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Imagine Hour Results

What do you love about your community? Where do you spend your time? How could the place you call home be better?  

These questions and more were asked during a series of community-wide idea sharing sessions open to the public in the spring of 2022. The “Imagine Hours” were designed to engage the residents of Pottawattamie County in collective thinking about the future of our community. The ideas will help inform the Iowa West Foundation’s next strategic visioning process. Here are the preliminary results.


Must Haves

Economic Development Must-Haves

Education Must-Haves

Healthy Family Must-Haves

Placemaking Must-Haves

Imagine Hour Work Groups

Following the Imagine Hours, we invited experts within each of our focus area, who have first-hand experience in their specialties, to dig into the data, help us understand current gaps vs. opportunities, what criteria to consider for evaluating success, and so much more. We are grateful to all those who were able to participate in these valuable sessions.

Economic Development


Healthy Families


Imagine Hour: What's Next?

The input from the Imagine Hour coupled with the focus groups’ recommendations served as a guide to Iowa West Foundation Board’s Strategic Visioning Retreat last fall. Beginning in 2023, the updated vision and strategy moving forward are being rolled out to the community with opportunity for further feedback. Click the image below to see the full presentation.

OUR VISION is a community where families choose to live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its quality of life and standard of living.


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