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Interoperable Communication State Funds

ARMER Integration and Local Enhancement Grants

From time to time, additional state government funds are made available to support  the costs for local units of government to become full participants on the ARMER system. ARMER Integration and Local Enhancement Grants, providing funds for up to 50 percent of local enhancement to the ARMER backbone, have been made available as follows:

  • 2005: $8 million provided to support up to 50 percent of the costs of local enhancements in Phase Two (local enhancements the metro region) and $9.5 million provided for local enhancements in the 11 southeastern counties of Phase Three and four central Minnesota counties (Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright) in Phase Three.
  • 2009: $5 million provided to support up to 50 percent  of the costs of local enhancements throughout the state.
  • 2011: $3 million allocated by the Department of Public Safety to support up to 50percent of the costs of local enhancements. 

Funding Source

The 2005 ARMER Integration and Local Enhancement Grants were funded from the sale of 911 revenue bonds in the same manner as the costs to construct the ARMER backbone. Debt service for these bonds is supported by the 911 fee collected upon every wireline, wireless and interconnected VoIP telephone subscription maintained in the state. 

The 2009 and 2011 ARMER Integration Grants are funded directly from 911 fees.

Investment Goals

The goal of the ARMER Integration Grants is to support the continued integration of local units of government to the ARMER system and to achieve the highest practical level of interoperability among state, regional and local public safety officials.

The goal of ARMER Local Enhancement Grants is to support the construction of subsystems of ARMER and communications infrastructure interconnected with ARMER.