$248,000 grant for Schiller Street project

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Guttenberg was one of six communities recently awarded Iowa Great Places grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Guttenberg received $248,000 to fund the creation of a gateway entrance at Schiller Street leading to streetscape improvements to attract Highway 52 travelers into the riverfront downtown and business district.

Iowa Great Places grants support the development of new and existing community-based infrastructure projects that cultivate unique and authentic qualities of neighborhood, communities and regions in Iowa. The Iowa Great Places Citizen Advisory Board approved the grants during its meeting last month in Des Moines. Statewide, five grants totaling $1 million were awarded in response to 11 applicants requesting nearly $2.9 million. 

Created in 2005, the Iowa Great Places program provides designated communities with access to funding opportunities, professional development training, technical assistance opportunities, and other state and local resources. Currently, the program includes 40 Iowa Great Places designated communities. Funding for the grant program is provided by the Iowa Legislature through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund and requires a 1:1 match.

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