Bonding Bill Competition 11 Jul 12

There’s $47-million the legislature left open in the bonding bill, but $288-million in requests from communities across Minnesota. Now, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development decides who gets funded and who doesn’t. The largest single dollar request is $27-million for a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Among dozens of other requests: Rochester, St. Cloud and Mankato want money for convention center improvements. Duluth wants to upgrade Wade Stadium. The IRRRB wants money for a Giants Ridge Events Center. Red Wing is looking for funding to renovate the Sheldon Theater – and Minneapolis wants money to redesign the Nicollet Mall downtown.