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Cedar Rapids submits projects for I-JOBS funding

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - This week, the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County and several local non-profit organizations submitted 17 community projects to the Iowa Finance Authority for the Iowa Infrastructure Investment Initiative or I-JOBS program. Together, the community is requesting $78.8 million from the competitive grant portion of the program. These applications are competing for $118.5 million set aside by the state.

"These 17 projects reflect the complex needs of the Cedar Rapids community as it recovers from the devastation of the Flood of 2008. They focus on rebuilding disaster-related buildings, reinvesting in neighborhoods and the flood-inundated central business district and environmentally-sustainable redevelopment," said Mayor Kay Halloran. "We selected these projects because they competitively meet and exceed the criteria set forth in the I-JOBS legislation, to preserve and create hundreds of jobs, bring economic impact to the area and accomplish disaster rebuilding in a sustainable way."

When the I-JOBS competitive grant program was announced, the Recovery and Reinvestment Coordinating Team (RRCT), a coalition of community leaders representing various sectors of the community, compiled an initial list of nearly 80 projects representing City, County and non-profit interests. Armed with this comprehensive project list, the Cedar Rapids City Council and the Linn County Board of Supervisors met together twice in late June to discuss the I-JOBS grant criteria and to select the projects which fit the criteria best.

As a result of all these efforts, the community submitted the following projects for funding consideration:

Nonprofit Organizations' Projects

Restoration of CSPS Hall of Legion Arts - $4.8 million
African American Museum of Iowa - $270,000
"From Flood to Flowers - Crafting a LEED Nature Center Headquarters in the Beauty of Prairie Flowers" by Indian Creek Nature Center - $3.6 million
"JA World" by Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa - $2.6 million
"Regional Economic Commerce Center" by the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce - $6 million

Linn County's Projects

Linn County Administrative Office Building - Rebuild and Energy Efficiency - $8.8 million
Juvenile Law Center & Courthouse - $3.7 million
Joint Communications Network - $7.6 million

City of Cedar Rapids' Projects (These projects were prioritized by the City Council.)

U.S. Cellular Center Improvements and Event Center Construction - $15 million
Cedar Rapids Public Library Main Facility - $5 million
Downtown Parking Structure - $10 million
Demolition and Remediation of the Quality Chef Foods site - $300,000
Multigenerational Community Life Center - $4 million
Anaerobic Biogas System Improvements - $1.5 million
6th Street SW Reconstruction - $4.5 million
Acquisition of Flood-Blighted Downtown Properties - $380,000
Façade Improvement Incentive Program - $750,000

For more information about the I-JOBS program, visit www.ijobsiowa.gov.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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