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10 communities selected for Community Visioning Program

Before ... and after Community Visioning

Volunteers from 10 Iowa communities will participate in the 2008 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. They’ll learn to think strategically as they develop landscape improvements that reflect local values and enhance the identity of their community. Local leaders in Belle Plaine, Ely, Grand Junction, Harlan, Lake Park, Manson, Osceola, Sac City, Webster City and Winthrop will take part in this program funded by the Iowa Department of Transportation and carried out in partnership with ISU Extension and Trees Forever.

The communities were selected because of their populations (fewer than 10,000), transportation-related issues, dedicated volunteers and willingness to contribute at least $1,000 to their local effort, said Sandra Oberbroeckling, program coordinator for ISU Extension. In return, during the next year each community will receive professional services valued at more than $14,000. Throughout the process the communities will receive support from technical experts from Trees Forever, a professional landscape architect and ISU Extension.

Two additional communities will be selected by late December. For more information, contact Oberbroeckling at

This article appeared in December 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter