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Through collaborative leadership we supplied a pipeline of $812 million in new capital investment projects to strengthen and diversify the assets in Iowa. But beyond big number private-sector prospects we also work with the progressive small businesses, nonprofits, civic leaders, workforce, education institutions, utilities, transportation, housing, etc to maximize productivity and long-term prosperity in our evolving economic landscape.

Grants Update: Do you have ideas for making Tama County even more beautiful?

“What a beautiful small town. I can see that the people who live here care about this place. So tell me about the workforce availability…”                          Traer Manufacturing prospect, 2009

This would be one example of what we hear from prospects (who are considering investing millions of dollars into our economy) when we visit industrial building sites. Maybe roadside signage, neat well-kept neighborhoods, preserved downtown historic  buildings shouldn’t matter to potential industry investors. But ultimately communities that are well taken care of reflect that there is a stability in the real estate and workforce market; it proves that community leaders can inspire, and follow through on positive impact objectives. It also creates a positive sense of place with which investors can be proud to associate their name and personal success. And the same goes for hundreds of home buyers moving to Tama County, Iowa from elsewhere.

If you have a vision and follow through to make any of Tama County’s towns even more beautiful, do check out some of the grants available for projects specifically for towns like ours. A new grant was announced yesterday called Keep Iowa Beautiful: Beautification Grant. Projects eligible for funding include:

  • litter prevention/removal/education
  • recycling education/implementation
  • beautification programs (flower, tree, shrub planting, painting & fix up)
  • public nuisance abatement
  • derelict buildings – removal/renovation

Maximum grants are $5,000 for beautification and $15,000 for derelict building projects. A project need not include matching funds.  However, the higher the degree of matching contributions/support, the more likely a project will rate favorably. Matching contributions can include cash, in-kind contributions, and volunteer labor. Deadline: Friday Aug 20, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in resources for beautifying and preserving buildings in any of our towns, contact us. There are also a number of local and statewide meetings on the topic coming up:

TAMA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE:
CURB SIDE APPEAL

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Gladbrook City Hall (upstairs)
Free. Public welcome.
Please RSVP for an est. $7 meal to joanne@tamacountyiowa.org

IOWA DOWNTOWN SUMMIT 2010
August 24-25
Davenport, Iowa
http://www.regonline.com/register/checkin.aspx?EventId=867398

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