City of Corning receives $75,000 Main Street Challenge Grant

(Corning) The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded Main Street Corning a $75,000 grant for the City of Corning’s Stabilization Project on the “Widener Building” at 729 Davis in downtown Corning.

Mayor Jan Leonard, Councilwoman Judy Becket, Main Street Corning representative, and Beth Waddle, Executive Director of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation were on hand to accept the award at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on November 7.

The grant requires matching funds from the City of Corning.  The project is scheduled to start in the new year.

Fourteen Main Street communities were awarded grants that ranged from $25,000 to $75,000 and totaled $1 million. The estimated total project cost of these 14 projects is over $3.2 million.

Since the Challenge Grants were awarded in 2002, approximately $10.6 million in state and federal funds have leveraged more than $59 million in private investment.  Over the life of the program 179 projects in 54 Main Street Iowa commercial districts received funding.

Other projects over the years in the Main Street Corning District have been Primrose Restaurant and the Corning Opera House.