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Area pool projects receive I-JOBS grants

GEORGE, Iowa -- Aquatic center redevelopment projects in Sanborn and George are now slated to receive funds from the Culver/Judge I-JOBS initiative.

The Vision Iowa Board recently approved a total of $2.36 million in grants at their meeting in Grinnell.

"Iowans are continually improving their communities to not only attract tourists, but residents as well," Gov. Chet Culver said in a news release. "These projects will be great assets to each community, and they are great examples of how I-JOBS is helping to move Iowa forward."

Both projects will receive funds from the Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism Fund.

The $1.04-million George Swimming Pool project received $100,000 to assist with the demolition of the existing 50-year-old pool and its replacement with a new 5,234-square-foot pool, which will include a drop slide and diving board. The award is contingent upon project organizers raising the additional funds needed within 90 days.

The Municipal Aquatic Center in Sanborn, Iowa, will also get $100,000 for the $2.11-million project, which includes demolition of the existing pool and construction of a new aquatic center with zero-depth entry, a bathhouse, waterslides, diving tower, five swim lanes, a mechanical building and an expanded concessions area. The award is contingent upon completion of fundraising in 60 days.

The Vision Iowa Program provides financial incentives for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa.

During fiscal year 2010, Culver signed legislation that funded Vision Iowa grants through I-JOBS, the Culver/Judge Administration's infrastructure investment and job creation initiative.