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Lt. Gov Patty Judge presents Brooklyn I-Jobs grant

By ROXANNE DASS

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Lt. Governor Patty Judge stopped in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Dec. 2, to award the city a $573,500 I-JOBS grant.

"I'm happy to say today that the hard work of those in Brooklyn has paid off," she said.

The grant will pay for half the cost of a new public safety building in Brooklyn.

The new building will replace the city's 50-year-old public safety building. The current building has several structural problem and does not have adequate space to house the city's public safety equipment.

According to architects hired by the city, the new building will be a 12,000 square foot building, enough space to house equipment.

The modern facility, while not LEED certified, will have several green elements to it, including a geothermal system and in-floor radiant heat.

The construction of the new building will not only help the Brooklyn community, but it will also help Iowans, said Judge.

"This project will help meet the outstanding infrastructure needs of the community," she said. "But most importantly, it will create good-paying jobs right when Iowa needs them the most."

According to Judge, the Brooklyn safety building project will provide 10 construction positions for Iowans.

I-JOBS

The Culver/Judge I-JOBS program will invest $830 million over the next two years to create and retain jobs, strengthen the economy, recover from last year's natural disasters and improve Iowa's infrastructure. The funds will be used to upgrade Iowa's roads and bridges, invest in renewable energy projects, improve water quality and upgrade public venues such as the Iowa Veterans Home.

I-JOBS is funded through gaming revenue, which will not cause an increase in Iowan's taxes, said Judge.

"(I-JOBS) really helps communities large and small to do projects that are long overdue," said Judge.

Current approved projects for I-JOBS funds as of Nov. 11, 2009, are:

* Local infrastructure - Brooklyn Public Safety Building

* Bridge safety fund - Ia-21 over Bear Creek; I-80 over SR t-58

* IDED, Community attractions and tourism - Grinnell Family Aquatic Center

* Road funds - Brooklyn, Deep River, Grinnell, Guernsey, Hartwick, Malcolm, Montezuma, Searsboro and Poweshiek County.

A total of $1,916,164 has been given to Poweshiek County in I-JOBS grants.

UPDATED December 10, 2009 6:21 PM

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