POCAHONTAS — The brand new Leap-Begin Accelerator Grant Program in Pocahontas County is meant to get new companies cranked up identical to a jump-start revs up a stalled automobile.
”This program will improve the vibrancy of the 9 small cities in Pocahontas County by supporting entreprenuerials,” stated Tom Grau, govt director of the Pocahontas County Financial Growth Fee.
This system is funded by a $20,000 state Rural Innovation Grant awarded to the financial improvement fee. The fee contributed $10,000 in matching funds, making a complete of $30,000 obtainable.
On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg traveled to Pocahontas for a briefing on this system. They met with native officers, representatives of Iowa Central Neighborhood Faculty and house owners of two companies which have utilized for grants from the Leap-Begin Accelerator. The Aspen Leaf Cafe and Espresso Store is a type of companies; a deliberate tack store is the opposite.
Winners of the grants might be introduced Monday.
Grau stated this system gives cash to assist companies begin or develop.
”It will present the chance to take an thought and convey it to fruition,” he stated.
Grant cash, he stated, can be utilized to pay for coaching by way of Iowa Central Neighborhood Faculty. He described Iowa Central as ”that gem, that diamond, we have now.”
The Leap-Begin Accelerator program has the potential to ”convey extra residents into rural communities,” Grau stated.
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