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Great Places Update: Tama County wins $87,000+ I-JOBS Investment Grant

The Governor’s Office formally announced yesterday that out of 25 Iowa Great Places projects, four Tama County projects will receive a total of $87,163 during its first year cycle. The grants are funded through the I-JOBS program, which is designed to create and retain jobs, rebuild communities, invest in Iowa’s infrastructure and promote long-term economic growth.

“As Governor, I am pleased state resources are being combined with local assets to improve the quality of life in these communities and create economic opportunities,” Governor Culver said. “With these grants, these communities are taking their next steps in fulfilling their agreements with the state as part of the Iowa Great Places program.”
“We are proud of our people and leadership that recognizes our diverse cultural heritage and the need to preserve it,” explains Midge Horton, Chair of Tama County Economic Development Commission. “It is important to remember our past as we face our future.”
Tama County Great Places is a Tama County Economic Development Commission $5.5+ million initiative to benefit all of Tama County with five featured projects in development:

Dysart Historical Center
Construction of a historical agricultural display that will tell the story of agriculture and its importance to rural Tama County.
Great Places Funding Year 1: $25,000
Otter Creek Lake & Park
The funds will be used to establish native vegetation on 60 acres of the Hanson Addition, an expansion of Otter Creek Lake and Park.
Great Places Funding Year 1: $12,163
Traer Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery
Construction of a gallery to develop and display the Midwest’s largest collection of shakers as a tourist attraction.
Great Places Funding Year 1: $20,000
Wieting Opera House
Grant for restoration of a historic structure that will include additional seating and maintain the building’s structural integrity.
Great Places Funding Year 1: $30,000
Meskwaki Historical Center and Museum

Phase I is expected to focus on planning. The Meskwaki Project leadership team did not request Iowa Great Places funding for Year 1.
Other partner public granting agencies investing into the Tama County’s Great Places local asset development campaign to date include:

  • State: Iowa Division of Soil Conservation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Grant, State Historical Society of Iowa.
  • Regional Foundations: Mansfield Foundation, Blackhawk County Gaming Association, Tama County Community Foundation, Dysart Community Foundation, Traer Community Foundation, Dysart Community Betterment Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation.
  • Local Government: Clutier, Dysart, Elberon, Garwin, Gladbrook, Tama, Toledo, Traer, and Tama County.

Photo: Bob Etzel, Anthony Wasekuk, Don Wanatee, Governor Chet Culver, Johnathan Buffalo, Mayor Don Lyons, Chair Tama County Economic Development Commission FY10, Alan Kline, Lindi Roelofse, Jim Roan, Catharine Wieck, Ellen Young


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