What they’re saying: Alabama delegation reacts to DRA $1.1M investment into state

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On Monday, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA)  — a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states — Chairman Chris Caldwell along with Governor Kay Ivey announced the DRA will invest $1.1 million to enhance workforce training and development, help create technology jobs and deliver safe drinking water to the Black Belt region.

Here’s what the Alabama congressional delegation has to has about the investment:

Senator Richard ShelbyU.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:

Delta Regional Authority is dedicated to improving Alabama’s infrastructure and economy by providing this critical funding throughout the Black Belt region. The projects made possible by these investments will drive job creation, enhance workforce training, and ensure our state’s ability to compete on a national stage. I am proud of the work DRA is doing and look forward to collaborating with Chairman Caldwell and his staff on projects that support and benefit Alabama.

Doug JonesU.S. Sen. Doug Jones:

The Delta Regional Authority’s investments will support critical workforce and infrastructure needs in these Alabama communities. The updates to water and wastewater systems are especially important to make sure folks have safe drinking water and healthy homes for their families. I applaud the DRA for continuing its long-standing commitment to providing greater economic opportunity and a higher quality of life in every corner of Alabama.

Bradley Byrne Official fraud1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:

I am grateful to the Delta Regional Authority for their continued investment in rural Alabama. Specifically, the Brewton technology park project will help bring more high-tech, good-paying jobs to Alabama. Despite what you may hear, rural America is continuing to thrive and grow, and that is a testament to organizations like the Delta Regional Authority who continue to invest and support our rural communities.

Martha Roby Official2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:

The Delta Regional Authority’s sizable investment in workforce development will spur continued economic growth, create new jobs, and train a skilled workforce to fill these jobs. I am grateful for DRA’s commitment to growing Alabama’s economy while making sure our state is a great place to live for all people, and I am eager to see the improvements delivered.

Terri Sewell Official7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell:

The investment announced today by the Delta Regional Authority is going to have a powerful impact for Alabama’s working families. By bringing more resources and better opportunities to Alabama’s Black Belt, we are empowering rural families to build a better life for themselves and their communities. Thank you to DRA and to the public and private partners who have made a continued commitment to expanding and strengthening public infrastructure in Alabama.