EYOTA, Minn.- Congressman Tim Walz made a stop in Eyota today, introducing the Small Town and Regional Vitality Investment act of 2018.
Congressman Walz says the new bill will offer federal grants for small towns, helping them build strong communities and create jobs.
The Representative stood with local leaders from small and rural towns across southern Minnesota.
This legislation looks to empower local leaders, by creating a new investment initiative that will share federal funds with local government. Walz says small communities are struggling to compete with larger cities. Austin mayor Thomas Stiehm helped create the bill.
He adds this bill will help keep the burden off taxpayers.
“We don't want to be second class city. We want to be a first class city and we have been over the years and we want to maintain that and as resources are dwindling we're going to have to find new resources and I think this bill will help address that,” said Stiehm.
Towns with populations of 30,000 or fewer people will qualify for funding. The funding can be used for…
1.)Affordable quality child care and early education options
3.)Building housing for local workforce
4.)Creating more community amenities like art, music, sports and bike trails.
Congressman Walz says the next step is to build support in congress to move the bill forward.