The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) awarded funding to three regional projects at its Board of Directors meeting on February 19 in Grafton. The awards are as follows:
- $224,030.84 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the City of Crystal Street Paving Project. The City is planning to repave all of the city streets later this year. The CDBG funds will be used to pay the special assessments of the low and moderate income households. This application will now be forwarded to the ND Department of Commerce – Division of Community Services for a grant award.
- $100,628.71 CDBG grant funds to the City of Cavalier Housing Rehabilitation Project. These funds are part of the Phase II funding package. These funds match $163,278 recently awarded by the Federal Home Loan Bank. The project committee has recently awarded bids on eight homes and is seeking more low and moderate income applicants.
- $100,000 Progress Fund loan to DeMars Hardware Inc. dba Grafton True Value Hardware and Lumber. Kerry and Carole DeMars are expanding their hardware business to include lumber. Grafton has been without a lumber store since April 2014.
Pembina and Walsh County Job Development Authorities (JDA) will be bringing their 2015 training series to area businesses. Topics to be covered include leadership, management, challenging negative attitudes, managing stress, team-building and Microsoft® Excel. The eight seminars start in February and conclude in April. Class locations are Cavalier, Grafton, and Park RIver. “People in the rural areas are the backbone of our region and helping them succeed is first and foremost the mission of TrainND Northeast,” said Edie Armey, Director. Armey continues, “We are excited to return to Pembina and Walsh counties with another top-notch training series. Thanks to the JDA sponsorships, we are able to keep the class costs affordable for everyone. Better yet, research proves that training employees improves morale, increases efficiency, and ultimately improves your bottom line.” Presenters include Kathleen “Tootsie” Gasparini, Terri Horpedahl, Jolie Johnston, Grace Kurtz, and Kyle Ternes. All trainers are picked for their applicable experience, patience, and winning attitudes,” Armey added. Some classes have size restrictions so early registration is strongly encouraged. Computer courses are limited to a maximum of 12 per class. A brochure with more detailed descriptions and an online registration system with online payment process are available through www.lrsc.edu/workforce, or call 701-662-1578 for further details. Pembina County and Walsh County 2015 Training Series Brochure FINAL