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Carrington Economic Development Department awarded grant

The funds were through the Main Street Initiative Partners in Planning Grant.

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BISMARCK — The Carrington Carrington Economic Development Department has been awarded Main Street Initiative Partners in Planning Grant funding.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce said seven communities were selected to receive funding, with a total of $169,587 to be awarded. The Carrington Economic Development Department was awarded $22,500 for a diversification strategic plan.

The MSI PiP Grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local governments with two grant options for completing a comprehensive plan or economic development/diversification strategic plan. Shawn Kessel, Commerce chief operating officer and deputy commissioner, said both options provide seed funding, with the broad goal of enhancing the community’s overall quality of life, economy and workforce.

The economic development/diversification grant option is intended for city, county, economic development organizations and local entities. The grant’s purpose is to partially fund the creation of a new economic development plan that empowers communities and political subdivisions to maintain a sense of place, become more resilient given economic challenges and opportunities, and can increase their overall community well-being. An economic development plan may specifically address economic recovery due to impacts of the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic. This grant option is also intended to partially fund a comprehensive update to an existing plan that is more than five years old.

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