Peterson Announces More Than $1 Million for Dawson Economic Development

September 27, 2012
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) [9/27/2012] – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced that the city of Dawson has received an Economic Development Administration grant of $1,189,500 to aid in the construction of critical infrastructure. The grant is expected to create 137 jobs and leverage more than $35 million in private investment.


“This funding is a huge boost to Dawson and the surrounding area. Investing in our rural communities, creating jobs and making infrastructure improvements, is important to getting our nation’s economy back on track,” Peterson said. “I commend the city for their hard work in obtaining this grant and wish them continued success.”


“This award will enable continued development of our industrial site and will ensure our existing industrial base will not only be maintained but will allow for expansions and future growth,” said Dawson Mayor Merlin Ellefson. “We are very pleased with the Federal Economic Development Administration’s grant award for our community. This has been a true regional effort which we all will benefit.” 


The grant will allow the city to construct critical roadway and related infrastructure to make upgrades to the existing 40-acre industrial park as well as construct a new 65-acre industrial park nearby. The project also includes a new wastewater pretreatment facility to allow industrial expansion and make possible growth in the city’s agricultural processing center.


EDA Grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the applicant’s eligibility, the application’s merit, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at