The city of Mora recently took steps to increase use of the city’s industrial park, located at the crossroads of State Highways 65 and 23. State grant funding is being sought to improve highway access and provide utility services.
“Currently there are eight undeveloped lots available in the industrial park,” said City Administrator Lindy Crawford. “Five of the lots are land-locked, and to make them accessible for development they will require the installation of utilities and approximately 1,481 feet of street construction.”
To help promote development the Mora City Council, Economic Development Authority and Public Utilities Commission authorized city staff to apply to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for two grants:
The Transportation Economic Development (TED) Program provides funding to improve, enhance or modify a state trunk highway or highway right-of-way. TED funds will cover trunk highway-eligible expenses.
The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) Program provides funding for infrastructure improvements that promote economic development, such as pre-design and design, acquisition of land, construction and reconstruction. TEDI funds cannot be used for trunk highway improvements.
“TED and TEDI grants fund transportation improvements with measurable economic benefits,” Crawford said. “City staff believe that the grants can be used to develop the eastern portion of the industrial park and add turn lanes from Highway 23. The application deadline is in early September.”