City receives $430,650 for downtown revitalization

City receives $430,650 for downtown revitalization
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that the city of Vermillion will receive $430,650 in federal funding to revitalize its historic downtown.

Johnson, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured this funding in the 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Independent Agencies Appropriations Act.

"I am proud to have secured this funding for Vermillion," said Johnson. "Preserving our past will help us to grow in the future by increasing tourism, helping our local economy, and honoring the history and beauty of Vermillion. I will continue to support these projects as a part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan." �

This grant will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is part of the city of Vermillion Downtown Streetscape Project.

Sen. Johnson's Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level.

The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from

Earmarks, like this one, are grants secured by members of Congress, enabling them to support high-priority projects in their home states.� Each member of Congress' ability to deliver earmarks for their state varies depending on their seniority, committee assignments, and other factors.�

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