Vision Iowa to award over one million dollars

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

The Vision Iowa board has awarded nearly $1.1 million for small projects in eight communities.

"We're proud to join eight more communities in creating developments that will make Iowa a better place to live, work and visit," said Michael Gartner, board chairman.

In western Iowa, Kingsley won $250,000 in Community Attraction and Tourism funds to build a wellness center, an outdoor all-weather track and a pedestrian and bike trail.

In central Iowa, Manson received $52,000 to build an aquatic center and State Center got $75,000 to rehabilitate a historic building that will house the Rural Heritage Center of Iowa and the Iowa Barn Foundation, among other things.

Five communities in eastern Iowa won awards. The board gave Anamosa $200,000 to help build a library, Dubuque $200,000 to help restore its opera house and Aurora $85,000 to build a facility that will include a library, gym and meeting room.

LaPorte City got $30,000 to restore a building that would display artifacts from the LaPorte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum. Wall Lake won $200,000 to build a community center.

At the board's meeting last month, it asked staff not to process new applications for CAT projects until they dealt with current proposals. About 20 projects are competing for less than $5 million that remains in the CAT fund.

CAT gets a total of $12.5 million a year, coming from the state's tobacco settlement. The funds will be available through June 2004. The Legislature didn't extend the program during this year's session.

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