Love Where You Live

A healthy balance of infrastructure, aesthetics and amenities converge to create the concept of placemaking. The Foundation invested more than $11 million in this portfolio in 2019. The results? A more robust arts scene - check. Multi-faceted recreation opportunities - check. High quality streetscape - check. Stronger communities - check. The list goes on and the commitment continues.

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The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center would not be possible without the Iowa West Foundation and the support PACE has received as an IWF initiative. The IWF team has been critical to the execution of the arts center project, leading the fundraising, construction and everything in between. Because of IWF’s vision, guidance, and support, Pottawattamie County has a first-class arts and culture center that can be the hub for all things artistic, cultural and entertaining.

On behalf of the PACE Board of Directors and the residents of Pottawattamie County, we thank IWF for helping make PACE and the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center a reality.

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Danna Kehm

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment

$2 million in Foundation funding in 2019 rounded out a $9 million total lead gift -one of the largest in Foundation history -for the Pottawattamie, Arts, Culture and Entertainment initiative. The future of PACE will forever be a legacy of the transformational impact of the Iowa West Foundation.


City of Council Bluffs

The $1.7 million awarded by the Foundation toward the aesthetic improvements of the West Broadway Reconstruction Project in 2019 also rounds out a $9 million overall gift to a transformational initiative. The project is one of the most significant investments in the Foundation's history.

West Broadway Reconstruction

Pottawattamie County

Our impact outside the city limits of Council Bluffs is just as important to us. The IWF-funded CITIES program (comprised of all the rural communities in Pottawattamie County) received nearly $100,000 from the Foundation in 2019 to continue to rejuvenate several small towns. These funds are often used for significant infrastructure upgrades and beautification efforts that invoke a renewed sense of pride.



Attractive, affordable housing continues to be a focus for the Foundation. A multitude of grants awarded in 2019 were utilized to support rental housing in Carter Lake ($14,500), senior housing in Neola ($200,000) and neighborhood housing in Council Bluffs ($25,000).


Recreational opportunities are a key ingredient to the recipe that determines where families want to live. In 2019, the Foundation awarded $600,000 toward the completion of pickleball courts within the Iowa West Field House. The fastest growing sport in the country now has one of the best facilities in the country in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs Area Pickleball Club