TINTAH, Apr 15, 2011 -- A partnership between USDA Rural Development and Traverse Electric Cooperative has resulted in a new fire hall for the city of Tintah, Minn. Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Traverse Electric Cooperative today to highlight how a $93,000 Rural Economic Development Grant (REDG) helped make the project possible.
“Traverse Electric deserves a lot of credit for reinvesting in the local community,” Landkamer said. “Tintah’s new fire hall will deliver essential emergency response services and build a stronger, more sustainable community for local businesses and residents.”
In March of 2010, Rural Development awarded Traverse Electric Cooperative a $93,000 REDG to supplement an existing revolving loan fund. Traverse loaned the grant – along with $18,600 in matching funds – to the city of Tintah to build a new fire hall. As the no-interest loan is repaid, Traverse is able to finance other development and facility projects in the region.
The Tintah Fire and First Responder Rescue Squad serves an 118 square mile area in Tintah and Nashua. It also serves five adjacent townships in parts of Traverse, Grant and Wilkin counties. Tintah’s old fire hall was built in 1953 and was too small for modern trucks and equipment. It also posed a safety risk for firefighters and first-responders.
The new facility will improve service and response times. It also will help retain volunteer firefighters and first-responders by improving working and training conditions. The new hall is also more energy efficient and has features to protect the surrounding environment and preserve equipment life.
The REDG program provides funding to rural projects through local utility organizations. Under the REDG program, USDA provides grants to local utilities which, in turn, pass through as loans to local entities (ultimate recipients) for projects that will increase economic development in rural areas.
USDA Rural Development also has financing available for homes, businesses and infrastructure projects in rural communities. To learn more, visit www.rurdev.uda.gov/mn, or call the local office in Alexandria at (320) 763-3191, ext. 4.