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Vision Iowa denies grant

Auditorium committee asked to reapply in July
By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 11, 2014

Vision Iowa has made its decision about the $1.4 million grant application the new auditorium committee submitted to them earlier this spring.
Washington Community School District superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said he was notified the committee didn’t need to attend the meeting today in Des Moines.
“I have been told that our scoring was such that we would not be receiving a grant at this time,” Jorgensen said.
The committee has been asked by the Vision Iowa board to resubmit their application in July, Jorgensen said.
Ed Raber, director of the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG), and Katherine Ollendeck, who helped with writing the grant application, went to Des Moines today as representatives of the committee to learn more about why the grant was denied.
Raber said there were a couple of things that contributed to the Vision Iowa board’s decision but the committee will just have to continue on.
“Jan [Gallagher], Bob [Youngquist], the city, and the county have been very good about listening to their suggestions and coming back with more information,” Raber said.
Gallagher, co-chairperson of the new auditorium committee, said she wasn’t surprised by Vision Iowa’s decision because of what a board member said recently.
“One person on the committee mentioned she wondered if this was more than just a high school auditorium, so we need to work on that,” Gallagher said. “We need to show them this is more of a dual project between the community and the school than a single project.”
Gallagher is optimistic that the committee will eventually receive funding from Vision Iowa for the auditorium project.
“Every time we have to tweak it [the application] we make it better,” she said.
Gallagher isn’t sure if the committee will be ready to resubmit the application in July because more work needs to be done.
“We have some ideas we need to put down and get together before we send in another application,” she said.

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