On behalf of the Iowa West board members, we would like to thank you for the tremendous input provided to us during the past year. Your comments, suggestions, and concerns were central to the formation of our new strategic plan.
Over the next 3–5 years, we have determined that the community priorities which we will be focusing on are in the areas of economic development, education, and place-making (ie: recreation, beautification, arts & culture, etc.). Collaboratively, we intend to make a significant impact toward our vision of a community where families choose to live and businesses choose to locate because of its quality of life.
On behalf of the Iowa West Racing Association, we are pleased to continue to offer the funds that are made available to the Foundation to work to address the goals outlined above. We are committed to working together to support the necessary efforts required to deliver on the goals of the strategic plan.
To add to Deb’s comment, as Chair of the Iowa West Foundation board, I believe that our year-long effort to convene a wide range of organizations and leaders throughout the Pottawattamie County region will pay dividends as we embrace regional partnerships to reach our strategic outcome — strong health families in our community of communities.
This goal and the efforts in the focus areas to reach this goal follows unprecedented guidance from the community, and frankly it will take unprecedented support from community partners to achieve significant collective impact. Iowa West is up to the challenge, and — with your help — we are going to work hard to get there. As a private foundation, we have been able to do great things. We hope to do even more in the future with continued input and support from the communities and local organizations in our area.
We are excited with the direction that the Iowa West Foundation is headed. This plan will provide a roadmap as we continue to make a positive impact with our grant making in this region. We encourage you to stay connected with the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.