Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority launches Delta Challenge pitch competitions to identify and strengthen entrepreneurs in Delta. Entrepreneurship Network will cultivate innovation, growth in regional entrepreneurial community (January 15, 2015)

The DRA Entrepreneurship Network is a competitive fellowship program to identify entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship support organizations in the Delta region, nurture entrepreneurial talent, and grow those entrepreneurs into talented, innovative drivers of the Delta’s local and regional economies. 

In partnership with The Idea Village in New Orleans, the DRA Entrepreneurship Network affords participants the opportunity to access industry experts, gain technical knowledge, expand their entrepreneurial network, and contribute to the enhancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the DRA region. Participants will experience the development of a more connected, comprehensive network among entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support service providers and educators.

For more information, please see attached documents describing each opportunity and visit DRA’s website at:


2012 Delta Regional Authority (DRA) State Economic Development Assistance Program Investments in the New Orleans Region

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. The investments come through the DRA's States Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP). With 45 Local Development Districts as front-line project managers, these investments by the Delta Regional Authority support job creation and community development projects. In the past ten project cycles, the Authority created or retained nearly 17,000 jobs. They leveraged $2.2 billion in other public and private investment with DRA projects, trained almost 4,000 for a 21st century workforce and helped more than 25,000 families gain access to clean water and sewer service.

This year the greater New Orleans region received two investments through the State Econmomic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP). They were:

  • New Orleans BioInnovation Center
    DRA investment: $70,000
    Total Project Cost: $88,000
    NOBIC, a nonprofit wet lab incubator will expand its technical assistance for commercializing technology to biotech start-ups.

  • Downtown Development District
    DRA investment: $40,000
    Total Project Cost: $850,000
    Improvements to infrastructure along Girod Street will facilitate the development of a large scale infill project – the South Market District – adjacent to the Loyola Streetcar line, creating jobs and bringing housing stock to the area.
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