Iowa Parks Foundation Awards Planning Grant To Six NW Iowa Counties

Fri 12-11-2015 []

(Spencer)-- It was announced this (Friday) afternoon the Iowa Parks Foundation has awarded a $20,000 matching grant to six northwest Iowa counties to develop a broad and long-term strategy for parks and trail development in the region. Officials say the planning process could lead to a second grant worth $1.9 million from the Parks Foundation.

The matching grant will benefit residents and visitors to Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O'Brien and Palo Alto counties. Governments in each of the counties pledged $3,500 to support the request.

Kiley Miller of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation tells KUOO news the program is being made possible through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and an initiative by Governor Terry Branstad called the Green Ribbons Commission, which Miller chairs locally...Planning Grant01 

And while the corridor isn't directly involved in the effort, Miller says it does have important ramifications when it comes to economic development and attracting more workers to the area...Planning Grant02 

Miller says they'll be calling on the public in the near future to come up with projects that should be made priorities through the initiative.