Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., announced the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Itasca County $190,000 for the hiring of an economic recovery coordinator to help boost economic development in the county.

Economic Development Administration grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application's merit, the applicant's eligibility and the availability of funds. More information on EDA's grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.

"I'm happy to see that the Department of Commerce has decided to make this key investment in Itasca County," Stauber stated in a news release. "Rural Minnesota matters, and this investment will go a long way towards unleashing the economic engine in this important area of Minnesota's 8th Congressional District."

"This investment will encourage innovation and help our workers find and retain good jobs in the 21st century economy," Klobuchar stated in the release. "We need to make every effort to attract and retain good businesses in Grand Rapids and Itasca County. Itasca County has a skilled and productive workforce and abundant natural resources and this investment will help the Itasca Economic Development Corporation sustain a healthy local economy."

"Investments like these spur economic development," Smith stated in the release. "When our rural areas thrive, we create a 21st century economy that works for everyone."