OUTCOME TWO: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
We're proud of the many ways we've enhanced economic development across Pottawattamie County and we're ready to leverage that success by thinking bigger and acting bolder. Together with our partners, we're asking hard questions about how we preserve our neighborhoods, what's missing in our communities and how easily we can connect people to schools and jobs. We actively imagine a future that serves all of the community's needs and pulls new talent, employers and attractions to the quality of life we offer here.RIVER'S EDGE DEVELOPMENT MAC AREA WEST BROADWAY
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The communities in Pottawattamie County and our region are extremely fortunate to have the Iowa West Foundation working on their behalf to improve our quality of life through their economic development, education, and placemaking initiatives.
Executive Director, Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation
A catalyst from the beginning, Iowa West believes in the vast potential of the Missouri Riverfront. By committing $22 million over the past 15 years to develop the Great Lawn at Tom Hanafan Park, incorporate works of public art like “Big Mo” and “Rays,” and continually support events such as Loessfest, River’s Edge has become the place to be. Investments including the Community Pavilion, surrounding water features and 700 + stall parking garage will continue to draw thousands of people to the banks of the river each year. Look for IWF headquarters to relocate to the riverfront in early 2019.
With an initial multi-million dollar investment in the Mid-America Center, Iowa West Foundation leadership is committed to the success of this area. With a package that included funding for the construction of the Iowa West Field House (separate entry on the Placemaking page) and an agreement with the Courtyard by Marriott hotel (that recently opened for business), this development is resulting in packed parking lots. More retail and restaurants are on the horizon with improved signage for the area coming soon.
A city’s main thoroughfare serves as the first impression of the community. By funding $9 million for aesthetic improvements to this multi-million dollar construction project on West Broadway, what could’ve been just a road will be a memorable gateway into Council Bluffs. The beautification will not only impress tourists but also make residents proud.