The Delta Regional Authority is accepting applications for the States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) for 2012.

The Delta Regional Authority is accepting applications for the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) for 2012.

The purpose is to help Delta communities create jobs and improve infrastructure.

DRA is mandated by congress to identify and provide investments to help grow the small business and entrepreneurial community in 252 counties and parishes of the Delta.

The SEDAP announcement was made recently by DRA federal co-chairman Chris Masingill, state co-chairman, Gov. Jay Nixon and the board of governors.

“Working in partnership with the governors of our eight states, our goal is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of our people in the Delta region,” Masingill said. “Through last year’s program we were able to invest more than $10 million in Delta communities and leverage a total of $66 million in additional public and private investment. We are excited to again be working with communities to grow the economy and create jobs, honoring the daily sacrifice and commitment of our region’s small business owners, entrepreneurs and communities.”

Interested applicants should contact their local development district to begin the application process. A list of districts for the eight Delta states is available on the DRA website — www.dra.gov . Projects are due to Local Development Districts by May 29.

The SEDAP may be used to fund projects for basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development including entrepreneurship and workforce training. Projects must be located in the 252 counties and parishes served by DRA. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate innovation and small business, a regional approach, multiple funding partners, and emergency need.

Details: Visit www.dra.gov .