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Governor Walz Announces Over $20 Million For Economic Development in Greater Minnesota

34 Greater Minnesota Cities, Townships, and Counties to Receive Grants

11/15/2022 7:08:19 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced over $20 million in funding for small cities, townships, and counties in Minnesota. The Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grants will be used for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in 34 Minnesota cities, townships, and counties.

“From St. Peter to Swanville, Minnesota does better when all of our neighborhoods are thriving,” said Governor Walz. “These grants are going directly to smaller communities to help with infrastructure projects and keep our cities growing and thriving. We are working to make Minnesota the best state to live, work, and raise a family – no matter where you live.”

“By investing in projects that will keep moving Minnesota forward, this program will address current and emerging needs for communities across Minnesota,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Minnesota is in a strong economic position, and we will keep working to make sure all of our cities are thriving.”

SCDP grants will be administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development and are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grants are administered by DEED’s Small Cities Development Program Unit. The SCDP grants pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

“This is really a phenomenal program to help small cities in Greater Minnesota grow,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “By driving over $20 million to infrastructure growth in the rural areas of our state, we’re backing up our belief that you can live anywhere in Minnesota and have an extraordinary quality of life – and a positive economic outlook.”

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 can apply for SCDP grants. Eligible projects must meet one of three objectives: benefit people of low and moderate incomes; eliminate slum and blighted conditions; or eliminate an urgent threat to public health or safety. You can find out more about SCDP grants on the DEED website.

Today’s SCDP awards total $20,820,999 for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental rehabilitation, commercial rehabilitation, public facility improvement projects, community centers and streetscape projects.

The following cities received SCDP grants in this funding award:

  • City of Ada, $506,000

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • City of Balaton, $599,955

Owner-occupied housing and rental rehabilitation

  • City of Bellechester, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Cannon Falls, $591,675

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • City of Cass Lake, $345,000

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • City of Cloquet, $483,649

Public facility improvements

  • City of Dalton, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Danube, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Harmony, $1,017,750

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Harris, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Hendricks/Garvin, $1,198,325

Owner-occupied housing, rental rehabilitation and public facility improvements

  • City of Jackson, $1,035,000

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Karlstad $507,380

Owner-occupied housing and rental rehabilitation

  • City of Kiester, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Mahnomen, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Maynard, $115,000

Rental rehabilitation

  • City of Mazeppa, $595,125

Owner-occupied housing and rental rehabilitation

  • City of Mountain Lake, $759,000

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Newfolden, $880,900

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Ortonville, $782,000

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Princeton, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Rollingstone/Altura, $581,900

Owner-occupied housing and rental rehabilitation

  • City of Roosevelt, $132,250

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • City of St. Peter, $575,000

Rental rehabilitation

  • City of Sanborn, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Sandstone, $517,500

Owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Sebeka, $609,500

Owner-occupied housing, rental and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Slayton, $737,840

Owner-occupied housing, rental and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Strandquist, $253,000

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • City of Swanville, $546,250

Owner-occupied housing, rental and commercial rehabilitation

  • City of Swanville, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Taconite, $600,000

Public facility improvements

  • City of Thief River Falls, $600,000

Rental rehabilitation

  • Roseau County, $563,500

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

  • Twin Lakes Township, $287,500

Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

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