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Great Places Update: Wieting Opera House secures a $218K Community Attraction and Tourism Grant

Congratulations to the Wieting Opera House for being the latest Tama County recipient of the Vision Iowa Community Attractions and Tourism grant! Yesterday the project was formally awarded $218,000 to support the $1.2 million historic renovation project fundraising efforts. Project leader Jim Roan reports that $755,673 has been raised and pledged to date, and stresses that fundraising efforts continue. A special thank you to the 450 individuals, businesses, organizations and governments who recognized the importance of this project and have contributed to it to date. The goal is to have the theatre restored in time for the 100 year anniversary in 2012. The Wieting Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mission of Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant (CAT) is to support projects that promote recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment attractions that are available to the general public with state gaming income dollars. A total of seven Vision Iowa projects have now been funded in Tama County since the project’s inception:

  1. Gladbrook City Center, 2002
  2. Traer Library, 2002
  3. Toledo Public Library, 2003
  4. Dysart Aquatic Center, 2003
  5. Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center, 2004
  6. Gladbrook Fitness and Wellness Center, 2007
  7. Wieting Opera House, 2011

Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant recipients are also eligible to apply for CAT Marketing dollars after successfully completing a project to increase awareness and use of the attraction to its fullest potential. A further evolution of the grant is now also available. Designed for river front beautification and hazard mitigation, the River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism (RECAT) came online over the last few months after being suspended due the floods of 2008. More info available at www.iowalifechanging.com/vision

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