Small Iowa communities cash in

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state has awarded $23.8 million in grants to 70 mostly small communities across Iowa for infrastructure improvements, community planning and building renovations.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday it had awarded the block grants, which are funded by the federal government.

Many of the grants are for water and sewer system improvements, and five were awarded to cities to help fund the rehabilitation of building facades.

Gov. Terry Branstad called the grants “strategic investments” that enhance Iowa’s economic development efforts while helping smaller cities thrive.

The state received 136 applications for the federal funds.

Grants were made based on factors including the benefit to low- and moderate-income people, elimination of blighted areas and commitment of local resources to a project.

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