IOWA GREAT PLACES <br />HELPING THE CITY OF DECORAH<br />Turning Attributes Into Assets<br />Presented by City Manager J...
Presentation PurposesDemonstrate through Decorah’s Experience<br />Maximizing Our IGP Benefits<br />Meeting Commitments an...
Function of Cities<br />Cities are in the quality of life business <br />Cities must strive to make communities better/gre...
Our Common Challenges<br />Creating and Maintaining Economic Viability and Vitality<br />Addressing Population and Demogra...
Oneota River Valley<br />The Upper Iowa River winding through Decorah<br />
IGP Presentation<br />Setting the Stage - A Brief Introduction to Decorah and Our IGP Projects<br />Trout Run Trail<br />W...
Decorah, IowaAn Overview<br />Located in Northeast Iowa – 60 miles from LaCrosse, WI and 70 miles from Rochester, MN<br />...
First Impressions<br /><ul><li>The Downtown
Trout Run Trail and Park System
Luther College
Other Positive Attributes
Topographic Features
Public Schools
Public Library
Vesterheim Museum
Medical Facilities</li></li></ul><li>The Downtown AssetEnhancement Efforts<br />SSMID Creation, Extension and Expansion<br...
Streetscape Project<br />Reconstructed concrete streets<br />New utilities<br />Stamped, colored concrete sidewalks and cr...
Community Acceptance, Planning and Coordination<br />How Success Paved the Way for Future Projects<br /><ul><li>Multiple, ...
Consistent, Focused and Anticipatory Communications
Sequential Consensus Building
Setting Target Dates
Anticipating Issues and Questions
Defining Roles and Budgeting for Expert Advice
Responding to Crisis, Semi-Crisis and Non-Crisis Situations
Block Captain Arrangements
Combination of Funding Sources
The North Alley to Day Spring Lane Transformation</li></ul>Streetscape Project<br />
Vesterheim Museum<br /><ul><li>Largest collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the U.S.
Mission is to focus on the immigrant experience of most U.S. citizens
Occupies several buildings on west end of downtown</li></li></ul><li>Nordicfest<br />
The Hotel Winneshiek<br />A restored turn-of-the-century hotel located in the middle of the downtown.<br />
Hotel Lobby<br />
The Cultural & Recreational Asset<br />Our Park System<br />Trail Planning and Development<br />Recreational Features and ...
A BRIEF TOUR OF THE TROUT RUN TRAIL<br />
View from Phelps Park<br />Overlooking Upper Iowa River and Protected Prairie Area<br />
Segment 1Built 1994 Known as the Oneota Trail<br />
Parallel Trails<br />
Dances With BirdsCreated by artist Doug Freeman<br />
Segment 2Built by Skyline Construction: cost $299,246<br />
By the Skate park<br />
Segment 3Built by Skyline Construction: cost $124,127<br />
Parallel with Montgomery<br />
Segment 4Contract to Skyline Construction: cost $135,019<br />
Segment 5Trail-Contract to J.B. Holland Construction: cost $353,022Bridges (A-B-C) contract to J.B. Holland: cost $642,579...
Bridge A complete at the Gunderson Clinic<br />
Site of River Horizon Arch<br />
River HorizonCreated by artist BounnakThammavong<br />
Bridge B completed<br />
Great cooperation with land owners<br />
Site of bridge C<br />
Bridge C completed<br />
Siewer Springs bridge before<br />
Frequently washed out bridge<br />
Siewer Springs bridge with pedestrian lane<br />
Handicap accessible fishing<br />
Proposed interactive center and restroom at Trout Hatchery<br />
Segment 6Contract to Dormark Construction: cost $229,054<br />
Reclaiming abandoned rail bed <br />
Site of bridge D<br />
Bridge D completed<br />
Section 7Contract to Reilly Construction Co. Inc.cost $396,295<br />
Carving a trail in the hills<br />
Segment 8Contract to Skyline Construction Inc.cost $866,054<br />
Heading to the Middle Calmar Road box culvert<br />
Segment 9Letting scheduled soon<br />
Reclaiming abandoned old highway 52<br />
Site of the highway 9 proposed bridge<br />
Up close<br />
Segment 11Contract to Brueing Rock Products: cost $605,319<br />
Blasting at the cut<br />
Newly opened artery <br />
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City of Decorah IGP Presentation by Jerry Freund

  1. 1.
  2. 2. IOWA GREAT PLACES <br />HELPING THE CITY OF DECORAH<br />Turning Attributes Into Assets<br />Presented by City Manager Jerry Freund<br />
  3. 3. Presentation PurposesDemonstrate through Decorah’s Experience<br />Maximizing Our IGP Benefits<br />Meeting Commitments and Responsibilities<br />Fulfilling Expectations<br />
  4. 4. Function of Cities<br />Cities are in the quality of life business <br />Cities must strive to make communities better/greater places for next generation<br />A ‘vision’ is a realistic, credible, attractive future for our city. It articulates a<br />destination toward which our city should aim. A future that in important ways<br />is better, more successful, or more desirable, for our city than is the present.<br />Leadership facilitates the Vision<br />Management creates order and predictability<br />From March 28, 2007 Iowa Municipal Management Institute Presentation on “Challenges to Innovation”.<br />
  5. 5. Our Common Challenges<br />Creating and Maintaining Economic Viability and Vitality<br />Addressing Population and Demographic Issues<br />Managing Our Resources Efficiently and Effectively<br />Protecting and Promoting a Clean, Healthy Environment<br />Maintaining Expected Levels of Public Safety Services<br />Providing Desired and Meaningful Recreational, Informational and Leisure Services<br />Maintaining Existing and Planning New Public Transportation Systems <br />
  6. 6. Oneota River Valley<br />The Upper Iowa River winding through Decorah<br />
  7. 7. IGP Presentation<br />Setting the Stage - A Brief Introduction to Decorah and Our IGP Projects<br />Trout Run Trail<br />Water Street Plaza<br />Welcoming Sign <br />
  8. 8. Decorah, IowaAn Overview<br />Located in Northeast Iowa – 60 miles from LaCrosse, WI and 70 miles from Rochester, MN<br />Population of 8,172<br />Situated in the Upper Iowa River Basin<br />Part of the larger “Driftless Region”<br />Per Capita Retail Sales $20,032 vs. $12,962 for Peer Cities<br />Philosophically Diverse<br />Major Employers<br /> Luther College, Infastech, Rockwell Collins, Mayo Clinic and Bruening Rock Products<br />
  9. 9. First Impressions<br /><ul><li>The Downtown
  10. 10. Trout Run Trail and Park System
  11. 11. Luther College
  12. 12. Other Positive Attributes
  13. 13. Topographic Features
  14. 14. Public Schools
  15. 15. Public Library
  16. 16. Vesterheim Museum
  17. 17. Medical Facilities</li></li></ul><li>The Downtown AssetEnhancement Efforts<br />SSMID Creation, Extension and Expansion<br />Creation of an Urban Revitalization District<br />Creation of Urban Renewal District<br />Adoption of Design Standards<br />Streetscape Project<br />Day Spring Lane Parking Project<br />VesterheimMusuem<br />NordicFest and Other Events<br />Water Street Plaza with IGP<br />
  18. 18. Streetscape Project<br />Reconstructed concrete streets<br />New utilities<br />Stamped, colored concrete sidewalks and crosswalks<br />New lights<br />Planters, trees, benches<br />Bump-outs<br />Streetscape Project<br />
  19. 19. Community Acceptance, Planning and Coordination<br />How Success Paved the Way for Future Projects<br /><ul><li>Multiple, Open Planning Sessions
  20. 20. Consistent, Focused and Anticipatory Communications
  21. 21. Sequential Consensus Building
  22. 22. Setting Target Dates
  23. 23. Anticipating Issues and Questions
  24. 24. Defining Roles and Budgeting for Expert Advice
  25. 25. Responding to Crisis, Semi-Crisis and Non-Crisis Situations
  26. 26. Block Captain Arrangements
  27. 27. Combination of Funding Sources
  28. 28. The North Alley to Day Spring Lane Transformation</li></ul>Streetscape Project<br />
  29. 29. Vesterheim Museum<br /><ul><li>Largest collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the U.S.
  30. 30. Mission is to focus on the immigrant experience of most U.S. citizens
  31. 31. Occupies several buildings on west end of downtown</li></li></ul><li>Nordicfest<br />
  32. 32. The Hotel Winneshiek<br />A restored turn-of-the-century hotel located in the middle of the downtown.<br />
  33. 33. Hotel Lobby<br />
  34. 34. The Cultural & Recreational Asset<br />Our Park System<br />Trail Planning and Development<br />Recreational Features and Challenges<br />The Decorah Public Library<br />
  35. 35. A BRIEF TOUR OF THE TROUT RUN TRAIL<br />
  36. 36. View from Phelps Park<br />Overlooking Upper Iowa River and Protected Prairie Area<br />
  37. 37. Segment 1Built 1994 Known as the Oneota Trail<br />
  38. 38.
  39. 39. Parallel Trails<br />
  40. 40. Dances With BirdsCreated by artist Doug Freeman<br />
  41. 41.
  42. 42.
  43. 43. Segment 2Built by Skyline Construction: cost $299,246<br />
  44. 44.
  45. 45. By the Skate park<br />
  46. 46. Segment 3Built by Skyline Construction: cost $124,127<br />
  47. 47. Parallel with Montgomery<br />
  48. 48.
  49. 49. Segment 4Contract to Skyline Construction: cost $135,019<br />
  50. 50.
  51. 51. Segment 5Trail-Contract to J.B. Holland Construction: cost $353,022Bridges (A-B-C) contract to J.B. Holland: cost $642,579<br />
  52. 52. Bridge A complete at the Gunderson Clinic<br />
  53. 53.
  54. 54. Site of River Horizon Arch<br />
  55. 55. River HorizonCreated by artist BounnakThammavong<br />
  56. 56.
  57. 57. Bridge B completed<br />
  58. 58. Great cooperation with land owners<br />
  59. 59.
  60. 60.
  61. 61. Site of bridge C<br />
  62. 62. Bridge C completed<br />
  63. 63.
  64. 64. Siewer Springs bridge before<br />
  65. 65. Frequently washed out bridge<br />
  66. 66. Siewer Springs bridge with pedestrian lane<br />
  67. 67. Handicap accessible fishing<br />
  68. 68.
  69. 69. Proposed interactive center and restroom at Trout Hatchery<br />
  70. 70. Segment 6Contract to Dormark Construction: cost $229,054<br />
  71. 71.
  72. 72. Reclaiming abandoned rail bed <br />
  73. 73.
  74. 74.
  75. 75. Site of bridge D<br />
  76. 76. Bridge D completed<br />
  77. 77. Section 7Contract to Reilly Construction Co. Inc.cost $396,295<br />
  78. 78. Carving a trail in the hills<br />
  79. 79.
  80. 80.
  81. 81.
  82. 82.
  83. 83.
  84. 84.
  85. 85. Segment 8Contract to Skyline Construction Inc.cost $866,054<br />
  86. 86.
  87. 87. Heading to the Middle Calmar Road box culvert<br />
  88. 88.
  89. 89.
  90. 90.
  91. 91.
  92. 92. Segment 9Letting scheduled soon<br />
  93. 93.
  94. 94. Reclaiming abandoned old highway 52<br />
  95. 95. Site of the highway 9 proposed bridge<br />
  96. 96.
  97. 97. Up close<br />
  98. 98. Segment 11Contract to Brueing Rock Products: cost $605,319<br />
  99. 99.
  100. 100. Blasting at the cut<br />
  101. 101.
  102. 102. Newly opened artery <br />
  103. 103.
  104. 104.
  105. 105.
  106. 106. The cut switchback<br />
  107. 107.
  108. 108.
  109. 109. Trail connects closely to Luther campus<br />
  110. 110. The Trail & IGP<br /><ul><li>Assessing the Trail’s resonance quotient
  111. 111. The Search for Opportunities
  112. 112. Iowa Great Places</li></ul> The Food & Fitness Initiative<br /> Kellogg Foundation Grant<br /> Other Grants<br /><ul><li>Finding Partners
  113. 113. Respecting the Goal
  114. 114. Celebrating Accomplishments</li></li></ul><li>The Impact of IGP<br />The Designation – to be among the chosen<br />The Awards – Meaningful Financial Assistance<br />Staying on Track – Reporting Requirements<br />Opportunities for Enhanced Recognition<br />Additional Opportunities<br />
  115. 115. Iowa Great Places<br />To Be Among The Chosen<br /><ul><li>A Springboard for Your Project’s Development
  116. 116. An External Validation of Your Ideas, Efforts and Project</li></li></ul><li>Iowa Great Places<br />The Potential For Financial Assistance<br /><ul><li>The Grant Application Process
  117. 117. Fitting Financial Pieces Together</li></li></ul><li>Iowa Great Places<br />Staying on Track – Reporting and Compliance<br /><ul><li>Narrative Reports
  118. 118. Financial Reports
  119. 119. Reimbursement Requirements
  120. 120. Other Compliance Requirements</li></li></ul><li>IGP<br />OPPORTUNITIES<br /><ul><li>Recognition for Your Project
  121. 121. Recognition for Key Volunteers and Leaders
  122. 122. Grant Awareness
  123. 123. Informational Assets</li></li></ul><li> Trout Run Trail-Decorah<br />“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”<br />
  124. 124. Trout Run Trail near the Upper Iowa River<br />“Plans are only good intentions unless they inevitably degenerate into hard work.”<br /> - Peter Drucker<br />
  125. 125.
  126. 126. Celebrate Accomplishments<br />Schedule celebrations<br />Be a cheerleader on your way<br />Be part of a cheering squad<br />Have fun<br />Determine a social network and bolster it<br />Stay in love<br />Plan a celebration right now<br />Kouzes & Posner The Leadership Challenge<br />
  127. 127. Trout Run Trail-Decorah<br />
  128. 128. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi<br />

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