Louisa County Hometown Pride Partnership


Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has partnered with Louisa County, the Louisa Development Group and its nine communities in a five year program called Hometown Pride.  The communities are Columbus City, Columbus Junction, Cotter, Fredonia, Grandview, Letts, Morning Sun, Oakville and Wapello.

The purpose of Hometown Pride is to enhance the economic and cultural vitality in the county by supporting, facilitating and implementing community and county plans in a coordinated effort. 

“Many Iowa communities are facing the issue of survival,” said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB.  “They need long term help in building the future of their community and developing a sense of place with the assistance of a community coach.”

Douglas Elam has been hired as Louisa County’s Community Coach. “I am looking forward to working with the citizens of Louisa County.  The Hometown Pride program will provide long-term technical and support assistance to the county and it’s communities,” said Elam.  “The results will be improved quality of life, increased cultural and economic vitality resulting in more community pride.”  Doug was a superintendent for a solid waste district outside of Washington, D.C., prior to moving to Iowa, garnishing three state awards for his innovative programs.  Most recently he has been providing management support as a volunteer to a literacy council in North Carolina and a Salvation Army outpost in Alaska.  He recently has been a Roadside Enhancement Coach in eastern Iowa for KIB.

“This is a great opportunity for Louisa County and we look forward to working with Doug and moving us along with our plans,” said Sherry Humphreys, Director of Louisa Development Group.  “Hometown Pride includes all communities in Louisa County and gives them opportunities they would have never received on their own.”

Hometown Pride in Louisa County is funded by Keep Iowa Beautiful, the county and each community.  Other Hometown Pride programs in Iowa include Pocahontas County, Freemont County and the State Capitol Neighborhoods.  

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor 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, neighborhoods and communities in improving the economic vitality and cultural health of our state. KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live.  For more information go to www.keepiowabeautiful.com

Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director,
515-323-6507 or gschnepf@keepiowabeautiful.com

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