Viroqua receives $2.6M in federal funds to update water infrastructure

The city of Viroqua received a $2.6 million grant to update critical water infrastructure needed to protect local businesses from flooding.

The funding is from the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). “The Trump Administration recognizes the challenges American communities face following natural disasters,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Due to the strategic planning efforts of leaders in Viroqua, this project will help the local business community remain strong through flooding and other natural disasters that impact the region.”

The project is expected to create or retain 61 jobs and spur $8.4 million in private investment, according to the EDA.

“I applaud the decision of the U.S. Department of Commerce to invest in the city of Viroqua with this grant,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. “Protecting local businesses and communities from potentially dangerous flooding is a top priority, and I look forward to continuing to find ways to improve our infrastructure and create jobs across the state of Wisconsin.”

“Communities across western and central Wisconsin face flooding nearly every year, impacting the success of our small businesses and local economies,” said Congressman Ron Kind. “This grant from the Department of Commerce will help expand Viroqua’s industrial park and help provide necessary improvements to the aging water infrastructure in the community,”

The EDA said, the investment will help expand Viroqua’s industrial park by making necessary water infrastructure imporvements needed to protect businesses from future flood events.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. EDA funds the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capitol investment and create jobs.

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