"Charles E. Lakin has improved every piece of property he's owned," said Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, "both in his home state of Iowa and his adopted state of Nebraska.
Announcement of the contribution was made at a press conference today at City Hall in Council Bluffs by Chuck Lakin, son of Charles Lakin; Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, Pete Tulipana, president and CEO of Heartland Family Service; and Todd Graham, executive director of the Iowa West Foundation.
Mayor Hanafan said that this multi-agency human services campus benefits the neighbors, the city and the region in many ways.
"We are deeply grateful to the Lakin family.
This campus will provide our citizens with new, more and better social services to a wider range of people, many of them in crisis," Hanafan
"In addition, this campus will serve as an anchor development bringing capital investment, new jobs and business to our city."
said that, of the $1.5 million in collective payroll projected on the proposed campus, over half of it is a net addition to the city.
The collective annual operating budget for the five agencies equals $2.8 million.
The $24 million development budget will create construction jobs for several years, with accompanying indirect economic stimulus.
In addition, Hanafan
said these agencies are expected to provide over $140,000 in direct financial assistance to local residents facing financial crises due to unexpected medical or home heating bills, unemployment or other needs.