Delta Regional Authority


Created in December 2000, the Delta Regional Authority encourages the development of new jobs and basic improvements to enhance quality of life. The DRA’s formula for strengthening economies is to improve education, infrastructure, transportation and businesses with an emphasis on private enterprise. ADECA oversees the program in Alabama and works with local, state and regional agencies to implement program goals.

The DRA serves 252 counties and parishes in eight states, including 20 counties in Alabama. The Alabama counties in the DRA include Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox.

Each of the member counties in Alabama has been defined as a “distressed county,” where the unemployment rate is greater than the national average, a substantial loss in population has occurred, a major industry or business has closed, or a major disaster or emergency has been experienced. At least 75 percent of the total funds allocated to the authority are invested in distressed counties and half of those funds must be earmarked for transportation and infrastructure improvements. Projects that have a regional impact receive special priority.

The DRA supports job creation and economic development through innovative approaches to growing local and regional leadership, increasing access to quality healthcare, and boosting opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain affordable capital.

The grant applications are submitted to DRA directly, reviewed and recommended jointly by DRA and the State, awarded by DRA, and managed by the DRA staff.

The Local Development Districts (LDDs) are our local partners and are an active and essential part of the DRA partnership. There are six LDDs in Alabama’s Delta Region, and each LDD operates under a Board of Directors composed of elected representatives from the various local governments.



Delta Small Business Academy

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to launch the Delta Small Business Academy (DSBA), which renews its commitment to supporting those in small business and entrepreneurial communities within the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. DRA is now accepting proposals from qualified organizations, including non-profits, institutions of higher education, and other entities to work in partnership with DRA to develop and deploy a nationally recognized technical assistance program.

Responding organizations must submit proposals in PDF format electronically to no later than 11:59 PM CT on April 8, 2022.

More information here.


Apply for the 2022 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy

DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions. Sessions led by local, regional, and national experts cover policy areas such as infrastructure and transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, public health, and other fields necessary to facilitate economic growth in the Delta.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021. Visit for more information.


Delta Summit 2021



Crystal G. Talley
DRA Program Manager
(334) 353-2630
Cleandra Dixon
DRA Program Supervisor​
(334) 353-2909