Graettinger Selected For Community Visioning Program
The northern Palo Alto County community of Graettinger has been selected as one of 10 Iowa communities to participate in the state of Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program for the coming year. The announcement was made recenlty by state officials.
The Living Roadways Community Visioning program is an award-winning program that brings together technical landscape planning and design techniques along with sustainable community action. The program is designed to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape fo their communities.
Along with Graettinger, other communities selected to participate in the program during 2018 were Coon Rapids, Corning, Decorah, Forest City, Glidden, Moville, Peterson, Plymouth and Wapello.
The Community Visioning program dates back to 1996 and since its inception, a total of 245 Iowa communities have benefited from participatin in the Community Visioning program.
In order to be considered for qualification in the program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000 residents and have existing, identifiable transportation-related issues. Additionally, each community must have a committee of volunteers who will be willing to dedicate their time and talents to the visioning process.
The Community Visioning program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation working in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension, as well as Trees Forever, which is an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization.
In addition, professional landscape architects offer expertise in creating conceptual design plans for the communities.