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CLINTON. The State of Iowa announced a $6 million grant to develop Field of Miracles, a television series that state leaders say will bring film crews to Clinton County.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Monday announced a total of $16.5 million in grant funding for four projects under the Destination Iowa program. The announcement included a Universal Television grant to develop the television series Field of Dreams, which was filmed in several Iowa communities in Clinton, Polk, Mahaska, and Boone counties.

Although details about local locations that may be part of filming have not been released, Grow Clinton tourism director Leslie Webster said Tuesday that local officials believe some filming will take place at NelsonCorp Field, the home of the Clinton LumberKings, either in September or October.

Destination Iowa, a $100 million program announced in April, invests in transformational attractions to improve the quality of life in Iowa communities and attract visitors and new residents. Monday’s announcement details the first round of funding backed by the US bailout federal law.

Other projects that received grant funding on Monday include:

• $7 million for the Sooksland Regional Route System to develop 100-mile continuous route projects connecting Sioux City, Le Mars, Hinton, Merrill and Sergeant Bluff. The project includes the Cone Mountain Bike Park, the 18.5-mile PlyWood Trail, and the 4.3-mile scenic Loess Hills Trail.

• $2.5 million for Polk County Conservation for the Easter Lake North Shore Project. According to a press release, the project will provide an accessible recreation center for rowing, swimming, fishing and other water sports.

• $1 million to Dallas County Conservation to complete a 4-mile trail linking two existing trails in Central Iowa, the Raccoon River Valley, and the High Trestle trail. When completed, the project will create a 120-mile continuous trail loop.

IEDA will continue to review applications as they are received until December 31 or until funding runs out.

Applications are evaluated based on the eligibility, completeness, and ability of the project to achieve the goal of the program to create transformational tourist attractions. Cities, counties, nonprofits, and other organizations can apply for Destination Iowa grants through four separate foundations: Economically Significant Development, Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, and Creative Place Creation.

Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2026. For more information about the Destination Iowa program, visit iowaeda.com/destination-iowa/.

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