Have a Heart – A Valentine for Your Community

You don’t often hear of anyone giving a valentine to the community that they call home. Why not? If you love your community, have a heart and show your appreciation by doing something for your hometown (maybe even when it … Continued

2018 – The Year in Review

What a great year, 2018. We hope that you are as inspired as we are in all that we accomplished for Iowans and Iowa. Hometown Pride Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Hometown Pride program was developed in 2012 as a practical way … Continued

Business Leader Spotlight: Doug Shull

We have just experienced the “most joyful and thankful season of the year.” Friends and relatives become especially prominent in our lives at this time of the year. They are filled with the concepts of thanks, sharing, appreciation and happiness. … Continued

Spirit of Giving

For many of us the season of giving is yearlong! Thanksgiving reminds us that thanks continue throughout the year. We give to charities and religious organizations throughout the year. The giving spirit of thanks isn’t simply of dollars, but also … Continued

Back Yard Beauty

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director We have all heard the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, one of my recent walks took me on a trail past the back yards of about 50 relatively new … Continued

On The Road Again – Iowa’s Byways!

By Gerry Schnepf With Willie Nelson’s music on your mind, hop on your bike or motorcycle or jump in your car, SUV, RV or tour bus and head out for a new traveling adventure – Iowa’s byways. Explore these special … Continued

Fall in the Air and on the Landscape

By Gerry Schnepf Fall is normally filled with color in the trees on the hillsides and in the valleys. The fall smell in the air is that pleasant subtle odor of decaying leaves. It is a reminder that one season … Continued

There’s no silver bullet!

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director The use of the term ‘silver bullet’ often refers to the ability to cut through red tape and complexity to provide an immediate, quick and easy solution to a problem or a need. It … Continued

Checking the Heartbeat of a Community

Does it need a transfusion? By Doug Friedli – Fremont County Hometown Pride Community Coach and Gerald F. Schnepf – Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful When arriving on an accident or disaster scene where there are people with multiple … Continued

“That’s one small step…….”

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind!” is the famous quote credited to astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped on to the moon, 49 years ago – July 20, … Continued