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AARP Iowa Community Challenge Grant Winners

Posted on 07/24/19

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Last week, AARP announced the awardees for its 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including four recipients right here in Iowa. A total of $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.

Iowa grantees include:

  • Iowa League of cities: This project aims to demonstrate smart cities innovation in rural communities by holding educational workshops on data analytics in local government, followed by an immersive quick-action demonstration project.
  • Dyersville Economic Development Corporation: As a part of flood recovery efforts, grant funds will support amenities for a community plaza and amphitheater created in a block of green space near downtown riverfront development.
  • City of Glidden: This project will create a trail that will connect the city’s Aquatic Center and Northland Park and will include safety features to allow for safe highway crossings as part of the trail.
  • City of Harlan: This project will create a StoryWalk, a trail that combines walking with stops for reading a narrative, which is an innovative way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.

AARP will be celebrating the Community Challenge grantees at the following* ceremonies:

City of Harlan
Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Pioneer Park , 1602 Pioneer Road, Harlan, IA 50320

City of Glidden
Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Gliden City Hall, 108 N Idaho St., Glidden, IA 51433

City of Dyersville
Thursday, August 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
City Square, 3rd Ave SW between 2nd and 3rd Streets SW, Dyersville, IA 52040

*AARP will be hosting an event to celebrate Iowa League of Cities later this summer/early fall. Stay tuned for updates.

More than 1,660 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year. Each of the projects is designed to achieve on one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and/or access to public and private transit.
  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” to encourage the development and implementation of innovative decision-making and programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding, and using data to increase the quality of life for residents.
  • Address other issues of importance for communities.

To learn more about AARP’s livable communities work in communities across the country and the AARP Community Challenge please visit

This story is provided by AARP Iowa. Visit the AARP Iowa page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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