County to receive to DEED housing funds

After months of gathering documentation on Cook County’s 
housing situation, Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development 
Authority (EDA) Housing Coordinator Nancy Grabko was happy to share
some good news this week. At the May EDA meeting, Grabko said she 
didn’t expect notification about a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities Development Program grant until late June, however 
on June 4, 2012, she sent out an e-mail to the various “housing 
partners” announcing that DEED had fully funded the EDA’s Small SCDP grant request of $291,000.
The funding will be used for five residential owner-occupied and four
commercial rehabilitation projects in the City of Grand Marais.
Grabko initiated the grant application process at the beginning of the
year to meet the April 15, 2012 deadline. Because it has been several 
years since a community housing survey had been completed, the EDA was 
required to complete another survey, something that took longer than 
expected. The initial survey had a poor response, so it was 
redistributed and enough responses were eventually received to offer 
valid results. However, because of the unexpectedly long time spent 
collecting and compiling housing survey results, there was no time to 
get the application to the DEED office, even by over-night mail.  The 
application was hand-delivered.
The application received some help with a letter of support from Iron 
Range Resources Commissioner Tony Sertich touting the collaboration of 
the EDA, Cook County, the City of Grand Marais, the Northeastern 
Minnesota HOME Consortium, Cook County’s Local Energy Project and 
Announcing the grant notification, Grabko wrote to those partners, 
“We recognize and thank you for supporting the Cook County /Grand 
Marais EDA in this application cycle. All of us can take pride in 
knowing that through our combined efforts, we are making a difference 
in the lives of Cook County residents and businesses.”