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BOARD ACTION: Nearly $1.5 Million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities

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Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Tourism Office, IDED

515.725.3085

traveliowa@iowaeda.com

 

Nearly $1.5 Million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities

 

February 9, 2011 (Des Moines) – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $1,475,000 in grants to a outdoor learning center in Linn County, historical museum in Spencer and library in Shenandoah. The grants were approved Wednesday by the Vision Iowa Board at their meeting in Des Moines.

 

“The Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center expansion will allow more people to enjoy the popular programming at the wonderful facility,” said Vision Iowa Board Chairwoman Regenia Bailey. “The Linn County Conservation Board did a great job in soliciting support from communities across the county.”

 

The following projects were approved for grants awarded from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Fund:

 

Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center Expansion – Linn County

Total Project Cost: $3,645,000

Amount Requested: $893,743

Amount Awarded: $850,000

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 60 days.

 

This project includes the expansion of approximately 8,300 square feet to the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center. Specific elements of this expansion will include an additional multi-purpose classroom, expanded educational exhibit area, a tornado safe room (which will also serve as administrative office), public restrooms and storage area.

 

Clay County Heritage Center - Spencer

Total Project Cost: $1,120,100

Amount Requested: $222,791

Amount Awarded: $200,000

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 90 days.

 

This project includes the adaptive reuse, remodel, and expansion of an existing storefront in downtown Spencer. The current 9,000-square-foot facility will be expanded into the 11,359-square-foot Clay County Heritage Center, which will provide additional space for displays, archive, and collection and research of the historical artifacts in Clay County. 

 

Specific vertical infrastructure components will: raise the roof of the existing building by four feet, relocate the main entrance from the east side to the south side, renovate the exterior shell with primary façade improvements, insulate the exterior, install energy efficient doors and windows with ultra-violet light protection, construct a new pedestrian plaza and green space at the intersection of West Park Street and Grand Avenue.

 

Shenandoah Public Library Expansion/Renovation Project - Shenandoah

Total Project Cost: $2,600,000

Amount Requested: $425,000

Amount Awarded: $410,000

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 30 days.

 

This project includes a 1,500-square-foot renovation of the existing library space, and the construction of a new 2,500-square-foot addition to expand the children’s section, add a book drop room, and allow the library to become ADA compliant with a zero grade entry, full size elevator, and handicapped restrooms.

 

The Vision Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. Currently, 344 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $130,248,205. Six RECAT grants, totaling $5,323,000 have been awarded. The next Vision Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2011, in Des Moines.

 

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 NOTE TO MEDIA – Vision Iowa Board Chairwoman Regenia Bailey is available for comment regarding these projects. Contact Jessica O’Riley at 515.725.3085 to arrange.

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