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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 www.aarp.org/livable.

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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