4/18/2019 3:44:00 PM North Branch
to get $400,000 from state DEED
The state Dept. of Employment and Economic Development announced last week it is awarding the City of North Branch $400,575 to be put into a project looping city watermain services on the north end of town. State infrastructure grants also went to Wadena and Spring Valley. The grants are only for governmental units and publicly-owned infrastructure.
DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said in a press release that the Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program helps “...signal that Greater Minnesota is open for business.”
The grant will be applied to a project improving the infrastructure of the city’s Interstate Business Park, which in turn has the capacity to bring some 2,800 jobs when built-out.
North Branch City Administrator Renae Fry said the city is appreciative of the help from city engineering firm WSB in submitting a grant application that stood out. She said Paxmar, a developer of a multi-year housing and commercial nighborhood on the north end of Flink Avenue, west of the freeway, is contributing $1.8 million towards city water and sewer extension.