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$19.6 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure and Housing Development

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Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.725.3150, mobile 515.783.8225

$19.6 million awarded to Iowa communities for infrastructure and housing development projects

Des Moines, IA (May 17, 2016) – Awards totaling $19.6 million were announced today for 59 communities across the state.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 59 community investment projects.  The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

“Strategic investments like these federal funds allow us to make in Iowa’s smaller communities are assisting all areas of our state to be development-ready,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. “As a result of these projects, thousands of Iowans will see infrastructure improvements, rehabilitated housing, new community facilities and exciting enhancements in their downtowns.”

These funds enable communities to make needed improvements to water and sewer systems, improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners, provide facilities for disabled and at-risk individuals, and make transformative improvements to their downtowns.

IEDA received 124 applications for these funds, totaling $36.3 million in funding requests.  The grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, slum and blight elimination, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.

The Community Development Block Grant program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. Applications are solicited annually, usually during the fall. For more information on CDBG or other community programs, phone 515.725.3081, e-mail, or visit Media inquiries should be directed to Tina Hoffman at or 515.725.3150.


A list of funded projects follows.

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