DULUTH — More than $1 million in federal funding has been secured for the city, Senses announced Monday afternoon. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., in a press release. The funds will designate $500,000 for necessary infrastructure upgrades to the skylift and $750,000 to upgrade the Duluth Police Department’s automated 911 emergency response system.
Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing this federal funding for projects that benefit communities across the state through a process called Congressional Directed Spending. Klobuchar said in the statement that she worked with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and other city leaders to secure resources for both projects.
“I’ve been saying for a long time that we can see the lighthouse on the horizon as we continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. With this funding for Duluth, that’s never been truer,” Larson said. “Thank you to the senses. Klobuchar and Smith for helping secure this funding and fighting for the people of Minnesota in Washington every day.”
The projects are expected to receive the money over the next few months, according to the statement.
“These investments are a big win for Duluth,” Smith said. “These projects will help improve public safety and revitalize key local infrastructure. I am especially proud of our work to secure this funding, which will directly improve the lives of Minnesotans.