Spring Valley receives grant for infrastructure

Spring Valley was one of three Greater Minnesota cities awarded an infrastructure grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Spring Valley was awarded $608,966 to add water, sewer and streets necessary to enlarge its industrial park. AMD Distribution will complete a $1.2 million expansion that will retain 29 employees and add eight new jobs. Kappers Fabricating, Inc., will complete a $950,000 expansion that will retain 37 employees and add 20 jobs. The project will also add five additional lots for other businesses.

The grant was part of $1.69 million in funding awarded from DEED’s Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program (BDPI). Projects in the cities of North Branch, Spring Valley and Wadena were all funded during the first quarter of 2019 and are expected to create more than 2,800 full-time jobs.

“Investments in public infrastructure are critical to the economic success of Greater Minnesota communities,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “These grants will help spur that economic development in North Branch, Spring Valley and Wadena.”

“By utilizing these BDPI grants, cities around the state are improving their local economies,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “These infrastructure projects signal that Greater Minnesota is open for business, and these communities are eager to welcome new opportunities.”

The BDPI grant program supports counties outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Under the program, DEED awards 50 percent of eligible capital costs for the qualifying public infrastructure projects. These projects include wastewater collection and treatment, drinking water, storm sewers and more.

North Branch was awarded $400,575 to assist with the extension of a large trunk water main that will loop water service for a 252-acre industrial park. Wadena was awarded $688,945 to install water, sewer, storm sewer and streets for a new business park.

DEED is the state’s main economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development.