Delta communities interested in improving infrastructure and enhancing economic development opportunities can apply for funding through the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which is Delta Regional Authority’s primary funding mechanism to emphasize job creation, regional collaboration and improve key infrastructure, according to the DRA newsletter.

In 2017, DRA invested more than $21 million in 87 projects across its eight-state region. Additional public and private investments reached nearly $217 million and helped create and retain more than 4,700 jobs, train more than 13,000 workers and provide sewer and water improvements to more than 113,000 families, according to the newsletter.

Key investments included providing new water lines to serve Williams Sausage, a frozen-foods facility in Union City, Tenn. Williams Sausage created 226 new, full-time jobs. DRA also invested in a lineman training program at Madisonville (KY.) Community College to serve current and future employment needs of utility companies and contractors in the Delta region.

In Louisiana, DRA invested more than $260,000 to help the City of New Orleans upgrade its fiber network infrastructure to connect data centers across the area.