The grant for the Aurelia Community Center project is for $225,000, and will enable the city to complete the project as planned, when these funds are added to the amounts from the city, Aurelia Municipal Utilities, and the many individuals and businesses who have given to the project.
The former Community Center was demolished in July, and construction of the new, larger Community Center, should begin soon, with an expected opening in the spring of 2008.
"What I continue to love about Iowa is the passion and dedication Iowans have for continuing to improve the quality of life in our state," said Governor Chet Culver, in announcing the latest grants. "The Vision Iowa program's greatest strength is the assistance it provides to all communities, but especially to the smaller ones, to create projects that increase the quality of life opportunities available to Iowans."
Vision Iowa is a financial assistance program established by the 78th General Assembly of the Iowa legislature to fund vertical infrastructure (construction) projects related to recreation, education, entertainment and cultural activities. The legislation, known as SF 2447, was signed by Governor Vilsack on May 9, 2000, and became effective July 1, 2000.