The Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC) is an Iowa not-for-profit corporation. It is the sponsoring organization that holds the license for the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Palo Alto County. In accordance with Iowa law and its operating agreement, PACGDC receives funding from Wild Rose operations. Funds received are distributed to deserving non-profit organizations and government entities in Palo Alto County. Our mission is to strengthen our communities for future generations by creating partnerships, leveraging resources, and being a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs.

Since January 1st, 2015, the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation

(PACGDC) has awarded approximately $57,000 in demolition grant funding to cities in Palo Alto County, with several more demolition projects pending completion.  PACGDC also reports one completed project and another pending Housing Initiative grant application in the county worth a total of $30,000.

Housing /Demolition Grant Programs Showing Early Success

City clerks within Palo Alto County are reporting numerous applications for grant funding to demolish decaying housing.  So far in 2015, twelve grants have funded projects that demolished deteriorated housing in Graettinger, Ruthven, Emmetsburg, and West Bend.   The Cities of Graettinger and West Bend have the most completed demolition projects to date, with 4 grants each already approved and funded in 2015. The City of West Bend was also granted approval for a new home with this Housing Initiative Program.

All of the communities in Palo Alto County established Housing Initiative and Demolition Grant Programs in 2014.  To lessen the burden of government, these grant programs are currently funded by the Palo Alto County Gaming and Development Corporation.  Anyone interested in demolishing a deteriorated house and/or constructing a new home should contact their city clerk for additional details on these grant programs.