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 […]
Congratulations to the Dysart Historical Society for breaking ground Sunday Oct. 10, 2010 on the Dysart Historical Museum Campus. The immediate direct financial investment into the economy is estimated to be $95,000 with $75,000 successfully raised from a wide range of entities including Iowa Great Places, Mansfield Foundation, Tama County Community Foundation, Dysart Foundation, City […]
Historic Preservation Update: Is Tama County one of the most historically rich rural counties of Iowa?
Upon news that Tama County was designated as an Iowa Great Place a Meskwaki Tribal Councilman commented: “We knew this was a great place a long time ago, that is why we bought our first 80 acres in 1857.” The early Tama County Czech and German settlers had a very similar opinion as 288 Tama […]
Every year, around the time when the cherry blossoms up and down Tama County’s streets start blooming is when we visit with each of the twelve city councils and county supervisors that make up Tama County Economic Development Commission for the annual report. This year we also left a present at each city hall: a […]
Fact: the name Iowa comes from the Native American word meaning beautiful land. Fact: Tama soil is the official soil of Iowa, unsurpassed in depth and fertility. Therefore, in Tama County every day is Earth Day. Over the past 40 years Tama County Conservation has been preserving, enhancing and educating the public about this beautiful […]
Thank you to the Iowa Legislators for appropriating $2M towards Iowa Great Places for the next fiscal year. In order to gain access to the funds, Iowa Attorney General’s grant agreement outlines a legal need for increased governmental collaboration (an economic principle also critical in rural Iowa long-term capacity building.) For Tama County that means that […]