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Changes at the Iowa West Foundation

May 18, 2021

Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes….(with credit to David Bowie)

I view change as an opportunity to innovate, to improve, to grow. But oftentimes it takes lots of great minds to make sure change produces all of those positive outcomes. We’d like your help to make sure we do it right. Unfortunately, we have to wait a bit longer before we can sit down together and have a community conversation. For now, we are asking for your opinions in a brief online survey. Your input will help us know where we are succeeding and in which areas we can improve. Only with your feedback can we hope to fully tap the diversity of interests and experiences in our community.

Take the Survey

A few important changes have already occurred.

  • We say goodbye to Executive Assistant Kathy Fry. This was just one too many cold, snowy winters for Kathy. She and her husband Jim soon will be headed out on their next adventure in Arizona. The entire IWF team thanks Kathy for her years of service in support of Iowa West.

Kathy Fry

  • We welcome Bronwyn Ohl as our Office Administrator. Bronwyn grew up just north of Sioux City in Dakota Dunes, SD. She earned her BFA from New York University, but her desk reveals her deep Iowa Hawkeye roots. We’re excited to see her mold our office into tip-top shape.

Ohl, Bronwyn

  • We are thrilled to welcome our new neighbor Trivium (formerly Crossroads of Western Iowa) to the River’s Edge office building. With Trivium’s expanded multi-state reach, the new office space is big enough to accommodate their growing administrative staff.

  • Another new resident has arrived at the riverfront – our permanent “Looking Up” sculpture. It stands in the same spot as the smaller traveling sculpture that found a temporary Council Bluffs home after stints in New York and Chicago. The IWF team likes to call this taller version “Big Bro” as a partner to the “Big Mo” sculpture that sits only a few hundred yards closer to the river.

Looking Up Sculpture

Stay tuned for more tweaks and tune-ups in coming weeks. And please participate in and share our survey. That’s the only way we can know that we are getting the changes right.

Brenda Mainwaring

Written by Brenda Mainwaring, President and CEO

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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