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House Passes Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007

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Location: Washington, DC


Mississippi will benefit greatly, legislation extends Delta Regional Authority eligibility to Jasper and Smith Counties

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, the Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007, (HR 3246) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007 will extend eligibility for Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funds to include Jasper County and Smith County, expanding coverage statewide from 45 counties to 47 counties. Over the past five years, DRA has given Mississippi counties $6.7 million and helped create 1,000 jobs and retain another 500 jobs for the state. For every $1 that DRA contributes, it leverages another $14.60 in investments from private and public resources.

"This legislation is a huge victory for Mississippi with the addition of Jasper and Smith counties," Pickering said. "Over the years, the Delta Regional Authority has provided the resources and infrastructure to assist in making life changing differences in our state - ranging from new medical centers to the construction of frontage roads and sewer systems. Mississippi's distressed counties rely on these funds to generate economic growth and business development. With this expansion, the families, communities, and businesses of Jasper, Smith, and other DRA counties can continue to prosper from the opportunities given to them by this successful program."

The measure also creates a new regional economic development authority, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, which will cover the Southeast region of the United States and include Mississippi counties not currently part of the Delta Regional Authority or Appalachian Regional Commission.

"I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate with the hopes that this legislation will soon become law, and these benefits to the people of Jasper and Smith counties will become a reality," Pickering added.

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