Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $3.5 million into Alabama economy

November 20, 2014

Delta Regional Authority leverages federal resources to strengthen infrastructure to create local jobs and economic opportunity

Chairman Masingill: “Strategic federal investments into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of Alabama."

ALABAMA BLACK BELT– The Delta Regional Authority and its state and local partners are investing more than $3.5 million in federal and local resources aimed at Delta small business owners, entrepreneurs, families, and communities and designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and local partners announced today. 

The seven new investments, from building and repairing roadways and sewer systems to hospital upgrades, leverage approximately $1.1 million in federal resources into more than $3.5 million in total public and private investment for the Alabama Black Belt, its people, and its future. These investments are expected to help create and retain more than 120 jobs for local residents.

State

# of

Projects

DRA

Resources

Leveraged

Funds

Total

Investment

Alabama

6

$1,113,675

$2,471,500

$3,585,175

The awards are provided 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 business development and entrepreneurship projects in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. DRA coordinates directly with Alabama’s local development districts in the region for program funding implementation.

“In this time of extreme competition for jobs and business attraction, these strategic federal investments into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of the Alabama Black Belt and greater Delta region,” Chairman Masingill said.

“The Delta Regional Authority has been a proven ally in our efforts to improve Alabama communities and provide job opportunities, particularly in Alabama’s Black Belt region,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “I cherish our relations with the Delta Regional Authority and the positive impacts of their programs in our state.”

“Delta Regional Authority grants can be so important to local communities and their efforts to boost economic development,” U.S. Representative Martha Roby (AL-2) said.  “I appreciate the work of Governor Bentley and his team at ADECA for recognizing this need and seeing to it that funds were delivered.”

Regarding wastewater improvements in Phenix City, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-3) said, “I am pleased to see these type of investments being made in Phenix City and hope this project will continue to help boost the local economy.” 

SPECIFIC INVESTMENT PROJECTS

1. Wastewater Plant Improvements, Phenix City (AL-3): Installation of a new gas scrubbing system to address one part of a consent order with 21 different items listed for city wastewater system. DRA Investment: $143,480; Leveraged Public Investment: $36,500; Total Project Cost: $236,500.

2. Roof Replacement, Union Springs (AL-2): Replacement of roof of a facility owned by Bullock County Development Authority, which is home to Ace Tech, an automotive supplier. DRA Investment: $180,000; Total Project Cost: $180,000 (60 jobs to be retained).

3. Gas Line Replacement, Brewton (AL-1): Abandon and relocate a gas pipeline first installed in 1955 for safety reasons. DRA Investment: $206,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $935,000; Total Project Cost: $ $1,141,000.

4. Golden Dragon Copper USA facility Phase III, Wilcox County (AL-7): Land purchase as part of a 3-year investment into land preparation and construction of Golden Dragon Copper’s first US facility. DRA Investment: $188,048; Total Project Cost: $188,048.

5. Selma Interpretive Center renovation, Selma (AL-7): Renovation of the second and third floors of the Center that provides education to youth and tourists on Civil Rights Movement. DRA Investment: $150,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $1,500,000; Total Project Cost: $1,650,000 (2 jobs to be created).

6. Wastewater system repairs, Camden (AL-7): Emergency wastewater repairs to stop raw sewage from entering the environment. DRA Investment: $246,147; Total Project Cost: $246,147.

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta region. The investments come through the DRA’s States Economic Development Assistance Program. Through the past twelve project cycles, the DRA has created and retained more than 17,000 jobs with 24,500 more projected. These investments have leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investment with DRA projects that are helping to train 26,000 for a 21st century workforce and have provided more than 25,000 families access to clean water and sewer services.###

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