Delta Regional Authority Investing into Southern Illinois Communities

Delta Regional Authority Investing into Southern Illinois Communities

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $1,686,229 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Illinois communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $636,472 and will attract an additional $1.5 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into southern Illinois.

Nine new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support innovative job training in communities across Illinois. The projects are expected to create or retain 4,223 jobs, train 290 individuals, and affect 48 families. Seven of the nine projects will occur in Congressman Mike Bost’s district.

 

The investments were made through the DRA States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) and Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

  1. Access Road – KRPD Baldwin Terminal | Red Bud, IL:  The Kaskaskia Regional Port District will use DRA funds to build a second access road from IL-154 to the Industrial Park at the west side of the property to improve services to businesses. This investment is projected to retain ten jobs.

  • DRA Investment: $241,350
  • Total Investment: $643,650 

The following project was funded by CIF and SEDAP:

  1. Division Street Resurfacing and Sidewalk Project | Du Quoin, IL:  The City of Du Quoin will use DRA funds to resurface Division Street between Poplar and Park Street and replace sidewalks to improve services to residents and businesses. This investment is projected to retain 11 jobs.

  • CIF Investment: $215,903
  • SEDAP Investment: $5,598
  • Total DRA Investment: $221,501
  • Total Investment: $245,429 
  1. CNA Workforce Training | Carmi, IL:  Southeastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to upgrade the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) lab used to train CNA students and incumbent workers. This investment is projected to create ten jobs, retain 220 jobs, and train 180 individuals.

  • DRA Investment: $24,255
  • Total Investment: $24,255 
  1. Industrial Park Lift Station Replacement | Marion, IL:  The City of Marion will use DRA funds to replace a sewage lift station and force main in its industrial park to improve services to businesses and residents. This investment is projected to retain 3,900 jobs and affect 28 families.

  • DRA Investment: $256,500
  • Total Investment: $360,000 
  1. Southeastern Illinois College Advanced Virtual Reality Nursing Training | Harrisburg, IL:  Southeastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to purchase new virtual reality technology and simulator system to train nursing students. This investment is projected to retain six jobs and train 110 individuals.

  • DRA Investment: $59,337
  • Total Investment: $110,548 
  1. Main Street Watermain Replacement | Sesser, IL:  The City of Sesser will use DRA funds to replace a watermain along Illinois Route 154/Franklin Avenue to improve services to businesses and residents. This investment is projected to affect 20 families.

  • DRA Investment: $221,706
  • Total Investment: $245,656 
  1. Yates Site Improvements | Carbondale, IL:  The Southern Illinois Airport Authority will use DRA funds to make surface infrastructure improvements at Industrial Park Building 1 on airport property. This investment is projected to create two jobs and retain two jobs.

  • DRA Investment: $161,257
  • Total Investment: $178,557 
  1. Rough Diamond Road Project | Olmsted, IL:  The Village of Olmsted will use DRA funds to make surface infrastructure improvements to E Cedar Street and Mill Road necessary to support the increase of heavy truck traffic. This investment is projected to retain seven jobs.

  • DRA Investment: $133,834
  • Total Investment: $1,648,117 
  1. Cottonwood Slough Levee Pump Station | Cairo, IL:  The Cairo Drainage and Levee District will use DRA funds to replace two pumps in the Cottonwood Slough pump station to improve services to residents and businesses. This investment is projected to retain 55 jobs.

  • DRA Investment: $366,489
  • Total Investment: $366,489

The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt, investing in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development. DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

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