Lanesboro and Mabel MN
Article by Michelle Vrieze
The Cities of Lanesboro and Mabel were awarded $449,000 for a 2012 Minnesota Small Cities Development Program grant. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development received a total of 73 applications and awarded 31 Minnesota communities a total of $16.85 million in grants. CEDA was the author of this application and will also be the administrator of the funds.
These funds will be used for rehabilitating existing housing stock for low-to-moderate-income residents in the communities of Lanesboro and Mabel and will also address commercial revitalization in the Lanesboro downtown district. Michelle Vrieze a Community and Business Development Specialist with CEDA stated “These funds help improve slum and blighted properties in small communities, where they could not otherwise afford, along with creating jobs for local contractors.”