Monday, May 10, 2010

My Hometown on Monday - Iowa Great Places

My Hometown on Monday - Iowa Great Places - Week 19

From "Coon Rapids, Iowa" on Wikipedia:

In October 2005, Coon Rapids was designated one of the first three "Iowa Great Places". The Great Places program, launched by Governor Tom Vilsack and implemented by the Department of Cultural Affairs, aimed to concentrate state agency resources on high-potential communities.

Coon Rapids-Whiterock area was elected a "Great Place" of Iowa for its rich history and resources, and creative future vision. The local Great Place committee represented an alliance between the nonprofit Whiterock Conservancy, the City of Coon Rapids, and the Coon Rapids Development Group.

Whiterock Conservancy is an Iowan nonprofit organized in late 2004 to administer a 5,000-acre private conservation land donation from the Garst family of Coon Rapids. Its goals are environmental restoration, sustainable agriculture, and low-impact public use and education.

The first three Iowa Great Places (Coon Rapids, Clinton and Sioux City) were each awarded $1 million in seed money by the Iowa legislature. In September 2007, Coon Rapids was also awarded a $1.7 million Vision Iowa grant. The Coon Rapids Great Place Program combines natural resource restoration with trails, public park development, elder care, diversity, historic preservation, microenterprise support, and tourism marketing.

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