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Iowa DOT announces 2012 Urban Youth Corps grant awards

April 26, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 26, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing grant awards to six groups in association with the Urban Youth Corps program. The grants were awarded to the city of Dubuque (Leisure Services Department); Dubuque County Conservation Board; Friends of Hartman Reserve; Iowa County Conservation Board; Optimae LifeServices/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Siouxland Historical Railroad Association. Youth in these areas of the state whom are interested in working for one of the sponsors should contact them directly. 

Funded through a combination of federal dollars and local match, the UYC program seeks to provide transportation-related employment and training opportunities to youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who face barriers to employment, and accomplish meaningful and productive improvements to transportation facilities. 

Examples of eligible transportation-related work projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities; pedestrian and bicycle safety and educational activities; acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites; scenic or historic highway programs, including tourist and welcome centers; landscaping and scenic beautification; historic preservation; rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities; conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails; inventory, control and removal of outdoor advertising; archaeological planning and research; environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity; establishment of transportation museums; and other similar projects. 

More information about UYC can be found on the Iowa DOT’s website at iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Urban_Youth_Corps.htm or contact Jennifer Kolacia, UYC program manager, at 515-239-1788 or email jennifer.kolacia@dot.iowa.gov. 

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