Announcements

Region Announcements 

Congratulations to the City of Marshalltown on CDBG Upper Story Housing Funding
October 6, 2021

The City of Marshalltown, Iowa has been awarded a $550,000 CDBG Upper Story Housing grant by the Iowa Economic Development Authority! The grant will create five upper story housing units in the Willard’s building, located in downtown Marshalltown.  Congratulations to Marshalltown! The grant was prepared by Region 6 in partnership with the City of Marshalltown. 

Congratulations to the City of Marshalltown on CDBG Downtown Revitalization Funding
October 6, 2021

The City of Marshalltown, Iowa has been awarded a $500,000 CDBG Downtown Revitalization grant by the Iowa Economic Development Authority! The grant will fund Phase 1 of downtown revitalization by restoring 11 storefronts. Congratulations to Marshalltown! The grant was prepared by Region 6 in partnership with the Marshalltown Central Business District. 

Iowa 5-2-1-0 Health Campaign Funds Grinnell for a Third Year
July 29, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has expanded funding of 5-2-1-0 – Healthy Choices Count!, which began in 2017 in Iowa. Five new communities will receive grants, while eleven communities, including Grinnell, will receive additional grants. The funded communities will work to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into communities, schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play. Grinnell will receive $8,000 in funding for this initiative.

Marshall County Conservation Receives $150,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for Timmons Grove Park Campground Improvements
May 15, 2021 

Marshall County Conservation has received a $150,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for a new shower house facility at Timmons Grove Park Campground. The grant was prepared by Region 6 Resource Partners in partnership with Marshall County Conservation. 

City of Grinnell Awarded CDBG Grant Funds
March 2, 2021

The City of Grinnell has been awarded $391,495 by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for sanitary sewer improvements. Congratulations Grinnell!

Iowa River’s Edge Trail Receives $300,000 Federal Rec Trails Grant
January 13, 2021 

The Iowa DOT has announced that the Iowa River’s Edge Trail has received a $300,000 grant from Federal Rec Trails for paving from Radio Tower Road towards the Iowa River. The grant was prepared by Region 6 Resource Partners in partnership with the City of Marshalltown and TRAILS Inc. 

Community Foundation of Marshall County Announces $200,000 Funding Award to Region 6 Resource Partners 
December 22, 2020

The Community Foundation of Marshall County (CFMC) has announced a $200,000 Rebuild Marshalltown Fund (RMF) matching grant award to Region Six Resource Partners for Downtown Revitalization.

Region Six will be applying for a Downtown Revitalization Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for exterior façade for restoration of eight to twelve highly visible buildings within the Marshalltown Central Business District and will use this $200,000 grant as part of the required local match.

“A short walk in Marshalltown Central Business District quickly reveals many building facades have yet to be repaired from the tornado. Thanks to many individual and corporate donors RMF is able provide funding for this project which is vital to our downtown redevelopment.” said Community Foundation Executive Director Julie Hitchins.

“The RMF Committee was very impressed with the collaborative efforts put forth by Region Six, the City of Marshalltown, the Marshalltown Central Business District and building owners. We look forward to seeing RMF dollars used to revitalize downtown Marshalltown in such a prominent way” said fund co-chairs Heidi Dalal and Steve Troskey.

Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Receives $259,092 in Grant Funding
December 2, 2020

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors today announced an award of a total of more than $7 million in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local housing initiatives. The grant awards are made available through the Local Housing Trust Fund program and are expected to assist more than 2,100 families. The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund, administered by Region 6 Resource Partners staff, has been awarded $259,092 of these state funds. For more information, visit the Iowa Finance Authority: https://www.iowafinance.com/news/iowa-finance-authority-awards-more-than-7-million-to-local-housing-trust-funds-to-advance-housing-priorities/. 

Marshalltown Receives Challenge Grant
October 15, 2020

Congratulations to the Zaragoza’s, owners of Zamora Fresh Market, who were awarded a $74,400 Main Street Iowa Challenge grant! Funds will be used to complete a front facade overhaul. The grant was prepared by Region 6 in partnership with Marshalltown Central Business District. Congratulations to the Zaragoza family!

Congratulations to the City of Grinnell on CDBG Downtown Revitalization Funding
September 21, 2020

The City of Grinnell, Iowa has been awarded $500,000 CDBG Downtown Revitalization grant by the Iowa Economic Development Authority! The grant will fund Phase 2 of downtown revitalization by restoring 9 storefronts. Congratulations to Grinnell!

Congratulations to the City of Iowa Falls on US EDA Grant Funds
September 16, 2020

The City of Iowa Falls has been awarded $518,400 from the US Economic Development Administration for a floodproofing project. This project will floodproof the City of Iowa Falls public water supply and the wastewater treatment facility by raising well heads, electrical equipment, and installing temporary and permanent flood barriers. Large local industries would be greatly impacted from a disruption to water or sewer services.

Iowa 5-2-1-0 Health Campaign Funds Grinnell for a Second Year
July 22, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has expanded funding of 5-2-1-0 – Healthy Choices Count!, which began in 2017 in Iowa. Five new communities will receive grants, while eleven communities, including Grinnell, will receive additional grants. The funded communities will work to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into communities, schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play. Grinnell will receive $10,000 in funding for this initiative.

Marshall County Awarded CDBG Grant Funds
June 3, 2020

Marshall County has been awarded $126,000 by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for construction of a wastewater collection system and a controlled discharge 3-cell wastewater treatment lagoon in the community of Green Mountain. Congratulations Green Mountain and Marshall County!

Diamond Lake Park Awarded Grant Funds!
May 22, 2020

Poweshiek County has been awarded $78,059 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program for Stagecoach Trail enhancements in Diamond Lake Park. Grant funds will be used to create a handicapped accessible parking area along the trail, replace pit toilets with a flush bathroom facility, add potable water access, and improve the trail surface.

The LWCF grant provides up to 50% funding for outdoor recreation area acquisition and development to cities and counties. Eligible activities include: outdoor recreation, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, campgrounds and multipurpose trails. If your city or county is interested in developing a project for LWCF funding, please contact Marty Wymore at 641-752-0717 or mwymore@region6resources.org.

Congratulations to the City of Albion and City of Garwin on CDBG Water/Sewer Awards!
March 6, 2020

The City of Albion recently received a $249,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for their upcoming water system improvement project. The City of Garwin received $300,000 in CDBG funds for their upcoming water distribution system improvement project. 

Region 6 is here is assist community with CDBG grant opportunities! Please contact Marty Wymore at mwymore@region6resources.org for more information! 

Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Receives Funding
January 15, 2020

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) has awarded more than $6.4 million to 27 local housing trust funds expected to assist more than 2,500 families around the state. The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund was the recipient of $240,120 of those funds for the 2020 grant cycle. To learn more about the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund, contact Mark Newberg at mnewberg@region6resources.org

Marshalltown Awarded Grant to Fund Business Disaster Recovery Coordinator Position 
July 30, 2019

Region 6 Resource Partners and the Marshalltown Central Business District (MCBD) have been awarded a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to fund business disaster recovery efforts in Marshalltown. The project will help Marshalltown’s business community recover from the damage caused by the EF-3 tornado on July 19, 2018.

Jenny Etter, MCBD Director, has been hired to take on this position and continue the work to ensure building and business owners have the support and information they need to best meet their needs through this process. This new position will start August 5th. The MCBD has also collaborated with historic architect Martha Green, with the help of Main Street Iowa, to create restoration plans for damaged buildings in the downtown historic district. The business disaster recovery coordinator will carry post-tornado work forward by managing restoration projects, conducting needs assessments, and helping businesses connect with available resources.

“The hard work of rebuilding is only just beginning for our downtown community,” commented Nate McCormick, MCBD President. “There will likely be more investment, development, opportunity and challenges over the next two years than any time previously in the history of downtown Marshalltown. This project will provide the focus to ensure that every available resource is at the disposal of our downtown community. This is not only critical in rebuilding, but also in sustaining the vitality, history, and character of the downtown that means so much to our community”
The business disaster recovery coordinator position has been jointly funded by a generous donation from the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation and a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Adjustment Assistance Program.

“I’m excited to be a part of this terrific collaborative opportunity. Building and business owners are just starting to work toward restoring their buildings, and collaboration and support is needed to see these terrific projects come to fruition,” said Jenny Etter.

Iowa 5-2-1-0 Health Campaign Expands to Include Grinnell
July 10, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced expanded funding of the “5-2-1-0 – Healthy Choices Count!” campaign, which began in 2017 in Iowa. Six new communities will receive grants, while the nine communities currently funded for the initiative will receive additional grants. The funded communities will work to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play.

New communities each receiving $30,000 in FY20 include:

  • Cherokee, Cherokee County
  • Grinnell, Poweshiek County
  • Hampton, Franklin County
  • Missouri Valley, Harrison County
  • Waterloo, Black Hawk County
  • Storm Lake, Buena Vista County

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a health-focused movement for kids under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!. This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on four numbers:

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables;
  • 2 hours or less of screen time (television, computer, video games, phones, etc.);
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity; and
  • 0 (or reduce) sugar-sweetened beverages.

For more information about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, and to see how communities are implementing 5-2-1-0 strategies, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/5210.

Region 6 Adopts New Name & Logo
June 16, 2019

Region 6 Planning Commission has announced a new name and logo as part of comprehensive rebranding process. Now known as Region 6 Resource Partners, the organization is transforming to meet the needs of its members. Region 6 Resource Partners provides communities in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties with professional services in the areas of grant writing and administration, comprehensive planning, access to federal and state transportation funding, housing assistance, public transit and other specialized expertise.

The new brand is designed to communicate the comprehensive suite of services offered by the organization. Region 6 Resource Partners employs planning professionals, as well as a team of drivers and support personnel that are dedicated to People Rides, the region’s only public transit service.

“There are so many services we provide in our area that communities may not know about.” said Marty Wymore, Executive Director of Region 6 Resource Partners. “With a brand refresh, we want to let communities in the region know that we can meet their changing needs. We have staff, expertise, and local knowledge that has brought resources to our region since 1974 — contact us and see what we can do for a project or need in your community.”

Iowa River Trail Placemaking Planning Process Underway!
April 10, 2019

RDG Planning & Design was selected to complete the Iowa River Trail Placemaking Master Plan. They are working with a dedicated advisory committee represented by the City of Marshalltown and the two trail organizations in Marshall and Hardin County. Watch for more information about public participation opportunities as the process moves forward. The planning efforts are funded through a generous award from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation as well as an “Our Town” grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For more information about the Iowa River Trail, please visit the trail website at http://www.iowarivertrail.com/.

Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Receives Donation for Tornado Relief
November 12, 2018

The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund received a $7,500 donation from the Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel. The donation will be placed in the organization’s Housing Trust Fund, which will focus on repairing the roofs and windows of homes damaged by the July 19 tornado. The funds were presented by Jim Goodman, left, an attorney with Moore, McKibben, Goodman and Lorenz, LLP. Marty Wymore, Executive Direction of Region 6, accepted the check.

Iowa Finance Authority Awards $250,000 to Region 6 Housing Trust Fund to Assist with Housing Recovery Efforts in Marshalltown
September 5, 2018

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors awarded the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund $250,000 to assist low-income homeowners and renters that were impacted by the July 19, 2018 tornado in Marshalltown.

“The Iowa Finance Authority is pleased to be able to respond to this immediate need for disaster housing assistance funding,” said Iowa Finance Authority Interim Executive Director Carolann Jensen. “The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund is already working to assist Marshalltown disaster victims and these funds will enable them to better meet the demand for assistance.” The Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment report concluded that 1,847 residential units were directly impacted by the July 19, 2018 tornado that struck Marshalltown. Nearly 80 percent of the individuals impacted are estimated to be low-income and only 36 percent are estimated to be insured. Region 6 Housing Trust Fund will use the $250,000 to assist uninsured and under-insured low-income homeowners with roof repairs. The funding may also be used for additional disaster repairs to housing or other related needs such as emergency rental assistance.

“The funds received from the Iowa Finance Authority will play a critical role in providing timely assistance to low-income Iowans who suffered damage to their homes,” said Marty Wymore, Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Executive Director.