Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that Fort Pierre will receive a $1,875,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will be used to construct a storm water drainage system from the Fort Pierre Recreational Trail to the Missouri River, which was damaged from floods in 2008. In addition to protecting local businesses from future flooding, the project will create as many as 15 jobs and retain as many as 63 jobs.
“In addition to creating and saving jobs, this storm drainage system will protect the Fort Pierre Recreational Trail from flooding and make it available for local residents to enjoy,” Johnson said. “My Hometown Prosperity Plan calls for investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment.”
Johnson has continually supported the EDA and economic development in South Dakota as a member of the Appropriations Committee.
The Economic Development Administration, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was established in the 1960s to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA assistance is available to rural and urban areas of the nation experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress.
Senator Johnson's Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.senate.gov.
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