Just challenge the people in Manning, and it will get done. Last night (Monday), the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Main Street Iowa awarded Main Street Manning a $75,000 Challenge Grant for expansion of the Manning Child Care Center. IEDA Director, Debi Durham, said, “Main Street Manning continues to be a very strong program, due in large part to community leaders who strive to keep the program unique and closely aligned with the area’s economic development goals. Expanding the childcare center not only meets a community need,” she added, “but also serves as a downtown traffic generator and, ultimately, brings more families to the community.” To qualify for the Challenge grant, each project must provide at minimum a dollar-for-dollar cash match. The estimated total cost of the Manning Childcare Center expansion is over $277,000. Since 2002, the Challenge Grant program has provided approximately $5.9 million in state and federal funds and leveraged over $37 million of private investments into 110 projects in 43 Main Street Iowa commercial districts. This year, thirteen other Main Street Iowa communities received grants ranging from $29,500 to $75,000.
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