Delta Regional Authority Announces 2014 Round of States’ Economic Development Assistance Program

March 19, 2014

Applications for Federal Investment in Community Projects Open for 252 Counties and Parishes

CLARKSDALE, Miss. – Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today that the Delta Regional Authority is accepting applications to help Delta communities create jobs, train a skilled workforce, and improve infrastructure through the 2014 States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) – the Authority’s flagship investment program.

“Through strategic partnerships with our eight state governors and community leadership throughout the Delta, we are helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the Delta,” said Chairman Masingill. “Over the past three years we have invested nearly $35 million in Delta communities and leveraged a total of $950 million in additional public and private investment. We are proud to continue our investments in Delta communities that create economic opportunity for our region’s hardworking small business owners, entrepreneurs, and families.”

Interested applicants should contact their Local Development District to begin the application process. A list of Local Development Districts for the eight Delta states is available on dra.gov. Projects are due to Local Development Districts by July 3, 2014. 

The States’ Economic Development Assistance Program makes strategic investments in projects for basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development including small business and entrepreneurship, and workforce development and training. Projects must be located in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority. Priority is given to those projects located in distressed counties and parishes as well as to projects that demonstrate innovation and a small business focus, a regional approach, multiple funding partners, and emergency need. 

For program and eligibility guidelines, review the SEDAP website. An online application tool—found at funding.dra.gov—allows funding applicants to create, edit, and track their application at their own convenience.

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through twelve cycles of federal investment, the Authority is helping to create and retain more than 41,000 jobs and has leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investment.

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Contact: Spencer Lucker
(202) 434-4842; slucker@dra.gov