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Rick Murphy

Joanne Roepke Bode

Jacob Tjaden

Nick Diers

Julie Murphy

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Connie Ludwig

Tyler Gibney

Vicki Mallory

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Design Workshop on June 8

Carnegie Lawn, corner of Dodge and Nebraska Street in Algona

Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas for improving Algona at a design workshop hosted by the Algona visioning committee at the Carnegie Lawn in downtown Algona (on the corner of Dodge and Nebraska Street) on Wednesday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. This workshop is the culmination of an input-gathering process to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in Algona. Information collected at public input gathering events conducted earlier this spring will be incorporated into a conceptual transportation and landscape enhancement plan.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever.


Focus groups identify community needs and opportunities

On February 26 Algona residents participated in a focus group workshop as part of the Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. The focus groups are part of an input-gathering process underway to identify transportation needs and opportunities in Algona.

During the focus groups, participants identified places on a map where traveling around the community is difficult, as well as areas that are considered assets. After reviewing the maps, participants identified three locations in Algona that best reflect the transportation assets and barriers discussed. Following the sessions, these locations were photographed by Iowa State University student interns.

The results of these sessions are being compiled and will be shared once they are completed. Information from the community survey that was mailed out will also be included in the report.

The next step in the process will be a goal-setting meeting later this spring. During this meeting, the Algona Visioning Committee will review the information they have gathered and identify priorities for the transportation enhancement plan for Algona.

“This was a key step in our planning process, and we appreciate everyone who took the time to fill out the survey or attend a focus group,” said Joanne Roepke Bode, member of the Community Visioning steering committee. “We had excellent participation and look forward to the next step in the process.”

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever. To learn more visit


Focus groups planned for Feb. 26

Algona is participating in a Community Visioning process with several partners (ISU, Trees Forever, private landscape architects, etc.) to develop a community transportation enhancement plan.  Keep in mind transportation means more than simply car and truck traffic.  Walking, biking, jogging, golf carting, etc. are all forms of transportation.

While we have a local steering committee, this Community Visioning process needs input from invited members of the community.  To gather local input from the larger community, virtual focus groups are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Algona Public Library, 210 N. Phillips St. Algona IA

  1. Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m.          Mobility Impaired
  2. Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m.           Older Adults
  3. Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.           Parents
  4. Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.          Active Recreationists


Having local input is important to our steering committee because:

  • We value feedback from all community members and try to get as many perspectives as possible
  • Developing this transportation enhancement plan will take a community wide effort
  • We don’t have all the answers but would like to address as many transportation obstacles or barriers as possible


How can you assist and why?

  • In order to make this plan useful to the entire community we need input from the entire community. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard.
  • Participating in a focus group is perhaps the highest form of community pride; it shows that you care about your community, how it looks, and how it can be improved.
  • The process is fun! A small group setting is perfect to share ideas and highlight obstacles.