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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 7, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

DCA announces nearly $1 million in Iowa Great Places grants

Projects combine state resources with local assets to improve communities

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to nine projects in seven Iowa Great Places communities across the state.

Now in its seventh year, Iowa Great Places is a DCA program that combines state resources with local assets to help Iowans make communities, neighborhoods, districts and regions great places to live, work and raise a family.

“With the support of these grants, these communities are moving forward on the projects outlined in their agreements with the state as part of the Iowa Great Places program,” DCA Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “These projects combine state resources with local assets to improve the quality of life in these communities and create economic opportunities.”

Following is the list of Iowa Great Places receiving $918,600 in grant funding announced today:

Danish Villages: $175,000 total
Little Mermaid Trail – $75,000
Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park – $100,000

Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty: $61,600 total
Literature Walk – $9,100
Ranshaw House – $52,500

Marion: $175,000 total
Lowe Park Amphitheater – $175,000

Tama County: $125,000 total
Wieting Opera House – $125,000

Turkey River: $100,000 total
Recreational Trail – $100,000

Villages of Van Buren: $57,000 total
Lacey Keosauqua Park Bathhouse/Guardhouse Reno – $57,000

Warren County: $225,000 total
Scotch Ridge Nature Park Eco Bridge – $225,000

DCA and partnering state agencies continue to work with Iowa Great Places to achieve their visions by identifying technical assistance and existing programs such as grant and financial aid programs. More information is available by visiting www.culturalaffairs.org or calling DCA at 515-281-5111.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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