Delta Regional Authority (DRA)

SCPDC is a Strategic Program Partner of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  As the Local Development District for our Parishes our staff of Certified Program Coordinators  are the front-line project managers assisting with DRA investments that support job creation and community development.

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents.

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Through the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, these investments help to improve transportation and basic public infrastructure and to strengthen our workforce development system and local business environments. The Delta Regional Authority supports job creation and economic development through innovative approaches to growing local and regional leadership, increasing access to quality healthcare, and boosting opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain affordable capital.

The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up the most distressed area of the country. The time for action has arrived and the Delta Regional Authority is poised to work with local, state, and federal leaders to bring investment and opportunity back to the Delta region.

The DRA has several Funding Programs and Initiatives to assist the region, including the following:

  • Investing in the Delta
  • States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) Community Infrastructure Fund
  • Rural Communities Advancement Program
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Reimagining the Delta Workforce Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Fund
  • HBCU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative
  • Small Business Initiatives and Investments
  • Promoting a Healthy Delta
  • Promoting Tourism in Delta Communities
  • And many more…

More information about the Delta Regional Authority can be found at

Governments and businesses within the following parishes may be eligible for DRA assistance:

Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Mary

Contact Pat Gordon at for more information.

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