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Big Lake Park Sign Marries Art and Nature

March 27, 2015

“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department with assistance from the City Public Art Commission. These signs, all created by area artists, were developed with public input […]

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What is Placemaking?

March 20, 2015

The American Planning Association recently named Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs one of its 10 national “Great Places in America” for 2014. It’s a high honor, but it begs the question, what makes a place a “great place?” Is it the location and the physical attributes? Or is it the feeling you get when you’re […]

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C.I.T.I.E.S. Program Big Deal for Small Towns

March 15, 2015

“A town can get older and die or it can get better and thrive.” – Pete Sorensen, City Councilman, Neola Perhaps truer words have never been spoken. Residents of small-town southwest Iowa know all too well the story of rural decline. They watch as high school graduates stamp one-way tickets out of town. They see business […]

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Children’s Square: Creating Better Spaces, Brighter Futures

March 11, 2015

Vision. Courage. Will. These are the attributes the Christian Home Association–Children’s Square U.S.A. seeks to instill in children and families who call its campus home. From children staying in the emergency shelter to youths seeking help for mental health issues, Children’s Square is there. The staff serves families from Pottawattamie County and 29 other western Iowa counties. Up until now, they’ve […]

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Iowa West Foundation Announces New Director of Communications

February 23, 2015

The Iowa West Foundation is pleased to announce the latest addition to its staff, with the hiring of Nicole Lindquist of Council Bluffs as the Director of Communications. Lindquist brings a decade of journalism, public relations and communications experience to her new position at the Foundation. She began her career working as the southwest Iowa […]

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