FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kevin Techau-Executive Director
Keep Iowa Beautiful
Phone: 515-979-0142
ktechau@keepiowabeautiful.org

Kelley Deutmeyer, Executive Director
East Central Intergovernmental Association
Phone: 563-690-5700
KDeutmeyer@ecia.org

MORE HOMETOWN PRIDE COMMUNITIES

(July 12, 2021) – Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has announced a new partnership to expand KIB’s Hometown Pride program with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), the Board of Supervisors of Delaware Counties, Cedar County Economic Development and 14 communities: Edgewood, Manchester, Delhi, Ryan, Dundee, Delaware, Hopkinton, Colesburg, Greeley, Earlville and Masonville, Mechanicsville, Stanwood, and Tipton. Through the Hometown Pride program, Keep Iowa Beautiful is building strong communities with sustainable futures.

The Hometown Pride program enhances the economic and cultural vitality of communities by supporting, facilitating, and furthering the implementation of community and county plans and ideas in a coordinated strategy for five years with the assistance of a community coach.

“Keep Iowa Beautiful is excited to partner with ECIA and leaders in Cedar County and Delaware County,” said Kevin Techau, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful. “As a result, 14 communities will have the potential to increase their cultural and economic vitality improving them as great places to live, work and raise a family.”

“We are very excited to help KIB expand the Hometown Pride program to 14 communities in Cedar County and Delaware County,” said Kelley Deutmeyer, Executive Director of East Central Intergovernmental Association.

Marla Quinn and Jennifer Walker will serve as Hometown Coaches for the participating communities in Cedar County and Delaware County. Marla Quinn has been with the East Central Intergovernmental Association(ECIA) for 19 years as the Grants and Municipal Coordinator. “Keep Iowa Beautiful offers an exciting opportunity to enhance the appearance of local communities and improve the overall quality of life,” said Marla Quinn.

Jennifer Walker has been with (ECIA) for 13 years as the Development Coordinator and Consultant. “Each community will have a local committee selected by their mayor,” added Jennifer. “Our goal is to provide long term technical and support assistance to our help our communities grow and thrive.”

The Hometown Pride program is operating in Clinton, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones Pocahontas and Warren counties with 51 communities participating. 39 communities in Fremont, Jasper, Louisa and Sac have participated in the Hometown Pride program.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Co-Founders Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens and communities in improving the vitality and cultural health of the state of Iowa. KIB is building stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. For additional information, visit www.keepiowabeautiful.com

About East Central Intergovernmental Association
The mission of ECIA is to empower communities and their people through sustainable partnerships, promoting equity and inclusivity; and providing services to enhance the quality of life in the region. The region is five counties: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson. www.ecia.org

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Marla Quinn
Hometown Pride Coach


Jennifer Walker
Hometown Pride Coach