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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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Iowa West Field House: A Commitment to the Community

From the beginning, our goals for the field house were not only to provide access to southwest Iowa sports teams but also to drive economic development in the Mid-America Center and tourism in Council Bluffs.
As you may have seen in the news lately, the Iowa West Field House is officially open for league and tournament play! Opening weekend Jan. 13-15th was a huge success, with bot…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-field-house-commitment-community/

New tenants will bring vibrancy to the MAC

Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners. The lack of vibrancy and action have been disappointing to all involved. Now we have reason to believe that the MAC a…
Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners, both from Council Bluffs and Omaha, as w…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/new-tenants-will-bring-vibrancy-mac/

Election Key to Progress in CB

In the past, residents have not turned out in large numbers for the city elections. If you enjoy the nice parks, the library, the bike/walking trails, the arts and culture activities and museums, and the swimming pools, we would encourage you to become a…
For more than 20 years, the Iowa West Foundation has worked with the City of Council Bluffs to bring about transformational revitalization projects to our community. One need not …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/election-key-progress-cb/

Why the Riverfront?

The Iowa West Foundation has been a catalyst in the development of the Riverfront from the beginning and with good reason. Our Board sees vast potential for economic development in this area that will benefit Council Bluffs’ and the greater southwest Iowa…
Before the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge was even built, it was referred to as “the bridge to nowhere.” Harsh, but somewhat true as the Iowa side of the Missouri River lacked d…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/why-riverfront/

We don't coast. We advance. And we advance as a region.

Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the new local branding effort highlighting the tagline, “we don’t coast.” It speaks to the area’s forward momentum and the pride Midwesterners have in their communities. The slogan actually ties in perfectly with anothe…
Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the new local branding effort highlighting the tagline, “we don’t coast.” It speaks to the area’s f…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/we-dont-coast-we-advance-and-we-advance-region-2/

A Strong Start to 2014

Iowa West Foundation has completed its first two grant rounds since announcing a new strategic plan focusing on education, economic development and place-making in Council Bluffs and surrounding communities.
Iowa West Foundation has completed its first two grant rounds since announcing a new strategic plan focusing on education, economic development and place-making in Council Bluffs …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/strong-start-2014/

Collaboration is Key to our Region’s Economic Development

On January 3, 2014, business, community and elected leaders joined by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman commemorated the formation of a two-state, regional economic development organization — an unprecedented collaboration b…
On January 3, 2014, business, community and elected leaders joined by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman commemorated the formation of a two-state, r…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/collaboration-key-our-regions-economic-development/

Announcing Our Strategic Plan

On behalf of the Iowa West Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce a three to five year strategic plan for the Foundation.
On behalf of the Iowa West Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce a three to five year strategic plan for the Foundation. After a year of outreach and input on communit…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/announcing-our-strategic-plan/

What does 2050 look like to you?

It’s not often that an opportunity like Heartland 2050 comes along. In fact it’s unprecedented. This is the first time that all eight counties in our metropolitan area have joined together to create a vision of what our region’s projected growth could…
By Pete Tulipana by Pete Tulipana It’s not often that an opportunity like Heartland 2050 comes along. In fact it’s unprecedented. This is the first time that all…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/what-does-2050-look-you/

How Have We Been Doing?

The Iowa West Foundation has awarded grants to organizations in our community to improve quality of life and standard of living for thousands of area residents. We want to know how you think we have been doing. Have we achieved a balanced approach in g…
Since 2003, the Iowa West Foundation has awarded $204.3 million in grants to organizations in our community to improve quality of life and standard of living for thousands of …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/time-reflection/

Creating A Sense of Place with Public Art

This month Iowa West Public Art has been featured in Sculpture, an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture.
By Pete Tulipana This month Iowa West Public Art has been featured in Sculpture, an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture. The articl…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/creating-sense-place-public-art/

Iowa West Foundation hits $300 million mark

At not quite 20 years old, the Iowa West Foundation’s grant program has recently passed an incredible milestone: $300 million in grant awards. Those funds, leveraged with matching dollars, represent $600 million invested in our communities throughout the …
  By Pete Tulipana At not quite 20 years old, the Iowa West Foundation’s grant program has recently passed an incredible milestone: $300 million in grant awards. Tho…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-foundation-hits-300-million-mark/

Welcome to Leadership Notes

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.
By Pete Tulipana 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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/welcome/

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