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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/

2015 Annual Report

In preparing for this year’s annual report,it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, the Riverfront, and West Broadway to name a few). Because the work on these trans…
In preparing for this year’s annual report, it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2015-annual-report/

Call for Support of Fieldhouse/Hotel Project

The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input. We would encourage you to contact your City Council members within the next…
The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council Meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input.…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/call-support-fieldhousehotel-project/

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/

2014: Year in Review

The year 2014 was another historic year for the Foundation. We awarded $20 million in grants and initiatives to more than 69 nonprofits and government entities. Please take a few moments to read more about these impactful programs and projects in the 2014…
 In 2014, the Iowa West Foundation awarded just over $20 million in grants and initiatives to more than 69 nonprofits and government entities. These programs and projects …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2014-year-review/

C.I.T.I.E.S. Program Big Deal for Small Towns

“A town can get older and die or it can get better and thrive.” – Pete Sorensen, City Councilman, Neola
“A town can get older and die or it can get better and thrive.” – Pete Sorensen, City Councilman, Neola Perhaps truer words have never been spoken. Residents of small-town …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/cities-program-big-deal-small-towns/

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/

Capacity Building Grant Helps El Centro Latino Expand Services

A $35,000 grant was awarded this quarter to Council Bluffs El Centro Latino as an Iowa West initiative for capacity building of the organization.
One of the important themes that emerged from Iowa West Foundation’s extensive community outreach in 2013 was the need to improve Latino engagement. A $35,000 grant was …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/capacity-building-grant-helps-el-centro-latino-expand-servic/

Our Strategic Plan Brings New Energy to Iowa West’s Ongoing Work

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.
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 wer…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/our-strategic-plan-brings-new-energy-iowa-wests-ongoing-work/

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/

Serving Citizens Through Local Philanthropy

In 2007, a Transfer of Wealth Study funded by Iowa West Foundation explored 
the availability of charitable donations in the Pottawattamie County area.
In 2007, a Transfer of Wealth Study funded by Iowa West Foundation explored the availability of charitable donations in the Pottawattamie County area. The study found that a c…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/serving-citizens-through-local-philanthropy/

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live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its
quality of life and standard of living.

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