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7 South Dakota projects get boost with grant funds

PIERRE, S.D. – Seven projects in South Dakota will be getting a boost after Gov. Kristi Noem earlier this month awarded more than $4.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to selected cities and towns. 

The seven entities - Avon, Delmont, Hot Springs, Irene, Marion, Viborg and Whitewood - will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling more than $20 million.

“I’m proud to partner with communities as we work to improve the quality of life in our hometowns,” Gov. Noem said in a statement. “I want to thank the local leaders who are utilizing this program to make their communities even better places to live. These enhancements and upgrades will have a major impact on peoples’ lives for years to come.”

Noem said the block grant funds will be used for the following projects: 

  • The city of Avon will use a $166,665 grant to assist with improvements to its water and sanitary sewer system.
  • The town of Delmont was approved for a $770,000 grant to make substantial upgrades to its wastewater and storm sewer system.
  • The city of Hot Springs was approved for a $565,975 grant to assist with sewer and water infrastructure along Highway 385-18.
  • The city of Irene will use a $770,000 grant to assist with improvements to the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • The city of Marion will use a $767,000 grant to assist with water and sewer improvements.
  • The city of Viborg was approved for a $770,000 grant that will assist with storm and sanitary sewer improvements.
  • The city of Whitewood was approved for a $596,516 grant that will assist with improvements to the city’s water and sanitary infrastructure.

The program, which provides local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions, is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.