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Emmetsburg Selected For 2021 Community Visioning

By Staff | Nov 19, 2020

Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2021. Emmetsburg is one of the ten communities.

This award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

2021 Community Visioning Program.The 2020 visioning communities are Alleman, Calamus, Conrad, Emmetsburg, Malvern, Princeton, Shenandoah, Tama, Toledo and Wheatland. Three of the communities had participated in the program previously: Emmetsburg (2000-2001), Princeton (1996-1997) and Toledo (1998-1999). The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based, nonprofit, environmental advocacy organization.

“The City of Emmetsburg is thrilled to take part in the Community Visioning program once again, and we are excited about the opportunity to engage residents in empowering positive change in the community,” said Gretchen Reichter, Marketing and Retail Coordinator for Emmetsburg. “We recently kicked off our community-wide strategic planning process, and Community Visioning will be a great follow-up. We will be able to use insight gathered through the strategic planning public input process and build from specific areas and goals identified in the strategic plan.”

Reichter pointed to potential areas of focus that may include downtown streetscape improvements, new wayfinding signage, pocket park development, sidewalk and trail improvements within the community, safe routes to school, and enhancement of existing amenities.

Program experts will guide steering committee members through the Visioning process and provide the community with concepts and a feasibility study that includes cost estimates for each proposed enhancement, phasing options, and implementation strategies. Landscape architects will allow the community to visualize solutions for landscape development and beautification by providing illustrated maps, drawings, and digital images for proposed enhancements.

“I participated in Iowa Living Roadways’ virtual celebration last week which featured 2020 communities and their projects,” said Reichter. “I was inspired by other communities’ accomplishments, and I look forward to developing a feasible and sustainable ‘Vision’ for our community that will impact generations to come.”

To qualify for the visioning program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues, and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

The Community Visioning Program empowers local leaders through a planning process that results in a transportation enhancement plan reflecting the values and identity of the community.

Read the full article in The Democrat.