Four Region 8 Projects Land Federal Funding

September 10, 2003 - Posted at: 2:10 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four Region 8 infrastructure projects have been awarded nearly a half-million dollars from the Delta Regional Authority to enhance economic development in the area.  The announcement came this afternoon from Arkansas' Congressional delegation.

The federal agency, established by Congress in 2000, has eight member states and is in its second year of awarding grants.

The Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority is in line for $100,000 to upgrade the airport's runway to encourage commercial development.

The Osceola River Port Authority is earmarked for $135,500 to resurface and widen the port's access road.  Poinsett Grain & Rice, LLC, Osceola Division, has given $27,000 to complete the project.

The city of Turrell gets $160,000 to extend access to the city sewer system to all residents.

The St. Francis County Transportation Commission will get $100,000 to partially fund the development of the St. Francis County Transportation Mall.  The commission is developing a 200-acre site to eventually be the largest truck stop and transportation mall in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.