Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Accepting 2020 Applications

Communities of fewer than 10,000 located within 1 mile of a state or federal highway are eligible

August 13, 2019, 9:07 am | Sandra Oberbroeckling

community cooperative elevator background with a purple coneflower near camera.AMES, Iowa — The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process. Only communities located within 1 mile of a state or federal highway will be selected.

The Visioning Program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to empower local leaders through a planning process that results in an enhancement plan that reflects the values and identity of the community.

Communities selected to participate are required to contribute $2,000 (either cash or in-kind) toward program implementation. In return, the visioning program provides professional services valued at more than $80,000. Since 1996, 241 communities throughout the state have benefited from the 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 with a mission to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community and promoting stewardship.

Communities interested in applying to the 2020 Community Visioning Program can download an application at

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 1, 2019. Selections will be announced in mid-September.


Additional Contact:
Gail Barels, Trees Forever, 319-373-0650, ext. 124,


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