WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced over $340,000 in grant money for the Linton Industrial Development Corp., the cities of Anamoose and Beach, Bismarck State College, Northern Plains Resource Conservation, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. These federal funds will help improve and expand rural communities.
“We are proud of our rural communities and the many North Dakotans who live there,” said Heitkamp. “By conducting studies to better understand what a community needs to grow and keep younger generations around, we can continue providing the necessary resources to make those needs a reality. Investing in our small towns is vital to ensuring they remain strong for years to come.”
The federal grants are as follows:
- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa: $108,221 will be put towards providing technical assistance to small and emerging agri-business or ag-related industries. This project is estimated to provide entrepreneurship training to 16 individuals, four small business start-ups, four new farmers markets, and four new micro-businesses.
- Bismarck State College: $99,859 will be put towards purchasing and equipping a mobile simulation lab to deliver training to rural, place-bound nursing students. This project is estimated to create 20 jobs over the next three years.
- City of Anamoose: $67,866 will be put towards an update and renovation of a vacant building that will be leased to a start-up steakhouse restaurant. This project is estimated to create six new jobs in the community.
- City of Beach: $55,000 will be put towards completing a business retention and expansion survey of local entrepreneurs and businesses.
- Linton Industrial Development Corp.: $42,141 will be put towards developing a marketing plan to assist Plains Mobile, Inc. with increasing customer growth, aid in product development strategy, and increase brand awareness on local and national stages. These funds are projected to add two full-time jobs and support three existing jobs.
- Northern Plains Resource Conservation: $22,000 will be put towards completing the ‘Northeast ND Local Foods through Cooperation Feasibility Study’. This study is determining the feasibility to increase economic development with both increased local food demand and increased local food production.
These federal funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development. Rural Development strives to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.