News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021725
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 893-2220
RICHARDTON, N.D., Jul 29, 2013 --

@@Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, announced today that the City of Richardton received a $92,000 grant for community planning and development services.

“Planning is important in building successful, thriving communities,” said Schneider. “This grant will help the City of Richardton tackle short-term development issues while attaining long-term sustainability.”

The City of Richardton will partner with Crossroads Community Advisors LLC to implement the city’s Housing, Zoning, Planning, and Economic Development Initiative. The initiative is a step-by-step process to prepare for the present and future impacts of oil development as well as planning for the long-term impacts after the energy development ceases. The community will also be asked to partner in the planning process to provide insight and share concerns.

The funding was provided through the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program, which focuses on business expansion and job creation. Since 2009, the RBOG program has invested more than $890,000 in North Dakota. For more information on USDA programs, please call (701) 530-2037 or visit