Delta Regional Authority: States’ Economic Development Assistance Program

Strong investment in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority has helped to improve the quality of life and boost economic development opportunities. The main investment tool used by the Delta Regional Authority is the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP).

The 2013 application cycle is now open!

The States’ Economic Development Assistance Program may be used to fund projects for basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development including entrepreneurship, and workforce development and training. Projects must be located in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate innovation and small business focus, a regional approach, multiple funding partners, and emergency need.

Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds are targeted to transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. SEDAP funds projects in four categories:
1.    Basic Public Infrastructure

2.    Transportation Infrastructure

3.    Business Development

4.    Workforce Development
With 45 Local Development Districts as front-line project managers, these investments by the Delta Regional Authority support job creation and community development projects. In the past ten project cycles, the Authority created more than 9,000 jobs and retained 7,500 jobs. DRA leveraged $1.7 billion in private investment with SEDAP projects and have helped 25,000 families gain access to clean water and sewer service.

For State Planning District 6, the LDD is Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District. Interested applicants should contact their Local Development District to begin the application process. Contact information for Louisiana’s other Local Development Districts may be found at www.lapdd.org.

For program and eligibility guidelines review the SEDAP website. An automated website to process applications is available at www.dra.gov to streamline the application and approval process for projects.

Projects are due to Local Development Districts by June 19, 2013.