Hagedorn, Norton Applaud DOT Grant, Continue Collaboration on BUILD Grant Applications

June 3, 2020
Press Release

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Rochester Mayor Kim Norton announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the City of Rochester a grant of more than $3.1 million to invest in a low-emissions public transportation project to demonstrate battery-powered bus technology.

"Projects like this are essential to improving efficiency, commerce and quality of life in Southeast Minnesota. I look forward to continue working in bipartisan fashion with local leaders to secure approval for infrastructure projects that will be a boon to southern Minnesota,” said Hagedorn.

"Putting battery-electric transit vehicles in service furthers the City’s commitment to sustainability by preserving resources today in a way that they can be enjoyed by future generations,” said Norton.

Earlier this week, Rep. Hagedorn and Mayor Norton also discussed their collaboration and progress relating to the city’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant application to DOT.

Read the details of the grant awarded to the City of Rochester.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.