SUBJ: STEELE COUNTY EAST SIDE CORRIDOR
Dear Mr. Ilkka:
On behalf of the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and its Board of Directors, I’m pleased to write this letter of support for the East Side Corridor project.
The project, which has been decades in the planning, will address the critical need for a north – south collector route on the east side of Owatonna. This project will improve mobility options for residents and businesses within the city as well as all eastern Steele County. It will facilitate the City’s growth and significantly contribute to its economic development. Without this corridor traffic downtown will continue to increase and create congestion which will have a detrimental impact on the economic development of the city.
In addition, the East Side Corridor will add trails to the eastern side of the city, completing a loop that will be a significant improvement to the City’s trail system with the potential to bring additional bikers and hikers to the city.
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism supports this project because of its local and regional significance. We appreciate the opportunity to advocate for this important project and wish you the best of luck with your grant application to the Minnesota Local Road Improvement Program.
Mike Herman, Chair Brad Meier, President
Board of Directors