Jasper County became a Hometown Pride Community in 2015 and is coached by Jeff Davidson. Jasper County has a population of 36,000 and is directly east of the Des Moines metropolitan area. Natural highlights of the county include Lake Mariposa and Rock Creek. The nine Hometown Pride communities in this county are located about 30 minutes from downtown Des Moines.
• Prairie City
Many people live in Jasper County Hometown Pride communities because of employment in the Des Moines metro but a desire to live in a small town. There are five well regarded public school districts in Jasper County, Baxter, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton Community, and Prairie City-Monroe. Jasper County is also an easy commute to employment centers in Grinnell, Marshalltown and Pella.
For 100 years Jasper County was arguably the center of the washing machine industry as headquarters of the Maytag Corporation in Newton. Following the closing of Maytag in 2007, Newton has emerged as a leader in the wind power industry. Trinity Structural Towers and TPI Composites (wind blades) now employ over 2000 in Newton, exceeding Maytag employment at the time of its closing and helping to stabilize the economy in Jasper County.
Keep Iowa Beautiful continues to support the continued mission of the program in Jasper County. To learn more about the successes of this program, view our 2017-2018 Annual Report.
Contact Jasper County Hometown Pride Community Coach