by Tyler Hale
The gavel is being passed to a new governor for the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) annual DRA States’ Co-Chairman.
DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced that Lousisiana Governor John Bel Edwards had been selected to serve as the states’ co-chairman for 2020. Edwards takes over the position from former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, who was named to the role in 2019.
“Governor Edwards has demonstrated a lifetime of leadership and service, and his track record of economic growth in Louisiana will be a tremendous asset to the entire DRA region,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell. “I look forward to working with Governor Edwards as we continue our mission of strengthening infrastructure, job growth, and economic development across DRA’s eight-state region.”
Edwards has served as Louisiana’s 56th governor since 2016 and started his second term in January 2020. During his administration, Louisiana has netted 211 economic projects and has created approximately 40,000 new, permanent jobs, as well as 36,000 retained jobs with expanding employers, according to a DRA news release.
“I’m honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as co-chairman and look forward to working closely with Federal Co-Chairman Caldwell,” Edwards said. “I am from a rural parish and understand the needs first-hand as well as the rich contributions these vital communities make to our state and nation. That’s why as I begin my second term in office, I have put a renewed focus on helping revitalize our struggling rural areas. The DRA continues to be a leader in expanding growth in the Delta and improving the lives of the people who call these regions home, and I am committed to building on that success.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson previously served as the DRA States’ Co-Chairman in 2018.
A federal-state partnership, the Delta Regional Authority services segments of an eight-state region. The organization’s mission is to “promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi Delta and the Alabama Black Belt.” It investments in infrastructure projects, workforce training, business development and more.