IRRRB Reviews $8 Million in Public Works Grants

By KBJR News 1

December 13, 2011 Updated Dec 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM CDT

EVELETH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--More than $8 million in public works grants will be reviewed at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board meeting Wednesday.

Three health care facilities and 38 communities in the region will use the funding to improve or advance infrastructure projects.

About 170 long term jobs and more than 500 construction jobs will be created.
The grant money will leverage more than $85 million in project costs.

The IRRRB will continue to work with communities to make sure each project is shovel ready by the start of construction season.

"We don't want to fund a project that's going to sit on the shelf for a while," Commissioner Tony Sertich said. "We want to make sure there are shovels in the ground, construction workers are working and that we can move that to permanent jobs in the future."

Each community that receives an IRRRB grant is required to contribute some payments as well.

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