Towns selected for 2013 community visioning program

AMES, Iowa – Seven Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2013.

The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

The 2013 visioning communities are Fonda, Gilmore City, Keota, Lake City, Mapleton, Ossian and Shellsburg. The seven villages in the Amana Colonies are also participating in the 2013 program.

The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. In addition, professional landscape architects offer expertise in creating conceptual design plans for the communities.

To qualify for the visioning program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

Since 1996, 192 Iowa communities have benefited from the Visioning Program.

Download the map of 2013's communities.


Sandra Oberbroeckling, Iowa State University, 515-294-3721,

Carole Teator, Trees Forever, 319-373-0650, ext. 15,

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