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Boone County Receives Planning Grant for Downtown Assessment

The Boone County Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of a $1,000 Ripple Effect planning grant for a community assessmentsurvey that will be conducted by Iowa State University’s Department of Economics to examine the market strength of Boone’s downtown retail district.  The grant application was made to Aureon on behalf of the Chamber by Ogden Telephone Company (OTC), one of the city’s providers of internet and digital IPTV.  OTC is also investing in Boone over the next few years to bring robust broadband service with a fiber-to-the-premise capital project.

 OTC will match the Aureon grant to contribute a total of $2,000 toward the related fees of ISU and the Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory that will assess the upper story residential opportunities and the walkability, bike-ability of the community. The total cost of the study is $7,500. Aureon and Ogden Telephone join other public and private contributors to the study.

 A check presentation was made at the Boone County Chamber office on Wednesday, October 24 to Chamber and city representatives.  “The Ripple Effect grant in addition to our matching grant will allow the community to move forward with the study and identify quality of life enhancements for the residents of Boone.  We look forward to the results of the study and how we can all participate. It’s a win-win-win for the residents of Boone and the entire county, our company and the entire region,” says Jim Heckman, General Manager of Ogden Telephone.