ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Delta Regional Authority, along with its federal and locally-based partners, has announced more than $4 million in new investments with the goal of strengthening Illinois' infrastructure, workforce and economy.
Specifically, DRA will invest more than $800,000 in supporting southern Illinois' entrepreneurial ecosystem, upgrading and repairing road and water infrastructure in Hardin County and Evansville, as well as purchasing equipment to train local workers on engine systems.
"These strategic investments help us accomplish our core mission – create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of families across Illinois. Investing in critical infrastructure may not be glamorous to some but they are essential in our region's effort to attract and keep global companies, skilled workers, and leading entrepreneurs," DRA Chairman Christopher Masingill said. "I'm proud to work with all of our partners to invest in the future of the Mississippi Delta region."
"Illinois has the best location and the best workforce of any other state in the nation," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said, "Our innovators and entrepreneurs are pushing Illinois' economy forward. Investments like this will help spur growth and innovation for southern Illinois and throughout our state. We hope that through projects like this, more businesses can grow and create a more competitive economy here in Illinois."
"The residents of Illinois' Delta region understand the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure whether that be our roads, bridges, water, or workforce. Today's funding will help pay for much-needed upgrades that spur job growth and create economic stability," U.S. Senator Richard Durbin said. "I will continue working alongside the Delta Regional Authority to ensure Illinois' communities have access to the critical federal resources they need to thrive."