Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $3.6 million into Louisiana economy

November 21, 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 Louisiana.”

LOUISIANA – The Delta Regional Authority and its state and local partners are investing more than $3.6 million in federal and local resources aimed at Louisiana’s 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 fourteen new investments, from building and repairing roadways and sewer systems to training students, farmers, and entrepreneurs, leverage approximately $1.7 million in federal resources into more than $3.6 million in total public and private investment for the Delta region, its people, and its future. 

State

# of

Projects

DRA

Resources

Leveraged

Funds

Total

Investment

Louisiana

14

$1,721,438

$1,925,015

$3,673,453

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 Louisiana’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 Louisiana and the greater Delta region,” Chairman Masingill said.

“Louisiana projects selected for 2014 Delta Regional Authority funding represent a large geographic area of the state. Projects selected are diverse in project type and purpose but they each will assist in making Louisiana a better place to live and find employment,” said Doyle Robinson, DRA Board Designee for Governor Bobby Jindal.

“Our nation’s infrastructure impacts our lives every day, and it needs attention and updates. Making sure it’s up-to-date will continue to be a top priority, and these investments will certainly help Louisiana move forward and accommodate our state’s growth,” U.S. Senator David Vitter said.

SPECIFIC INVESTMENT PROJECTS

1. Re-introducing Lafayette Area Development District, Houma (LA-1): Re-establishment of local development district in Lafayette and surrounding communities with focus on increased efficiency, program support, and capacity for local governments. DRA Investment: $100,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $20,000; Total Project Cost: $120,000.

2. Elevated Water Storage Project, Bernice (LA-4): Renovation of community water system to come into compliance with Louisiana Department of Health and US. EPA. DRA Investment: $250,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $255,000; Total Project Cost: $505,000.

3. Feliciana Airpark - Aviation Business Development Complex, Multi-parish (LA-5, LA-6): Construction of a common-use aviation business development facility, which will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs a foundation to build their businesses. DRA Investment: $200,000; Total Project Cost: $375,674.

4. Louisiana Business & Technology Center Prototype Center, Baton Rouge (LA-2, LA-6): The Prototype center is an entrepreneurial center focused on giving small business owners and entrepreneurs the tools needed to design and build new products. DRA Investment: $95,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $10,000; Total Project Cost: $109,000.

5. Tensas Parish Assessor IT Enhancement Project, Tensas Parish (LA-5): Update of assessment software/technology to integrate computer assisted mass appraisal with GIS; acquisition of current pictometry and updated hardware. DRA Investment: $100,000; Total Project Cost: $110,000.

6. Lake Providence Port Rail Extension, East Carroll Parish (LA-5): Extension of the current rail line to accommodate the Myriant Succinic Acid Bio Refinery Plant. DRA Investment: $210,000; Total Project Cost: $284,710; Private Investment: $50,000 (50 jobs to be retained).

7. Unmanned Aerial Systems Training for Precision Ag Enhancement, Monroe (LA-4, LA-5): Training seminars on utilization of unmanned aerial systems to support precision agriculture that can improve crop yields and profits for farmers; training will support economic development interests as well as the development of regional entrepreneurs. DRA Investment: $110,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $5,106; Total Project Cost: $115,749.

8. Village of Forrest Water Well, Forrest (LA-5): Installation of a new water well for the Village's potable water system and capping of an inoperable well. DRA Investment: $110,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $250,000; Total Project Cost: $361,868.

9. Morehouse Assessor Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Data, Morehouse Parish (LA-5): Collection of improvement data for Morehouse Parish Assessor's office, E911 emergency response system, and public use. DRA Investment: $100,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $20,000; Total Project Cost: $220,000.

10. GIS Infrastructure, Concordia Parish (LA-5): Concordia Parish GIS mapping infrastructure for use to inform public safety services and strategic economic development. DRA Investment: $100,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $87,400; Total Project Cost: $202,400.

11. Golden Meadow Flood Wall Phase 3, Lafourche Parish (LA-1): Refurbishment and improvements to an existing flood wall to enhance business opportunities and community safety. DRA Investment: $150,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $1,248,000; Total Project Cost: $1,403,500.

12. Pipelining Skills to Jobs in Greater New Orleans, Multi-parish (LA-1, LA-2): Connect low-income residents (1000-1500 high school students) with career pathways in skilled-labor fields to build a workforce pipeline to satisfy industry demand for a skilled workforce. DRA Investment: $75,000; Leveraged Public Investment: $51,000; Total Project Cost: $126,000.

13. South First Street Sewer Infrastructure Improvements, Monroe (LA-5): Replacement of collapsed sewer infrastructure on private properties which have been donated to the city. DRA Investment: $71,859; Total Project Cost: $73,762.

14. Brown's Dairy Infrastructure Improvements, New Orleans (LA-2): Upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and catch basins surrounding the Brown's Dairy facility in Central New Orleans, which will ensure continued distribution and opportunity for growing local industry. DRA Investment: $49,579; Leveraged Public Investment: $5,509; Total Project Cost: $55,088.

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