October 15, 2003 -- Posted at 8:48 AM CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Delta Regional Authority is giving nearly one million dollars to eight eastern Arkansas Delta communities.
The money will help further economic development projects, but it's less than was received last year, when 4.4 million dollars was devoted to 17 projects. The federal agency, established by Congress in 2000, disperses economic development funds in an area covering eight states with 240 counties and parishes.
The eight Arkansas projects that received a total of $974,342 were:
*Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority, $100,000, to upgrade the airport's runway to encourage commercial development.
*Clarendon, $73,080, to install a generator necessary to provide standby power for the city's water treatment plant.
*Magness, $86,266, to construct a sanitary sewer collection system.
Funds totaling $904,634 from the Arkansas Soil and Water and the USDA also have has been awarded to complete the $990,900 project.
*Marshall, $257,996, to help upgrade public infrastructure needed to attract industry and promote industrial and commercial economic development in the area.
*Osceola River Port Authority, $135,500, to resurface and widen the port's access road. Poinsett Rice and Grain LLC, Osceola Division, has given $27,000 to complete the project.
*Turrell, $160,000, to extend access to the city sewer system to all city residents..
*St. Francis County Transportation Commission, $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.
*Wabbaseka, $61,500, to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant. A $217,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture combination grant-loan also has been awarded to complete the $278,500 project.