A-State works to obtain DRA grant money

Arkansas State University To Get Grant for New Convention Center

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University is working to receive funding that had been previously designated for the city of Jonesboro.

According to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, the city "released" a $404,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority to go to industrial development after the Keller family convention center was awarded funding from the Advertising and Promotion Commission earlier this month.

The city had the grant money available to help construct a parking lot for the convention center.

However after the A&P Commission awarded the money, Perrin was able to turn down the grant.

Jeff Hankins, vice president for strategic communications and economic development for the Arkansas State University system, issued the following statement to Region 8 News:

"The City of Jonesboro previously was awarded a $404,000 DRA grant for convention center development but released the grant back to DRA.  Arkansas State University and O'Reilly Hospitality Management have been in discussions with the Delta Regional Authority regarding the convention center project, but A-State has received no funds at this time. It will be the Delta Regional Authority's decision whether to award a grant to the convention center project at A-State.  The DRA and its federal co-chairman, Chris Masingill, have been very supportive of A-State's efforts to serve the Delta."

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