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Community Leaders Attend Iowa Great Places Annual Meeting

Post Date:09/10/2019 4:53 PM
Community leaders from Sioux City traveled to Perry this week to attend the 2019 Iowa Great Places Annual Meeting.

Sioux City Parks & Recreation Manager Angel Wallace and Downtown Partners Executive Director Ragen Cote met with other Great Places leaders from across the state to discuss community development, public art and parks and trail-way art. They also heard 2017 Iowa Artist Fellow Jennifer Drinkwater give a presentation about the ways arts and culture can transform community development into creative placemaking and build social capital, bridge diverse local communities and drive economic development. Drinkwater is the Community Arts Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The Iowa Great Places program recognizes and partners with communities who cultivate the unique and authentic qualities of their local places, such as neighborhoods, districts or regions, to make them great places to live and work. Iowa Great Places receive access to funding opportunities, professional development training, technical assistance opportunities, a network of vibrant communities and passionate leaders, and other state and local resources.

“Iowa is becoming a more culturally vibrant state with communities that have world-class arts, beautiful streetscapes and a blend of well-preserved historic properties and new buildings," said Chris Kramer, Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. "This program has been a big part of that success by investing in arts, media, culture and historic preservation as a way to boost quality of life, grow economic opportunities and make our communities more attractive to visitors and residents. We're proud to partner with our Iowa Great Places and congratulate them on their success."

A list of Iowa Great Places and the year each was accepted into the program follows. Communities with an asterisk were newly designated or re-designated in 2019 and received an award at the meeting.

Adams County, 2006*
Ames Main Street Cultural District, 2017
Appanoose County Seat District, 2007
Bondurant, 2016
Boone Forks Region, 2010*
Burlington Downtown Riverfront Improvements District, 2017
Cedar County, 2018
Cedar Valley, 2009*
Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Corridor, 2014*
Charles City, 2007*
Clinton, 2005*
Clive Greenbelt, 2019*
Coon Rapids and Whiterock Conservancy, 2005
Council Bluffs South Main Cultural District, 2017
Davenport’s Main Street Landing, 2007
Decorah, 2007
Des Moines 6th Avenue, 2015
Dubuque Driftless North End, 2006
Dubuque: Steeple Square, 2016
Fairfield Central District, 2006*
Forest City, 2016
Grinnell, 2014*
Guttenberg, 2006
Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty, 2009
Lake View, 2019*
Madison County, 2014*
Malvern, 2016
Manning, 2014
Maquoketa, 2016
Marion, 2009
Marshalltown, 2014*
Mason City - Willow Creek Downtown Corridor Development, 2006*
Ports of Discovery, 2008*
Perry, 2007
Raccoon River Valley Trail, 2014*
Sioux City Downtown & Riverfront, 2005*
Turkey River Recreational Corridor, 2009
Valley Junction, 2007*
Villages of Van Buren County, 2009
West Union, 2008*

The Iowa Great Places program is overseen by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at or 515-281-5111.

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