Keota receives Community Catalyst Grant

Grinnell, Iowa- The City of Keota was the recipient of a $100,000 grant to aid in the rehabilitation of the Ramsey Building, located at 204 E Broadway street. The grant was announced at the Rural Development Council awards reception Thursday evening at the Hotel Grinnell.

According to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program assists communities with the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. A maximum grant awarded by IEDA is $100,000. A total of 53 communities applied to receive a Community Catalyst Grant, with 18 communities being selected. During the awards reception, IEDA Staff Member Jim Thompson said that the Keota application was very popular among those who reviewed the applicants.

“This was the highest scoring application we had. I’m very excited that it came from a small town,” Thompson said. “I’m jazzed about this application.”

Of the 18 applications that were funded, nine were from communities with a population of less than 1500. With 1009 residents, Keota was the seventh smallest community to be funded. The total cost of the Ramsey Building project is $430,150. After the project is completed, the 1st floor will be occupied by Flynn Law Office, while the second floor will be two apartments. Scott Flynn, of Flynn Law, said that he is excited about the project receiving the grant and is looking forward to the lasting impact the project will have on Keota.

For more on this story, catch the April 11 edition of the News-Review