Community Development

ECIA community development staff provides assistance to communities for services they do not have the capacity to do such as community facility grant writing and administration, housing rehabilitation, building inspections, and more. Please see below for a detailed list of services provided under community development.

Grant & loan applications for the following project types:

  • Broadband
  • Brownfields (Environmental Assessment and Cleanup; Iowa DNR, EPA)
  • Downtown revitalization (CDBG – Downtown Revitalization Fund, Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program)
  • Fire and Police Safety
  • Homeownership Assistance (CDBG – Housing Rehabilitation, Iowa Finance Authority – HOME)
  • Housing Rehabilitation and Development (CDBG – Housing Rehabilitation)
  • Natural Disasters, Pandemic, etc (CDBG – Opportunities & Threats Fund)
  • Lead-Based Paint (EPA, HUD)
  • Senior Centers, Group homes, Daycare facilities (CDBG – Community Facilities, USDA)
  • Rental Rehabilitation
  • Streets, Curb/Gutter
  • Water, Wastewater, Storm Sewer Systems (CDBG – Water & Sewer, SRF)

Technical Assistance

  • Building Inspections and Code Enforcement
  • Brownfields
  • Davis-Bacon Compliance
  • Environmental Reviews
  • Grant Administration
  • Housing Needs Assessments
  • Lead-Based Paint Inspections
  • Nuisance Abatement
  • TIF
  • Viability Assessment (Water & Sewer Systems)

For more information on any of the above services, contact Matt Specht, 563-690-5721.



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