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Grant Awards For Palo Alto Communities

March 5, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

by Jane Whitmore

Palo Alto County communities went home with checks in their pockets following the 2018 Grant Cycle Awards Ceremony. The awards were presented Friday, March 1, at Wild Rose Casino &?Resort in Emmetsburg.

Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation presented grant funding to Palo Alto County Cities, Palo Alto County Schools, and to organizations in the Ruthven area, Emmetsburg area, Palo Alto County area, Graettinger and Cylinder areas, and in the West Bend area. A total of $1,690,795.11 was distributed.

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GRANT AWARDS NIGHT -- Smiles were on every face when $1,690,795.11 was presented to Palo Alto County communities by Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation on Friday night. Steve Cody, General Manager of Wild Rose, Emmetsburg, is pictured (left) with former PACGDC?Board members Bill Lapczenski, Skip Wallace, Don Miller and Lloyd Petersen. Matching funds grants were distributed to cities and schools and non-profit organizations in Palo Alto County. --Jane Whitmore photo

Rick Gilson, Corporate Internal Auditor with Wild Rose, addressed the group that filled the Wild Rose banquet hall.

He noted that all of the casinos in Iowa are required to give a certain percentage of their gaming revenues to a not-for-profit group. That not-for-profit group is responsible for making awards in the community to help with economic development or any projects that are needed within the community.

"People say, 'Wow, that sounds like fun. I'd like to give away a million dollars,'" Gilson said. "Then I say, there are all kinds of projects. There are great projects and there are super projects and a million dollars isn't enough money to fund it all. It's really hard. Everybody wants to give the best money they can to the best projects out there. It's a hard job and you have some very talented people who take time to do this. You will take this money and do great things with it."

Funds were presented to Palo Alto County cities in the form of per capita grant and city awards. Palo Alto County schools received individual school awards. They also received a shared school award of $50,000 that will be used by all five school districts for technology, fine arts, or improving student literacy.

In addition to grant funding to cities and schools, 40 community organizations had their grant requests fulfilled. PACGDC funded 16 full grant requests and 24 mini grant requests.

Two grant requests for $75,000 each were funded.

Palo Alto County Hospital received $75,000 for purchase of a 2019 Ford E-450 Superliner Type III?Ambulance with Stryker Power Load System and MX?Pro Cot.

Graettinger Visioning Committee received a grant of $75,000 for Evergreen and Citizens Park Trail, Phase I.

Iowa Lakes Community College received a grant for $52,019 for the college's Winter Safety Project.

Grant funding was also presented to Five Island Trail, the Palo Alto County Conservation Board, Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, Palo Alto County Fair Association, Valley View Cemetery Association, St. John's Cemetery Association, West Bend Fire Department, Cylinder Fire Department, Palo Alto County Freedom Rock Committee, and Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre, plus West Bend Chamber of Commerce, Graettinger Economic Development Coun- cil, and Lost Island-Ruthven Betterment Association.

An educational meeting in preparation for the next grant cycle is scheduled for the second Wednesday in October.

Look for a special section in The Democrat, March 7, with a complete listing of grant award recipients.



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