JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Phil Bryant has been named Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) for 2014 at the annual Governors Quorum Meeting. Bryant replaces former co-chair, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
The DRA is a federal and state partnership that works to improve economic deployment in 252 counties across the south. At least 75 percent of DRA funds are invested in counties that have an unemployment rate of one percent higher than the national average for the most recent 24-month period or that have a per capita income of 80 percent or less of the national per capita income.
“It has been my pledge since day one as governor to grow Mississippi’s economy, and the Delta Regional Authority has always been a great partner in helping advance economic and quality of life priorities for the Delta region in Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “From telehealth advancements to education investments and water and sewer improvements, the DRA is focused on bringing new opportunities to the communities it serves. I look forward to working with Chairman Masingill and the other governors to support the entire 8-state DRA partnership area.”
In 2013 The DRA invested $1,342,557 in projects in Mississippi. The total DRA allocation to the eight participating states was $9,111,719.