Hormel Institute ‘thankful’ for funding

Published 10:51 am Friday, March 13, 2009

The Hormel Institute is now officially the recipient of $323,000 in federal funding in an effort to establish an International Center of Research Technology.

President Barack Obama signed the federal funding of 16 important local projects into law Wednesday that will help create and save jobs across southern Minnesota. The funds, which were requested by Congressman Tim Walz, are included in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday.

“We are extremely thankful for the funding support secured by Congressman Tim Walz and his staff,” said Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute.  “This type of support is needed from the state of Minnesota and nationally, through federal funding, and is vital to continue to grow The Hormel Institute and bring even more jobs and advances to our research center.  One of The Hormel Institute’s greatest strengths is in its strong partnerships.  We are very thankful to Congressman Walz and his staff for the work they do to help us — they, too,  are our important partners.”

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“These funds will do more than just create jobs,” Walz said.

“These investment dollars strengthen the fabric of our communities. Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, Bolder Options, the Sheriff’s Youth Program and Winona State’s National Child Protection Training Center will ensure that our children drink clean water, receive invaluable support from caring adult mentors and be less likely to fall prey to child predators. Investments like these in the future of our country are priceless.”