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Model Communities

Connecting leaders to share successful practices

Thousands of Iowans attend conferences and workshops annually seeking new, innovative practices and models. Through the Iowa Model Communities Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) seeks to bring model community development practices to local leaders.

The program partners with Iowa communities to share community development best practices. The inaugural Model Communities and model best practices the communities and IEDA are sharing across Iowa follow.

  • Burlington – downtown building façade improvements
  • Elkader – downtown retail in the 21st century
  • Storm Lake – community water management best practices
  • Woodbine – community housing development
Program Contact(s)

Jeff Geerts - IEDA
515.348.6211
green@iowaeda.com

Charlie Nichols - City of Burlington
319.753.8130
nicholsC@burlingtoniowa.org

Steve Frevert - Downtown Partners, Inc
319.752.6365
sfrevert@greaterburlington.com

Emily Yaddof - Main Street Elkader
563.245.2770
EDC@alpinecom.net

Jennifer Cowsert - City of Elkader
563.245.2098
elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net

Keri Navratil - City of Storm Lake
712.732.8000
navratil@stormlake.org     

Scott Olesen - City of Storm Lake
712.732.8002
olesen@stormlake.org

Amber Nelson - City of Woodbine
712.647.2550
adnelson@woodbineia.com              

Deb Sprecker - Woodbine Main Street
712.647.3434
woodbinemainstreet@windstream.net

 

 

 
Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.348.6200
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