Yearly Archives: 2012

Delta Regional Authority Leverages Federal Resources to Support Entrepreneurs and Invest in Infrastructure to Create Jobs

Chairman Masingill: “Working to grow the economy and create jobs is our number one commitment to the people of the Delta.”

A new investment of resources aimed at Delta small business owners, entrepreneurs, and communities is designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, the Delta Regional Authority and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced October 16, 2012.

Louisiana’s Planning & Development Districts aided local governments and non-profit organizations with successful applications under the Delta Regional Authority’s States’ Economic Development Award Program to advance entrepreneurship, transportation/infrastructure, workforce development and related initiatives. The Districts worked with Doyle Robinson, Alternate (DRA-Louisiana), of the Louisiana Governor’s Office to advocate for these investments throughout Louisiana.

Fourteen new investments coming directly to Louisiana, from industrial park developments to programs supporting entrepreneurs and business development, leverage $1.7 million in federal resources into more than $12.5 million in total public and private investment for the Delta region, its people, and its future.



State # of Projects DRA Resources Leveraged Funds Total Investment
Louisiana 14 $1,734,437 $10,945,631 $12,680,068

Chairman Chris Masingill: “Working to grow the … Continue reading? →


an effort by the Louisiana Association of Planning & Development Districts to broaden partnerships and advance the lines of communication with regard to resiliency and emergency management perspectives…generally culminated in an annual event entitled “PARTNERS IN RESILIENCY”



LAPDD is currently planning a PARTNER forum for late 2013.



  • LAPDD Peer Exchange Combined Presentations
  • New Orleans Resiliency Presentation Edits

LAPDD conducted a “PEER EXCHANGE” on September 20, 2012 with assistance under the Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program of the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and the Volpe Center (Volpe National Transportation Systems Center), in order to advance understanding and discussion on different approaches to evacuation and resiliency planning that may be applicable to Louisiana’s disaster response and recovery practices. This allowed LAPDD to bring national speakers, possessing very specific knowledge as facilitators and subject-matter experts, to focus the forum on evacuation, considerations of special populations, and regional impact. Discussion centered on transportation planning, resource utilization for disasters, and the importance of spreading awareness of different stakeholders roles as an opportunity for future collaboration.

KEY TOPICS included … Continue reading? →

Montgomery, LA to Received $100,000 Emergency Investment

Chairman Masingill signs Notice to Proceed with (L to R) DRA Lousiana Alternate, Doyle Robinson; Executive Director of Kisatchie-Delta, Heather Smoak Urena; members of the Montgomery Town Council; and Mayor Suzy Waters.

MONTGOMERY, LA – Businesses and residents in Montgomery and the surrounding area receivde a major emergency investment in resources– targeting the rehabilitation of the sewer treatment system – Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill announced .

The Town of Montgomery had been placed under a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality compliance order. The Delta Regional Authority was notified by Governor Jindal’s office that emergency funding was needed, and the project was approved by DRA in March 2012. The Authority will contributed $100,000 in total investment for the rehabilitation of the Town of Montgomery’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.
This investment included components to:
• Upgrade the disinfection and aeration systems,
• Upgrade and improve chlorine injectors, diffusers, water pumps, air injection equipment and electrical work,
• Address compliance orders from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Chairman Chris Masingill said, “Improving and upgrading wastewater infrastructure for our residents and businesses is key to economic growth. Investing in the development of our basic … Continue reading? →

Each of the eight Regional Planning & Development Districts is receiving nominations for the Region 6 Lantern Award. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) bestows a Lantern Award to outstanding manufacturers, one from each of the eight regions of Louisiana per year. The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 7. These are received in each region through the state’s eight Regional Planning and Development Districts.

Nomination packages may be obtained at the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts’ website and are due to the corresponding district office.Anyone may nominate a manufacturer for this award. Download the 2012 Nomination Packet.

Awards will be presented Tuesday, June 12, at a Governor’s Mansion reception. The Lantern Awards are a partnership between Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation. . The lanterns received by the award recipients have been handcrafted from copper and Louisiana cypress for more than 50 years by Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights in New Orleans.… Continue reading? →