Several local entities have received CGP grants

By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent

The Community Growth Partnership Grant program is funded by Otter Tail County’s Community Development Agency. The goals of the program are to increase the tax base and improve the quality of life by supporting affordable housing, redevelopment and commercial rehabilitation projects. 

In recent months $17,150 were awarded to three communities in Otter Tail County: 

• City of Vergas – Grant provided for the removal of blight associated with a future housing development site near Lawrence Lake 

• City of Battle Lake – Grant provided to support the redevelopment of a blighted property on Lake Avenue into Neverbetter Market & Wellness 

• City of Ottertail – Grant provided to support exterior rehabilitation of the Williams Company Store  

The Community Development Agency, headed by Community Development Director Amy Baldwin, is in place to strengthen the communities of Otter Tail County by fostering the coordination of public and private resources. Funding through this program remains available.

“Our work is intended to be complementary and supportive to existing efforts throughout the Otter Tail County,” Baldwin said. 

The CDA is a local government agency that is governed by a 9-member board of commissioners.