Hamilton Habitat

EDA endorses new nonprofit, Hamilton Habitat

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) met on Tuesday, July 14 via Zoom. In addition to the EDA’s lengthy list of ongoing business, there was something new–a request for support from Anna and Sarah Hamilton of a recently formed nonprofit organization hoping to construct affordable homes in Cook County.

The EDA unanimously agreed to approve a letter of support for Hamilton Habitat. See the EDA’s letter here.

The EDA also considered a resolution to apply for an Iron Range Resources Taconite Area Community Relief Grant. If the grant is received, the EDA would have to match the funds given by 1 percent. The funds are to used primarily for business assistance for COVID-19 pandemic related expenses.

Another matter bringing some financial support to the owners of the businesses whose structures were destroyed by fire on April 13 was discussed. Picnic and Pine, The Crooked Spoon and White Pine North all lost the buildings in which they were housed. The EDA is working with the Northland Foundation on a grant for those businesses, to be used for planning.

The EDA also discussed its ongoing projects and programs–the Superior National at Lutsen golf course, the Nordic Star housing project, assisted living and more.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with EDA president Howard Hedstrom about the EDA’s work.