Gowrie Development Commission Hosted The 2017 Spring Banquet At Mulligans At The Gowrie Municipal Golf Course On April 6th

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Red, white and blue was an appropriate theme for a community famous for a long standing 4th of July celebration tradition as the Gowrie Development Commission held their 2017 Spring Banquet on April 6th. Attendees were updated on various projects and an upcoming downtown assessment to be scheduled with the Iowa Economic Development Authority in August.

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Marcie Boerner, Membership Chairperson, "If you see someone not on the list, tell them you were here, tell them positive things you heard and encourage them to be a member, too."

An evening of conversation and updates on community growth were the focus of the Gowrie Development Commission 2017 Spring Banquet. A long standing 4th of July celebration tradition was also carried through out with a red, white and blue theme and red spring tulips from Swanson Florists.

City Council Members received a thank you from Kevin Black, GDC Housing Committee Chairman, on their forward thinking and willingness to work together on projects such as implementing tax increment financing and grant funds for new home construction.

Local Image Committee Co-Chair Mindy Swieter, reported that the GDC had been able to initiate ownership of the former Casey’s building for the City of Gowrie. This will now lead the way for additional downtown revitalization projects that focus on facades and developing a vision for the district to bring in new business. Additional updates included he scheduled downtown assessment in August by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and a $200,000 donation for the community swimming pool from the Judith Lindquist estate.

Chair and GDC President, Phil DeCastro presented updates on the disc golf course, funding to implement a walking and bike trail, new playground equipment at Laurel Park and a vision for a dog park are projects that are currently under the Quality of Life Committee.

Organization and communication efforts have been enhanced over the last year in all of the committees by working with the GFDGA. Internal and external communication within the committees and to the community has helped to generate excitement, awareness, and improve membership. Marcie Boerner, Membership Chairperson, encouraged a grass roots momentum for the GDC by referring to the list of current members on the attendees’ tables, “If you see someone not on the list, tell them you were here, tell them positive things you heard and encourage them to be a member, too.”

Gowrie’s Mayor, Gayle Redman, spoke briefly about several areas that have benefited in the community with the renewed partnerships and collaboration. Areas such as the parks board, golf course board and activities, and swimming pool are all examples of the “Go in Gowrie!”

Gowrie Development Commission is a non-profit, community-focused corporation with the mission to strengthen the economy and community of Gowrie, Iowa, and to serve its members. The GDC serves all current and prospective residents in the Gowrie community. Additional information is available at http://www.gowrie.org and by following along on Facebook and Twitter.

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