A $1.5 million federal infrastructure grant help the City of Dyersville achieve its longtime goal of running municipal utilities to the Field of Dreams Movie Site while also creating hundreds of new jobs and providing significant economic development opportunities.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced July 15 that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Dyersville to create and expand water and wastewater infrastructure to support tourism and business growth.
This EDA grant, to be matched with $1 million in local funds, is expected to create 350 jobs and generate $90 million in private investment, according to a press release.
City Administrator Mick Michel said the grant will help facilitate running sewer and a little bit of water main out to the Field of Dreams Movie Site.
“It will help to service that whole area. Really as a city, it is our corporate responsibility to make sure that we can supply municipal services within city limits,” Michel said. “It’s taken us a long time to find outside funding sources, and we will continue to look for additional outside funding sources to avoid depleting water and sewer funds for this type of project.”
The new infrastructure could also provide the city with other opportunities, like potentially serving some residential properties in the area.
“We have another unserved area along Golf Course Road,” Michel said. “It would open up the possibility of running sanitary sewer to those areas as well. Our goal right now is to get a more eastern route along Dyersville East Road to the Field of Dreams and at that point, we will work on a Golf Course Road route to the north — that’s kind of our long-range plan.”
Michel added that if all the stars align, the project could be completed as soon as fall 2022 or spring 2023.