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Mountain Grove receives $2.5 million grant


It became official last week that the City of Mountain Grove will be receiving a $2.5 million grant through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Industrial Site Development Grant Program.

Mountain Grove was one of 15 municipalities statewide to receive an award from a total of $75 million in grants that were rewarded.

On May 5, Gov. Mike Parson officially announced the grant program and the 15 projects across the state to receive the funding.

The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and part of Gov. Parson’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget plan, is focused on helping communities develop shovel-ready industrial sites to support business expansion and attraction.

“Strengthening our state’s economy through business attraction and growth remains a top priority of our administration,” Gov. Mike Parson said in a press release for the grants awarded.  “Through the Industrial Site Development Grant Program, we’re continuing to promote Missouri’s economic prosperity by delivering the infrastructure and resources that companies need to thrive. We look forward to the benefits this program will provide for businesses and communities statewide.”

The Industrial Site Development Grant Program was launched in December 2022. The program awarded competitive grants to communities to fund costs related to the establishment and expansion of industrial sites.

Of the $75 million available, $50 million was reserved for sites that are 1,000 acres or larger, while $25 million was reserved for sites smaller than 1,000 acres.

In total, the program will help develop 9,700 acres for industrial use.

“Development-ready sites are vital to attracting employers that make a positive difference for Missourians,” Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development said.

“To grow our economy, it’s important to stand out to businesses by providing what they need to invest and expand. This program represents our commitment to creating opportunities through strategic investments in Missouri’s future.”

“This program is awarding funds to a variety of communities, large and small, all across our state,” Shad Burner, Director of Federal Initiatives for the Department of Economic Development said.

“Whether for a city, county, or port authority, having industrial sites ready for businesses is absolutely critical to growth. We’re excited to support local economies through grant awards that are helping establish foundations for success.”

The grants required local investment, and State grant funds could represent no more than 50 percent of total project cost.

For example, if the total project cost was $5 million, the grant award request could be for no more than $2.5 million. Local match investment sources could include local ARPA funds, private investment, and other local funds.

No other area cities received the grant award. The closest was $2.5 million for the City of Carthage. More information regarding economic development in the City of Mountain Grove can be located on the Facebook page  created for the Economic Development of Mountain Grove Missouri.


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