U.S. Division of Commerce Invests $1 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds Increase Tourism and Outside Recreation in Swift County, Minnesota

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The US Department of Commerce is investing $1 million in US Bailout Funds to Boost Tourism and Outdoor Recreation in Swift County, Minnesota

WASHINGTON — Today Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to Swift County, Minnesota, to support the recovery of the local tourism and outdoor recreation sector through improvements in to support the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.

This grant will construct new park areas and renovate existing areas to include new restrooms, vehicle wash stations, a beach recreation area, walking trails and signage. The EDA investment will be matched with $443,227 in local funding and is expected to create or sustain 50 jobs and generate $500,000 in private investment, the grantee estimates.

“President Biden recognizes the vital contribution that the travel and tourism industry makes to the American economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment in Swift County will help the region’s critical tourism and outdoor recreation sector not only recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but also build stronger for the future.”

“The Economic Development Authority plays an important role in supporting economic development strategies that are run by the community and aim to advance coronavirus recovery and response efforts,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will ensure the long-term viability of an important source of tourism-based economic development for Swift County.”

“With over 20 miles of bridle paths, the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park attracts motor enthusiasts from across the state,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar. “This funding will create high-paying jobs and help locals and tourists enjoy the outdoor recreation that Appleton has to offer.”

“Minnesota is blessed with pristine natural landscapes and unique attractions. I’m always thrilled when we can make them more accessible and welcoming,” said Senator Tina Smith. “The tourism industry in Minnesota — and across the country — has been hit hard in recent years. This investment, made possible by the American Rescue Plan, will improve the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park while supporting 50 jobs. This is great news for Swift County and the surrounding communities.”

This project is funded under EDA’s $240 million competitive American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Program. The EDA awarded $510 million in grants to all 50 states and territories in 2021. The two programs aim to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on travel, tourism and outdoor recreation. Effective May 26, 2022, the EDA has officially closed all of its American Rescue Plan programs to applications. The $3 billion in program funding will be awarded on a rolling basis through September 30, 2022.

About the US Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)

The mission of the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the country’s regions for growth and success in the global economy. EDA, an agency within the US Department of Commerce, invests in communities and supports regional collaborations to create jobs for US workers, foster American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.