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PFA Awards Grant for Cuyuna Sewer Project

Crow Wing County city investing $1.34 million to rehabilitate sewer collection system

4/14/2017 9:27:36 AM

Monte Hanson, 651-259-7149
Monte.Hanson@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL –
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) awarded a $577,000 grant that will help the city of Cuyuna rehabilitate its sewer collection system.

Cuyuna, a city of about 340 people in Crow Wing County, received the grant from the PFA’s Wastewater Infrastructure Fund. Other support for the $1.34 million project includes a $464,000 grant and $289,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program and $10,000 in local funding.

“This funding package will enable Cuyuna to renovate an aging sewer collection system,” said Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the PFA board and is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “The improved system will protect public health and the local environment.”

The PFA’s Wastewater Infrastructure Fund was created to provide supplemental grants for high-cost projects in rural communities. The funding typically is packaged with PFA loans or USDA Rural Development Program support.

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith’s Jobs Bill would invest $167 million to fund water infrastructure to help communities across Minnesota rehabilitate wastewater and drinking water infrastructure systems, expand capacity and meet water quality requirements. Read more about water infrastructure improvements under their proposal.

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota. Read more at the PFA website.


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