The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced Thursday (Oct. 6) that $1.7 million will be invested into five Arkansas infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $3 million and will attract an additional $23 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 or retain 71 jobs and affect over 1,150 families.
“As I travel throughout Arkansas and listen to community leaders, it is clear that infrastructure upgrades are among the state’s greatest needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Accessible roads, reliable water and sewer services, and secure flood protection are essential in order to maintain existing businesses, attract new industries, and keep a community healthy and thriving.”
The city of Summit will use $194,831 in DRA funds to install a new booster pump station near the master meter that connects to the regional water supplier. This investment is projected to create one job, retain 25 jobs, and affect 240 families.
Independence County will use $414,915 in DRA funds to construct an access road off of the highway, an access road to the parking area, and a parking area on the new American Stave Company mill project site. This investment is projected to create 45 jobs.
The city of Luxora will use $508,910 in DRA funds to install a new water distribution system. This investment is projected to affect 445 families. The city of Montrose will use $400,000 DRA funds to complete the rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater pond and three pump stations. This investment is projected to affect 220 families.
The city of Altheimer will use $247,876 DRA funds to make necessary improvements to its wastewater system. This investment is projected to affect 248 families.