Keep Iowa Beautiful programOctober 11, 2017Clinton County joined an Iowa initiative earlier this year aimed at improving economic and cultural vitality for small towns in the county.
The Clinton County Board of Supervisors was approached earlier this year regarding the Keep Iowa Beautiful Home Town Pride Program. The program offers a community coach at a two-thirds time schedule. Participants in the program receive a $60,000 grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful for five years, with a local match at $20,000 per year. The Clinton County Board of Supervisors and Clinton County Development Association are each providing $10,000 per year for five years for the program. Nine participating cities in Clinton County each are providing $300. The participating cities currently are Clinton, Camanche, DeWitt, Delmar, Grand Mound, Lost Nation, Low Moor, Welton and Wheatland.
"We provide the coaching assistance to communities for them to make the decisions on what types of projects they would like to implement," Clinton County Hometown Pride Community Coach Francis Boggus said. "We act as a community coach. It's different than consulting. I've done consulting work in the past. We act less a sage on the stage giving advice and more as a guide on the side. We let the communities decide for themselves what projects they want to plan and develop and implement. And what we are as a coach is to provide their assistance with expertise, resources and guidance from an outside perspective to let communities reach their goals. The communities themselves decide what they want to do."