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Abraham announces $1.2 million in DRA funding to support 8 projects in Louisiana's 5th District

October 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today announced that eight projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $1.12 million from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), a federal economic development entity funded and authorized by Congress.

The investments will help support eight projects in Ouachita, Rapides, Lincoln, LaSalle, Concordia and East Carroll parishes.

“This is terrific news for cities and towns throughout my district and Louisiana. From infrastructure improvements to workforce development and new jobs, this funding will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of families in communities across our state,” said Dr. Abraham. “I appreciate the DRA for awarding these funds, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of our federal partners for more investments in the future.”

The 5th District is the largest recipient of a wave of DRA investments in Louisiana. In total, the state will receive $2.6 million from the DRA to support 15 projects that will benefit a combined 11,580 families, provide training for 5,145 workers, and create or retain a combined 204 jobs. Combined total public and private funding for these projects totals more than $34.6 million.

Projects in Monroe will receive a combined $540,000 for three projects. The DRA will invest $300,000 to build an access road to serve the Millhaven Industrial Park and a new manufacturing facility. It will create 40 jobs at a 1.25 million square foot plant that will build and distribute cartons. St. Francis Medical Center will receive $150,000 to help build a new helipad to improve emergency and health crisis response times. The University of Louisiana at Monroe will receive $90,000 to help train 125 workers on unmanned aerial systems that can be used by farmers, firefighters, law enforcement official and public utility companies.

The Town of Vidalia will receive $200,000 to to extend natural gas and broadband connectivity lines to serve the Vidalia Industrial Park and Port Complex. The investments will support an international manufacturing business that will locate its first facility in the United States in Concordia Parish where it will produce spherical graphite used in lithium batteries in electric vehicles. This funding will support five new jobs and workforce training for 20 workers.

The City of Grambling will receive $200,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, which serves about 1,157 families, a number of businesses and Grambling State University.

The LaSalle General Hospital in Jena will receive $180,528 to help renovate the emergency room and admitting area to help the hospital keep up with its growth as a regional hospital.

The Town of Lake Providence will receive $135,000 to help with sewer treatment improvements. The DRA funds will be used to upgrade the South Pond Sewer Treatment Facility, a 50-year-old pond that is deteriorating and could expose the town to unsafe and unsanitary conditions should it collapse. The investment will improve service for about 1,556 families.

The Town of Ball will receive $100,000 to extend sewer lines to 12 existing homes and create access points for another 90 new homes that will be built in Rapides Parish. About 1,508 families will gain better service.

To read more about these projects and the other projects funded in Louisiana, click here.