Needs of the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership serving a 240-county/parish area in an eight-state region. Led by a Federal Co-Chairman and the governors of each participating state, the DRA is designed to remedy severe and chronic economic distress by stimulating economic development and fostering partnerships that will have a positive impact on the region's economy. The DRA helps economically distressed communities to leverage other federal and state programs that are focused on basic infrastructure development and transportation improvements, business development and job training services. Under federal law, at least 75 percent of funds must be invested in distressed counties and parishes and pockets of poverty, with 50 percent of the funds earmarked for transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. The U.S. Department of Transportation has been involved in a number of activities that relate to the Delta region. For example, in 1995, the Department published a report entitled "Linking the Delta Region with the Nation and the World". This report was the result of an investigation by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), on progress achieved in transportation and employment in the lower Mississippi Delta region. More recently, the FHWA conducted a number of studies of highway corridors in the Delta region as part of the Economic Development Highways Initiative, which was established as part of the 2000 DOT Appropriations Act.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Neathery, Mike

    • Performing Organizations:

      Delta Regional Authority

      236 Sharkey Avenue, Suite 400
      Clarksdale, MS  United States  38614
    • Principal Investigators:

      Triplett, Bill

    • Start Date: 20060601
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20090731
    • Source Data: RiP Project 15070

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460146
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-06-X-30038
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:19PM