Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced late last week that $9.3 million will be invested into 18 Louisiana infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), including projects in both Ruston and Grambling.
The investment will be matched by $11.7 million and will attract an additional $6.7 million in capital investments. The CIF program addresses unmet basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and flood control needs to help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. These projects are expected to create 98 jobs, retain 126 jobs, and affect over 18,000 families.
“We are thankful for and appreciate the governors office for granting this to the city of Ruston,” said Mayor Ronny Walker. “To my knowledge this is the first DRA grant we have ever received. This is for Russtown Industrial Park, the land that was the old Ruston Airport. I will provide a new road so we can provide space for between five and seven buildings for companies that may want to come to Ruston.”
This is the area adjacent to where UPS and Monster Moto are currently located. Walker said the process will take a while.
“It’s a long process to get the paperwork and to start the biding process,” Walker said. “It gives us another opportunity to really recruit businesses that want to come but that need a space to build.”
The two projects within Lincoln Parish include:
Grambling Sewer Collection System Renovations | Grambling, LA: The City of Grambling will use DRA funds to renovate the sewer collection system at the College Lift Station. This investment is projected to create 25 jobs, retain 98 jobs, and affect 430 families.
- DRA Investment: $300,000
- Total Investment: $694,600
Russtown Industrial Access Road | Ruston, LA: The City of Ruston will use DRA funds to build an industrial road ensuring access to seven lots for development at the old Ruston airport. This investment is projected to create 20 jobs and retain 15 jobs.
- DRA Investment: $1,013,860
- Total Investment: $1,572,744
Louisiana: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot
- Number of Projects: 18
- DRA Investment: $9,346,667
- Total Project Investment: $21,112,213
- Additional Capital Investment: $6,700,000
- Jobs Created: 98
- Jobs Retained: 126
- Families Affected: 18,766
About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority (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. DRA invests 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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