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What Comes Around

Gomers: What's Going Wrong


The Gazettte

November 14, 2004

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. . .: Coralville City Manager Kelly Hayworth was justifiably ticked off when he learned that leaders of The Environmental Project have been having conversations with Dubuque officials about moving the project there. ‘‘When there are ongoing negotiations, ongoing work and expenses here, we don’t believe it was appropriate,’’ he said. The irony is that’s exactly how the project wound up associated with Coralville in the fall of 2000. Cedar Rapids officials had proposed a financing plan and were working on potential state law changes that could have extended the ability of hotel-motel tax revenues to back the project. Other community leaders were doing preliminary study on an alternative site from what project leaders preferred. Unbeknownst to anyone in Cedar Rapids, backers of what was then known as Iowa Child were secretly working with Coralville to move the project site to that community.