Harkin announces funding

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The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission in Ottumwa has been awarded federal funds.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin has announced that three Iowa Councils of Government have been awarded a total of 183-thousand dollars to help establish a comprehensive development strategy in their regions.  The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

Harkin says establishing a sound economic development strategy that unites the public and private sectors is the key to creating job opportunities and promoting a regional growth.  Harkins says this investments by the EDA will help these communities chart a long term strategy to create jobs and become more prosperous.

The Regional 15 Planning Commission will receive 61-thousdand dollars.  The commission serves Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello Counties.