COUNCIL BLUFFS — After nearly a year of broad-based community outreach, Iowa West Foundation officials have identified three areas of focus for the next three to five years: education, “place-making” and economic development.
The foundation’s goal is to help create “a community where families choose to live and businesses choose to locate because of its quality of life and standard of living.”
Place-making combines the foundation’s earlier focus areas of community development and human and social needs, such as housing.
Iowa West President and CEO Pete Tulipana said place-making includes elements of community beautification, arts and culture, recreation, neighborhood development and housing.
“How do we make Council Bluffs the kind of place where people say, ‘We’ve got what families need. This is really a great community,’ ” he said.
The foundation identified the priorities through a survey of 700 households throughout the county, interviews and listening sessions with community leaders, focus groups and presentations to service and civic clubs.