State awards $119,000+ in marketing grants to 13 projects


December 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Vision Iowa Board has approved grants totaling just over $119,000 to help 13 tourist attractions around the state with advertising. An $8,000 grant was awarded to the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, to market the Hitchcock Nature Center and Mid-America Center. And, The Manning Heritage Foundation received a grant amounting to slightly more than $1,000, for marketing of the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park. Grant recipients are required to match at least 50 percent of their request. 

Vision Iowa spokesperson Jessica O’Riley said four projects were awarded the maximum marketing grant of 15-thousand dollars ($15,000) — including the Dubuque County Historical Society for promotion of the National Mississippi Museum and Aquarium.  Another $15,000 marketing grant was directed to the City of Storm Lake, to promote the indoor/outdoor water park at King’s Pointe Resort. 

The Mason City Chamber of Commerce Foundation was awarded a marketing grant of nearly seven-thousand dollars ($7,000) to promote the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Park Inn Hotel. The other marketing grants are directed at projects in Des Moines, Ellsworth, Cedar Rapids, DeWitt, Waterloo and Garner.

(Radio Iowa)