling Hadnott and Jeffrey Tyler, spearheads this effort in the areas of research, consulting, and grantsmanship.

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. The region served by the DRA makes up the most distressed area of the country. The DRA fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents.

Find more information at the Delta Regional Authority website.

North Delta-DRA Projects

2020 ND-DRA Project List

Delta Broadband Mapping Project

The DRA region, especially rural areas, lacks adequate digital infrastructure to support access to critical services such as healthcare, distance learning, and remote work. In response to these challenges, DRA has launched the Delta Broadband Mapping Project through an innovative online crowd-sourcing platform, DRA has launched this effort to gauge broadband accessibility throughout its eight-state region.

September 29, 2022 Press Release

DRA Announces $4 Million Investment into Louisiana Projects

The following projects were funded by CIF:

Village of East Hodge Main Lift Station | East Hodge, LA: The Town of Hodge will use DRA funds to rehabilitate all existing lift stations within East Hodge. This investment is projected to affect 135 families.

DRA Investment: $362,777

Total Investment: $362,777

Lonewa Road Improvements | Monroe, LA: The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will use DRA funds to repair and widen a segment of Lonewa Road servicing the businesses located on that road and the assisted living and memory carte community under construction. This investment is projected to create 1 job and retain 1 job. 

DRA Investment: $1,174,307

Total Investment: $1,565,743

Sterlington Access Road | Sterlington, LA: The Town of Sterlington will use DRA funds to construct a road that will provide access to 20 acres for economic growth. This investment is projected to create 2 jobs. 

DRA Investment: $368,811

Total Investment: $436,311

Lift Station No. 4 Rehabilitation | Farmerville, LA: The Town of Farmerville will use DRA funds to repair, rehabilitate, and improve sewer lift station number four for the Town of Farmerville. This investment is projected to affect 1,222 families.  

DRA Investment: $364,999

Total Investment: $417,999

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

Village of Forest Water Line | Forest, LA: The Village of Forest will use DRA funds to replace water lines to eliminate a system failure. This investment is projected to affect 610 families.

DRA Investment: $293,212

Total Investment: $325,037

Infrastructure Improvements to Riverton Campground Road | Columbia, LA: The Columbia Port Commission will use DRA funds to improve Riverton Campground Road, a substandard two-lane asphalt road serving as the only access road for the Columbia Port Commission. This investment is projected to create 5 jobs and retain 5 jobs.

DRA Investment: $508,910

Total Investment: $2,363,610

Additional Capital Investment: $150,000

Patterson Street Pump Station Improvements | Jonesboro, LA: The Town of Jonesboro will use DRA funds to replace a deteriorated existing 83,000-gallon ground storage tank and to make pump station improvements at the Patterson Street Pump Station. This investment is projected to affect 1,600 families.

DRA Investment: $228,400

Total Investment: $319,900

318 Rural Industry Supplemental Enhancement Project (318 RISE) | Monroe, LA: The Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc. will use DRA funds to provide training for 20 new jobs converting diesel-powered trains, buses, and trolleys to electric thus developing a newly skilled green workforce for RailCar Co. in Madison Parish. This investment is projected to train 20 individuals.

DRA Investment: $291,397

Total Investment: $367,354

Springhill Water Distribution Upgrades | Springhill, LA: The City of Springhill will use DRA funds to replace the existing water main along Maple Street and a portion of 2nd St. NE and 3rd St. NE and replace three fire hydrants and three gate valves. This investment is projected to affect 18 families.

DRA Investment: $205,940

Total Investment: $255,940

Town of Wisner – Economic Development Street Improvements | Wisner, LA: The Town of Wisner will use DRA funds to rehabilitate 570 feet of Watson Street, which serves critical care facilities and reconstruct 760 feet of Maple Street, which serves retail businesses. This investment is projected to retain 258 jobs and affect 2,859 families.

DRA Investment: $276,142

Total Investment: $283,642

City of Tallulah – Dabney Street Rehabilitation | Tallulah, LA: The City of Tallulah will use DRA funds to place asphaltic concrete on Dabney Street from U.S. 65/S. Chestnut Street to Elm Street.

DRA Investment: $165,000

Total Investment: $183,050

Corney Water System, Inc. – Ground Storage Tank Replacement | Lillie, LA: Corney Water System, Inc. will use DRA funds to replace a ground storage tank that has out-served its useful life. This investment is projected to affect 83 families.

DRA Investment: $213,009

Total Investment: $246,009

Business Innovation Center | Monroe, LA: The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation will use DRA funds to develop the Business Innovation Center (BIC) business incubator.

DRA Investment: $144,343

Total Investment: $159,343

Northeast Louisiana Electrical Apprenticeship Rural Network | Monroe, LA: The Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc. will use DRA funds to expand apprenticeship opportunities for residents of Northeast Louisiana Delta communities to successfully navigate the workforce pipeline and into career placement. This investment is projected to train 20 individuals.

DRA Investment: $523,439

Total Investment: $734,672

February 23, 2022 Press Release

DRA Announces $6.8 Million Investment into Louisiana Communities

The following projects were funded by CIF:

Cypress Street Drainage Improvements | Monroe, La: The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will use DRA funds to replace a failed subsurface drainage pipe. This investment is projected to create 15 jobs and retain 15 jobs.

DRA Investment: $421,393

Total Investment: $468,217

Madison Parish Port Road | Tallulah, La: The Madison Parish Port Commission will use DRA funds to reconstruct and widen approximately 7,500 linear feet of an existing access road to the existing Mississippi River port. This investment is projected to create 11 jobs and retain 180 jobs.

DRA Investment: $1,297,868

Total Investment: $1,618,132

Cypress/Slack Sanitary Sewer Improvements | West Monroe, La: The City of West Monroe will use DRA funds to improve the sanitary sewer system in the Cypress/Slack Street area to eliminate blockages and overflows. This investment is projected to retain 15 jobs and affect 160 families.

DRA Investment: $398,954

Total Investment: $529,303

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

Waterproof Wastewater Treatment Plant | Waterproof, LA: The Town of Waterproof will use DRA funds to assist at keeping the town free of standing sewer water and sanitizing the water output. This investment is projected to affect 270 families.

DRA Investment: $33,815

Total Investment: $33,815

Train the Trainer; Support of Louisiana Municipal Association | Monroe, LA: The University of Louisiana Monroe will use DRA funds to continue to identify cohorts in Northeast Louisiana whose activities would benefit from using unmanned aerial systems in their operations. This investment is projected to train 100 individuals.

DRA Investment: $112,575

Total Investment: $133,615

Hudson Well Transmission Main | Farmerville, LA: The Union Parish Waterworks District No. 1 will use DRA funds to provide for well modifications and construction of a transmission main from the District’s Hudson well to the Spillway Production and Treatment Facility. This investment is projected to affect 568 families.

DRA Investment: $300,000

Total Investment: $330,000

DBA Franklin Medical Center Capacity Expansion | Winnsboro, LA: Franklin Medical Center will use DRA funds to expand ICU, Lab, and Surgery to improve capacity for highly infectious patients, efficient testing, and appropriate overflow for emergent patients with infectious disease. This investment is projected to create five jobs and retain five jobs.

DRA Investment: $509,000

Total Investment: $3,227,929

Lift Station No. 6 Rehabilitation | Farmerville, LA: The Town of Farmerville will use DRA funds to repair, rehabilitate, and improve sewer lift station number 6. This investment is projected to affect 1,222 families.

DRA Investment: $256,500

Total Investment: $296,500

September 17, 2020 Press Release

DRA Announces $4.6 Million Investment into Louisiana Communities

The following projects were funded by CIF:

Tensas Water Distribution Association Waterline Relocation | Tensas, LA: The Tensas Water Distribution Association will use DRA funds to relocate an existing waterline which conflicts with a USACE levee improvement project. This investment is projected to affect 15 families.

DRA Investment: $222,401

Total Investment: $246,401

Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements – Hodge | Hodge, LA: The Village of North Hodge will use DRA funds to repair damage to the wastewater lagoon. This investment is projected to affect 155 families.

DRA Investment: $221,683

Total Investment: $221,683

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

Village of Delta Economic Development Street Improvements | Delta, LA: The Village of Delta will use DRA funds to reconstruct portions of St. Charles Street, Ouachita Avenue, and 2nd Street for economic development and to improve services to residents and businesses. This investment is projected to retain 19 jobs.

DRA Investment: $222,000

Total Investment: $230,000

Highland Park Commercial Subdivision Infrastructure Improvements | West Monroe, LA: The City of West Monroe will use DRA funds to install water and sewer lines, install fire hydrants, and make street improvements for the development of the Highland Park Commercial and Residential Subdivision. This investment is projected to create 20 new jobs and affect 20 families.

DRA Investment: $714,512

Total Investment: $899,512

Air Handler Unit Replacement | Monroe, LA: St. Francis Medical Center will use DRA funds to replace ten critical care area air handler units to improve services to patients and decrease maintenance and operational costs.

DRA Investment: $300,000

Total Investment: $478,418

CommuniHealth Services | West Monroe, LA: Morehouse Community Medical Centers will use DRA funds to build a primary care medical home clinic that will provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services and improve services to residents. This investment is projected to create 12 jobs and train 18 individuals.

DRA Investment: $211,840

Total Investment: $668,840

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