Francis Boggus Hometown Pride CoachKeep Iowa Beautiful partnered with the mayors of Clinton County, East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), Clinton County Board of Supervisors and Clinton County Development Association (CCDA) in the successful five-year Hometown Pride program. The nine communities of Camanche, Clinton, Delmar, DeWitt, Grand Mound, Lost Nation, Low Moor, Welton and Wheatland will be active participants in the program.

The Hometown Pride program enhances the economic and cultural vitality of communities by supporting, facilitating and furthering the implementation of community and county plans in a coordinated strategy with the assistance of a community coach.

Francis Boggus was selected by the local steering committee as the Community Coach for Clinton County. Francis is a planning professional with more than 12 years as a board-based community specialist at the local, state and national level. He has experience in community development and engagement; grant writing and management; board development and training; community visioning, fundraising, project implementation; and heritage tourism development.

“Many Iowa communities need long-term help in building the future of their community,” said Francis. “I am excited to participate in a community effort where elected official are committed to the effort to enhance the appearances, cultural and economic vitality of their communities.”

“Keep Iowa Beautiful is excited to partner with the county, the mayors and the economic development group,” added Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful. “As a result, nine communities will have the potential to increase their cultural and economic vitality improving them as great places to live, work and raise a family.”

Keep Iowa Beautiful’s other Hometown Pride programs are in Dubuque, Fremont, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Louisa, Pocahontas and Sac Counties and three Des Moines Capitol neighborhoods. This includes 62 communities. Hometown Pride is funded by Keep Iowa Beautiful, through support from private donors, a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the counties and communities. Keep Iowa Beautiful is building strong communities with sustainable futures.