OREGON COUNTY -- The Delta Regional Authority has announced their 2006 grant funding program and timeline for this year. South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCOG) Director Jim Dancy said all program applications must be returned to his office no later than March 29.
The Delta Regional Authority includes eight states grouped along the Mississippi River, including Missouri. "There are 144 counties in those eight states we serve and 29 counties in Missouri," Dancy said. He said in the southeastern region of Missouri, to which Oregon County belongs, there are an additional six counties besides Oregon County. They are Shannon, Howell, Ozark, Texas, Douglas and Wright counties.
The presiding commissioners of the seven counties serve on the executive board, including Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren.
The Delta Regional Authority has been formed for four years and was started to help counties in the federally designated Delta Region.
"The program focuses on basic public infrastuctures in distressed counties, transportation infrastuctures for the purpose of helping start economic development within the region, business development, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and job training or employment related education, with an emphasis on the use of existing public education institutions in the region," Dancy said.
Oregon County has yet to benefit from any of the funds distributed through the Delta Regional Authority. Warren said before the new Alton Clinic was started he inquired about obtaining funds for the project but at that time projects such as that were not funded.
"There is $900,000 that is available to Missouri counties this year. We normally get one or two projects financed every year," Dancy said. He said thus far, all projects have been funded 100 percent with no matching monies involved."
Project applications and instructions regarding projects that can be funded through the Delta Regional authority are available by calling Dancy at 417-256-4226.