Harkin Aide to Visit Keokuk County as Part of ‘In the Footsteps of History’ Tour

Will see renovations made possible by Harkin Main Street Grant impact of federal funding on the community


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced his aide, Tamara Milton, is visiting Keokuk County on Friday, June 13, as part of a summer tour highlighting Harkin’s partnership with Iowa communities through the years. The “In the Footsteps of History” tour includes all Iowa counties and features local projects aimed at keeping Iowa communities healthy and safe, keeping communities thriving through targeted education, research, and economic development projects and promoting local agriculture and conservation, while mitigating disasters.


Milton will meet with local officials at Sigourney City Hall to discuss how assistance secured by Harkin through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is helping the community. Since Fiscal Year 2002, more than $1 million has come to the area in grants that has provided firefighting equipment, training and vehicle acquisition. In 2009, the City of Sigourney was awarded a $69,475 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Community Oriented Policing Services Secure our Schools Grant to increase school security in the district. Additionally, officials will see Main Street renovations made possible by federal funding. In 2002, the City of Sigourney was awarded a $40,000 Harkin Main Street Grant to rehabilitate two properties into affordable housing apartments and a restaurant.


Read the full article in the June 4 edition of the News-Review.