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Pottawattamie County Recycling Center Now Open for Business

May 15, 2018

Milk. Water. Coffee. Ketchup. Salad dressing. Cottage cheese. Yogurt. What do all these foods and drinks have in common? They all come in plastic containers – containers that can be recycled. This is evidenced by the number of plastic items that have been dropped off at the new Pottawattamie County recycling center in Oakland since […]

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Sternhill Park Sign Pays Homage to Former Brick Factory

April 27, 2018

“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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New Art App Launches Today

March 20, 2018

Otocast will feature artist voiceovers, videos, and dynamic photography (Council Bluffs, Iowa) Residents and tourists alike seeking to learn more about art in the Council Bluffs community can now do so using an app on their smartphones. Otocast, an audio guide, is available to download for free. Currently, it features artists’ commentary, videos, scenic photography, […]

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Joslyn’s Mentoring Program Sculpting this southwest Iowa Artist

March 15, 2018

It’s a beautiful spring Friday afternoon in March and teenagers across the metro are pouring out of their respective high schools’ front doors. One would assume they’d rather be anywhere else than stuck inside for another minute. Not Kellen Rief of Council Bluffs. The 16-year-old Lewis Central sophomore can’t wait to get back inside, to […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

March 15, 2018

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4 million in grants and initiatives funding to 29 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Several of the grantees were the recipients of multi-year funding. Launched in 2016, multi-year funding is designed to provide essential general operating funds […]

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Iowa West Field House Marks 1 Year

February 9, 2018

One year ago this month, Hunter Pearce cut the red ribbon at the Iowa West Field House, signaling the grand opening of the facility. The then 12-year-old spoke in favor of the sports complex at a prior city council meeting, noting that he and his basketball teammates would benefit greatly from a place of such […]

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Pottawattamie Promise scholarship program expands to Tri-Center

January 31, 2018

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) An Iowa West Foundation education initiative that addresses barriers to college access and success is expanding to another Pottawattamie County high school. The Tri-Center School Board recently voted to join the Pottawattamie Promise program, which offers full-ride scholarships to Iowa Western Community College and wraparound support services both in high school and […]

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Iowa West Re-Elects Board Members, Appoints Officers

January 18, 2018

Iowa West’s Board of Directors recently re-elected four board members to serve another 3-year term.  In addition, both the Iowa West Foundation and the Iowa West Racing Association elected officers for 2018. Re-elected board members include: Rick Crowl (IWF); Rick Killion (IWRA); Kate Cutler (IWF) and Tara Slevin (IWF). “Our Board members have the significant responsibility of […]

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