Website Launched to Help Iowans Track Billions in Federal Money

Progress Iowa has launched a website that allows people to track federal money spent on critical projects in the state.

The group aims to make it easier to search for this information in one place. Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic says the first-of-its-kind resource, www.iowaatwork.com, allows Iowans to see online exactly where federal tax dollars are being spent in their state. In Iowa’s case, that adds up to more than 12-billion dollars in federal aid, in the last two years alone – from almost five-billion on environmental restoration projects, to more than a billion-and-a-half dollars on education. That money is put into the hands of local governments, where Sinovic contends they know best how to spend it…

Sinovic says IowaAtWork.com can also serve as a nonpartisan resource for journalists, policymakers, local governments, and average citizens to track taxpayer dollars and the progress of the projects they pay for. And it can help local governments determine whether they’re eligible for any of the funds.

Beyond large, high-profile infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and broadband access, Theresa Greenfield – the U-S-D-A’s Rural Development program director for Iowa – says the federal investments have been beneficial for many smaller sectors of the economy, and transformative for up-and-coming food producers in the state, setting the stage for their future growth…

Greenfield says in addition to allowing producers to track the investments being made, the website can help small business owners understand how to apply for loans, grants, and technical assistance.

(credit to Iowa News Service)

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