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BOARD ACTION: Vision Iowa Board Approves $119,000 in Marketing Grants


Jessica O'Riley, Iowa Economic Development Authority





December 14, 2011 (Des Moines) - The Vision Iowa Board approved 13 marketing grants totaling $119,550.25 during their meeting in Des Moines today.


The following projects were approved for marketing grants:


Dubuque County Historical Society (National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium) - $15,000


Mason City Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Historic Park Inn Hotel) - $6,827.50


Blank Park Zoo Foundation, Des Moines - $15,000


Iowa Valley Community College District and Ellsworth Community College (Equine Center Agricultural and Renewable Energy Center) - $5,500


Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines - $15,000


City of Storm Lake (King’s Pointe Resort) - $15,000


Edmundson Art Foundation (dba Des Moines Art Center), Des Moines - $14,500


Pottawattamie County Conservation Board (Hitchcock Nature Center and Mid-America Center) - $8,000


National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids - $7,500


City of DeWitt (Central Performing Arts Center) - $4,000


Manning Heritage Foundation (Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park) - $1,022.75


Grout Museum District (Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum) - $10,000


City of Garner (Veterans Memorial Recreation Center and Garner Aquatic Center) -$2,200


Legislation passed during the 2008 session allocated $100,000 of Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) funds for tourism marketing through fiscal year 2013. The Vision Iowa Board created a grant program to distribute the funds. The only eligible applicants were previous CAT or Vision Iowa award recipients. Unused funds from previous years were carried forward, allowing additional funds to be awarded this year.


Funding could be used for print, broadcast or online/new media advertising. There was no minimum grant amount; the maximum allowable grant was $15,000. Applicants were required to match at least 50 percent of their request locally.


The next Vision Iowa Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 11, 2011, in Des Moines.


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NOTE TO MEDIA – Vision Iowa Board Chairwoman Cathy Reece is available for comment regarding these grants. Contact Jessica O’Riley at 515.725.3085 or to arrange.

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