Special to Atmore News
Last week, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $2,276,745 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Alabama communities and residents.
Atmore is one of 10 investment projects included in funding.
As part of Project Nautilus, the City of Atmore will use DRA funds to construct a new rail spur and transload yard to serve the new peanut processing plant facility. This investment is projected to create 100 new jobs, retain 70 jobs, and train 100 individuals. The DRA investment is $307,071, with the total investment at $84,620,371.
“Southwest Alabama’s agriculture industry depends on effective transport methods to get products to market, so I’m pleased DRA grant money will go towards strengthening our rail infrastructure to support a new peanut processing facility in Atmore. This project and the 100 jobs it will create are great news for the Atmore community and the region,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL 1st District).
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt. DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development. DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.