IRRRB Approves Funding for 8 Projects

8 Projects Get Funding from IRRRB

Eight development infrastructure projects and investment in two rural broadband projects were considered by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board meeting Monday.

“These projects all contribute to improving the quality of life and attractiveness of communities within our service area,” said IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips. “It’s these types of investments that fit into one of the agency’s strategies to help make communities vibrant places that are appealing to new businesses and residents.”

Among the development infrastructure projects is an expansion of Minnesota Diversified Industries in Cohasset, creating 20 new jobs and a wellness center in Grand Rapids creating 16 new jobs.

Development infrastructure projects that had funding approved were:

1)City of Babbitt Improvements to Birch Lake Landing Area $200,000

2)City of Biwabik Additional funding for prior infrastructure improvement project $100,000

3)City of Cohasset Expansion of Minnesota Diversified Industries $300,000

4)Cook County Expansion of airport runaway $100,000

5)Fairview Range Construction and remodel of the Fairview Range Behavioral Health Unit 250,000

6)City of Grand Rapids Construction of Kiesel Health and Wellness Center $300,000

7)Lutsen Township Redevelopment at Superior National Golf Course $300,000

8)Morse Township Road and site development for new collaborative emergency services facility for Towns of Fall Lake and Morse $100,000

The total amount awarded for those projects was $1,650,000.

The broadband projects that were considered were in Itasca County and Pike Township.

In addition, $5.8 million in Mining Reinvestment Fund rebates to ArcelorMittal Minorca, Hibbing Taconite Company, Northshore Mining Company, United Taconite LLC and Magnetation LLC were on the agenda.

IRRRB is a state economic development agency headquartered in northeastern Minnesota whose mission is to promote and invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.

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