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Nearly Two million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities

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Jessica O'Riley, Iowa Economic Development Authority

515.725.3085

visioniowa@iowa.gov

 

Nearly $2 million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities

 

April 12, 2012 (Des Moines) - The Vision Iowa Board awarded $1,995,234 in grants for the construction of a library, wellness center and storm shelter project in Stanton; a wellness center in Indianola; and expansion projects at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The grants were approved Wednesday by the Vision Iowa Board at the meeting in Mason City.

 

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

 

Stanton Viking Center - Stanton

Total Project Cost: $2,726,248

Amount Requested: $513,990

Amount Awarded: $513,990

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 60 days.

 

This project includes the construction of a 23,204 square-foot building to house the public library/technology center, health and recreation center and community room/storm shelter.

 

Indianola Wellness Center – Indianola

Total Project Cost: $14,281,158

Amount Requested: $481,244

Amount Awarded: $481,244

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 30 days.

 

This project includes the construction of a 55,000-square-foot facility with a gymnasium, eight-lane competitive and recreational pools with bleacher seating for 600, wellness areas, locker rooms, program studio, racquetball court and social spaces.

 

Blank Park Zoo Expansion Project – Des Moines

Total Project Cost: $9,384,603

Amount Requested: $1,800,000

Amount Awarded: $1,000,000

Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising in 180 days.

 

This project includes a public camel exhibit in the Zoo’s new park entrance, a state-of-the art filtration for the seal and sea lion pool, and an African expansion to include new animals such as black rhinoceros, eland, kori bustard, watusi and more.

 

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. To date, 356 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $134,791,533. The next Vision Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2012, in Des Moines.

 

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

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