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Iowa DOT Announces 2013 Urban Youth Corps Grant Awards

April 15, 2013

AMES, Iowa – April 15, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing grant awards to five groups in association with the Urban Youth Corps (UYC) 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; and Siouxland Historical Railroad Association. Youth in these areas of the state that are interested in working for one of the sponsors should contact the sponsor group 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 to accomplish meaningful and productive improvements to transportation facilities. 

Examples of eligible transportation-related work projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities; safe routes for non-driver projects and systems; conversion and use of abandoned railway corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails; construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas; inventory, control or removal of outdoor advertising; historic preservation of transportation facilities; vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-ways to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species and provide erosion control; archeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of transportation projects eligible under title 23; any environmental mitigation activity; projects eligible under Safe Routes to Schools, Transportation Alternatives, Scenic and Historic Byways and Federal Recreational Trails; and other similar projects. 

More information about Urban Youth Corps can be found on the Iowa DOT’s website at iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Urban_Youth_Corps.htm or contact Jennifer Kolacia, Urban Youth Corps Program Manager, (515) 239-1788 or jennifer.kolacia@dot.iowa.gov. 

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