Decorah, as one of Iowa’s Great Places, recently received the sustainability award from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for its Trout Run Trail project. Representing Decorah as members of the local Great Places Committee were, from left, Karen Foster, her son Micheal Foster, Kirk Johnson and Kent Foster with Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. (Submitted photo)
Decorah, as one of Iowa’s Great Places, recently received the sustainability award from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for its Trout Run Trail project. Representing Decorah as members of the local Great Places Committee were, from left, Karen Foster, her son Micheal Foster, Kirk Johnson and Kent Foster with Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. (Submitted photo)
Decorah, as one of Iowa's Great Places, recently received an award from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for its Trout Run Trail project.

It was recognized in the category of sustainable community and pleasing environment.

The award states, "An Iowa Great Place proactively implements sustainable community development principles and works toward greater energy efficiency, which produces a clean, healthy and accessible natural and built environment."

Now in its sixth year, Iowa Great Places encourages communities to work together to achieve a better quality of life for its citizens. The program combines state resources with local assets to build capacity in communities, regions, neighborhoods or districts that cultivate their unique and authentic qualities.

In developing their proposals, Iowans are asked to address seven unique and authentic dimensions that make places special: engaging experiences; rich, diverse populations and cultures; a vital, creative economy; clean and accessible natural and built environments; well-designed infrastructure; a shared attitude of optimism that welcomes new ideas; and a diverse and inclusive cultural mosaic.

The other communities receiving recognition at the second annual Iowa Great Places banquet and awards ceremony were: Mason City, architectural center; Dubuque, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Council Bluffs, River's Edge; Jackson County, Maquoketa River Trail; Guttenberg, River Marina; and Fairfield, 1st Friday Art Walk.



Harman wins award

Mike Harman of Decorah was also cited along with other Iowa Great Places workers and organizers as "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year."