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BOARD ACTION: More than $1.3 Million Awarded in CAT grants to Two Projects

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Jessica O'Riley, Enhance Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority

More than $1.3 Million Awarded in CAT grants to Two Projects 

November 8, 2017 (Des Moines) – The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $1,360,000 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Arnolds Park and The History Center in Cedar Rapids. The Enhance Iowa Board approved the awards at today’s meeting in Grand Junction.

The following projects were approved: 

Restore the Park, Arnolds Park 
Total Project Cost: $10,777,587 
Amount Requested: $935,000
Award Amount: $935,000 

Project Description: This project includes the renovation of Majestic Pavilion, infrastructure improvements, a new ticket building, new south gate, lakeside common restrooms, a water feature and picnic area, Maritime Museum expansion, parking, additional space for the Iowa Rock and Roll Museum, a new Roof Garden and renovation of the Preservation Plaza Stage.

Landmark & Legacy: Restoring the Douglas Mansion, Cedar Rapids 
Total Project Cost: $2,184,196
Amount Requested: $425,000 
Award Amount: $425,000 

Project Description: The project includes renovations to the Douglas Mansion and installation of new permanent exhibits. 

The Enhance 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, 23 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $8,088,302. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2017, in Des Moines.

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