Two area communities will each receive $100,000 to support building renovations from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Community Catalyst Building Remediation program. Guthrie Center and Rockwell City are two of 26 Iowa communities sharing in the $2.6 million awarded for 2020. “Revitalization of statewide communities is particularly critical as we recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” says IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director, Debi Durham. “The Community Catalyst program is not only about investing in our infrastructure, but it inspires further development and future growth for years to come.” Guthrie Center is matching their grant with another $200,000 for the revitalization of the Williams Building. Rockwell City is adding $255,084 to the rehabilitation of their Historic Candy Kitchen and Hotel. There were a total of 73 applications submitted and a committee scored the projects on impact, appropriateness, funding/partnerships and incorporation of sustainability/smart growth principles. The program requires that at least 40 percent of the grants are awarded to cities with populations less than 1,500. The program was initiated in 2018 through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature.