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Fairfield named one of Iowa's great places

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10 November 2006

Fairfield was recently one of six communities in Iowa receiving the Iowa Great Places designation in recognition of the city's unique and authentic qualities, dynamic cultural climate, and economic development.

As a result, the state will provide a grant and partner with Fairfield to 'stimulate ideas and planning, streamline access to available state resources, help leverage local and private resources, and share technical expertise.'

According to the Iowa Great Places website, the goal of the designation is to 'make good places great by bringing together the resources of state government to build capacity in communities, regions, neighborhoods or districts that cultivate the unique and authentic qualities that make places special. . . . '

Scores of cities competed for the designation, each having to prepare materials and make a presentation to the state's Citizen Advisory Board.

During the 90-minute presentation by city leaders, the board viewed a short video produced by Hawthorne Direct featuring pictures of Fairfield area celebrations and landmarks.

They also heard brief presentations on Abundance Ecovillage, the Maasdam Barns, 1st Fridays Art Walk, the Downtown Street Scape Project, the trails system with the bikeway, walkway plan, the Vedic Observatory, the Jefferson County Civic Center, and economic development.

The state is making a $3 million grant available to be shared among the six communities.

Copyright 2006, Maharishi University of Management

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