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BOARD ACTION: Nearly $1.5 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to Three Projects

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Jessica O'Riley, Enhance Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority
515.240.8089
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Nearly $1.5 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to Three Projects

December 13, 2017 (Des Moines) – The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $1,499,500 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to theater projects in Council Bluffs and Des Moines, and a splash pool in Strawberry Point. The Enhance Iowa Board approved the awards at today’s meeting in Des Moines.

The following projects were approved: 

Harvester II Arts & Culture Center-Theatre, Council Bluffs 
Total Project Cost: $8,529,397
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a 20,000-square-foot, 245-seat theatre as part of the historic Harvester II building. The theatre will be shared by the American Midwest Ballet, the Chanticleer Community Theater, community partners and arts education
programs.

Des Moines Playhouse Act Two Campaign, Des Moines
Total Project Cost: $3,639,215
Amount Requested: $440,730
Award Amount: $440,000
Project Description: This project will renovate the Mainstage theatre including new seats, ceiling and carpeting; ADA compliant rails; a catwalk for lighting; updated lighting, sound and rigging equipment; ADA access to the stage and entrances to the auditorium; renovated restrooms and lobbies; new green room spaces; new fire alarm system and sprinkler system; new electrical service and new boiler.

Project Name: Strawberry Point Aquatic Center Splash Pool, Strawberry Point
Total Project Cost: $305,388
Amount Requested: $59,500
Amount Awarded: $59,500
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a 30’ x 40’ zero-entry splash pool and water features adjacent to the existing municipal pool.

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, 26 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $9,587,802. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2018, in Urbandale.

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