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      Market on Main receives $100,000 grant from John Deere Ottumwa Works

      Momentum for the Market on Main project is going strong and it is evident by all of the local support it has gotten.

      Initially, the John Deere Foundation granted Market on Main $75,000 for the construction phase on the building.

      Just this past Friday, the John Deere Foundation granted the project another $100,000 making them one of the largest donors of the project.

      Because of this, a portion of the market will be named ??John Deere Hall?? to show their appreciation to John Deere for all of their support.

      John Deere is one of many local businesses that have shown their support.

      ??Several small businesses in the area have come forward and donated to the project. Just over 50% of the funding for the initial construction has come from local donations, local grants and local contributions versus either statewide or national grants which is really exciting and shows the community coming forward to support the project,?? said Heather Ware, Market on Main Director.

      Ware said they are currently looking for bids on construction which will be awarded in early June.