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American Recovery Grant creates jobs, promotes development

I was delighted to join local, state and federal officials in Parkland on Monday to celebrate the start of construction on the $10 million wastewater treatment facility. This long overdue project is an example of just how much can be accomplished...

I was delighted to join local, state and federal officials in Parkland on Monday to celebrate the start of construction on the $10 million wastewater treatment facility. This long overdue project is an example of just how much can be accomplished when federal and state officials work with local leaders to strengthen our region. It is only through these partnerships that our communities can have the resources to make lasting investments to protect our environment and promote economic development.

The Parkland wastewater project is decades in the making and much credit should be shared by the local elected officials, the sanitary district members and others who recognized the need, followed their vision and persisted in their efforts to succeed. Instead of giving up in the face of overwhelming challenge they re-doubled their effort to construct this system, which will improve the quality of life for generations.

For rural communities the costs of wastewater and clean drinking water projects are prohibitive and without American Recovery dollars this project would have simply been impossible. Through the leadership of Congressman Dave Obey the Federal Government provided $7 million in grants and $3 million in loans. As a result, the project will create urgently needed construction jobs and strengthen the community's ability to grow. Without Dave's help the burden would have been too great for local taxpayers, economic opportunity would have been limited and the future growth of the community would be diminished.

This is a huge grant from the federal government and Town Clerk Marianne Granquist said it best, "I am glad that we are doing this for our children."

This $10 million project is one of several local job creation projects in Douglas County. Next month construction of two storm water systems will occur in Billings Park and South Superior as a result of another $3,464,903 Recovery Act grant. The additional two projects will provide urgently needed construction jobs and result in an upgraded system that protects hundreds of homeowners.

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Parkland's groundbreaking offers hope and reaffirms that our best investments are those that put people to work and also pay the ongoing dividends for those who follow. These projects further the economic vitality of Douglas County. We accomplished much more than breaking ground to begin a wastewater treatment project, we broke ground for a pathway to a better future.

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