Klobuchar, Smith Secure Funding for Projects to Benefit Scott County

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that they secured federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2024 federal budget for projects to benefit Scott County and surrounding areas. These projects will invest in public trails, workforce development, and mental health services. Klobuchar and Smith requested the funding along with U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN).

“From building a trail in Prior Lake to investing in workforce development in Shakopee, we worked with local leaders to secure resources for important community initiatives,” said Klobuchar. “Once completed, these projects will improve career opportunities, mental health care, and public outdoor recreation for Scott County.”

“Those closest to an issue have the best solutions, and these projects were developed and designed to fit the specific needs of Scott County,” said Smith. “From promoting economic development to supporting neighbors living with mental illness, these projects will help strengthen our communities.”

Klobuchar and Smith have successfully secured:

  • $1,000,000 for the Prior Lake Trail Connection Project to construct a 0.85-mile multi-use trail segment along the west side of Trunk Highway 13 in Prior Lake.
  • $1,000,000 for the construction of the Shakopee Regional Innovation Hub that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation and workforce development.
  • $1,000,000  to St. Francis Regional Medical Center and Allina Health to open a facility with a robust continuum of mental health and addiction out-patient services.

Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing this federal funding for projects benefiting communities across the state through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). During the CDS process, Klobuchar and Smith have considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across the state.

Projects are expected to receive funding over the next several months.