As I celebrate my one-year anniversary as president and CEO of the Foundation, I look forward to my work with the Iowa West Foundation with tremendous energy and sense of optimism. It has been exciting to learn more about the amazing impact this Foundation has had in Southwest Iowa! During the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and visit with many of you; learn about your organizations and initiatives; and witness firsthand your commitment to improving the quality of life in our region. I have also been pleased to hear your thoughts about important priorities for the Foundation.
In the months ahead, the Foundation will launch a comprehensive strategic planning process. One very important part of that process is to create ways to listen and hear from the community. Please share your thoughts and tell us what you think – we're listening. In addition to the feedback we receive from you on this blog, and through Facebook and Twitter, we are coordinating a number of community Focus Groups; conducting a phone survey; and reaching out to local service groups for conversation. Finally, this website has been designed to be interactive with you … the community. We welcome and appreciate your thoughts and questions.
The possibilities are limitless. It will be through collaboration and cooperation that we continue the next phase of the vital process of transformation taking place in our region. For me, leadership at the Iowa West Foundation is a privilege. I am committed to working to provide leadership to the Foundation and for the community that value partnerships, transparency and is based on good communication. I look forward to hearing from you. I am confident that through our shared determination, we can continue to create the thriving, sustainable communities in Southwest Iowa we all envision.