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Alta EDC begins to form city vision statement

Thursday, October 16, 2003

The Alta Economic Development Committee (AEDC) met on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to review the Main Street report done by representatives of the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED).

AEDC members include Tom Husman, City of Alta; Ron Chapman, Alta Municipal Utilities; Paul Hill, Alta Chiropractic Clinic; Darrell Deprez, House Connections; Fred Maharry, Alta Community School District; Georgia Weaver, Ag-Personnel Unlimited and Weaver Rental and Investment Properties; Bruce Frederick, A & E Construction and Jeff James, Heritage Bank.

The Main Street Report was done by Thom Guzman, director of the Iowa Resource Center, IDED. Together with Debi Flanders, CMSM, a Downtown Resource Center consultant, they visited Alta on July 29 and 30, 2003.

In preparation of the report, the team had to learn about Alta's development history and plans for future development.

The Assessment team's familiarization process began with a driving tour of the city and a walking tour of the downtown commercial district. The intensive two-day visit also included interviews with 55-plus community leaders, invidividuals and groups representing the public and private sectors.

Based upon these activities and the Assessment Team's extensive working knowledge in downtown development, the report summarizes their findings and recommendations for Alta.

The AEDC will be at work this week putting together ideas for an Alta Purpose Vision Statement, which will encompass the group's ideas about the city's future.

The group will meet on a weekly basis on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at City Hall. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 a.m. at City Hall.

The AEDC has decided that the report will be distributed this month with the Alta City Newsletter to residents to ensure that everyone has a chance to see the report.

It was also decided to pay the $2,500 bill for the IDED work and continue to take donations to cover the current shortfall.

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