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Gov. Reynolds and IEDA announced $16 million in grant funding for three projects through Destination Iowa

Davenport, IOWA – According to the state officials, the $100 million program invests in transformational attractions that will bolster the quality of life in Iowa communities and attract visitors and new residents.

State officials have announced that the City of Marion has been awarded $3,000,000 toward the development of Marion’s Central Plaza into a four-season gathering space and completion of the CeMar Trail, connecting downtown Marion to Cedar Rapids.

Plaza amenities include a dedicated performance space, ice skating loop, fire tables and seating, interactive play sculptures and green space additions. 

The Danville Railcar Project has been awarded $500,000 to purchase and restore a 1937 European Oppeln Boxcar, which will add interpretation and educational opportunities to the existing Anne Frank Pen Pal exhibit in Danville. 

The City of Dyersville has been awarded $12,500,000 toward the This is Iowa Ballpark project to create a permanent multi-use stadium capable of hosting professional baseball games, collegiate baseball tournaments, and other year-round events.

IEDA began accepting applications on May 9 and will continue to review applications as they arrive through December 31 or until funding runs out. 

According to the statement, the funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2026. 

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