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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2011 EDIES Story 17 of 24: Taking Care of the Heart of Vining, Tama County’s Smallest Town

The smallest community in Tama County calls itself a family. Often to follow that up with a poverty joke on how the city’s income to manage city affairs is below that of the average American household. But it is a community with heart and a sense of humor. In 2011 they had a special “heart” transplant when their “Heart of the Bohemian Alps” roadside sign needed to be replanted. And when the modest city hall needed a new roof and shelving to protect the 130 years of public records, it was Mayor Dale Stout, Council Member George Bazal, and resident Fred Vore who donated labor in conjunction with a small $1,730 grant from Tama County Community Foundation to get the job doneRemind me – what are the EDIES.

HOW WE DID IT:
With a grant from the Tama County Community Foundation we were able to secure funds for material.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA:
City hall was in need of repair on the exterior.  We thought we should also do the interior as city hall is used for various meetings.  Also in renovation it was made handicap accessible.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE:
Finding labor to do the work.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT:
Once we started we just kept at it with the help of a few friends and neighbors.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:
With persistence and hard work you can overcome most obstacles.  Small communities with limited funds can appreciate organizations like community foundations to complete projects such as these.

WHAT IS NEXT:
Hopefully we can make some improvements in the park.

For more information on Vining, go to their website at www.tamacountyiowa.org/vining.

Photo by Midge Horton [2011 Vining mayor Dale Stout]

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