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‘Common THREAD’ connects Iowa towns to successful future

Common THREAD group

With help from ISU Extension and the Town/Craft Center, 17 central Iowa communities discovered they had a lot in common — and could accomplish more working as a region. Now as Common THREAD (Tourism, Health, Recreation, Education, Arts and Development), the group is planning for shared progress.

Common THREAD decided to focus first on recreational assets they can develop into tourism and entertainment, said Alan Vandehaar, an ISU Extension community development specialist and Town/Craft project manager. “Town/Craft helps small communities consider alternative futures.”

This article appeared in August 2011 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter