Partners in PRIDE - Iola CITF/PRIDE
The Iola Community Involvement Task Force/PRIDE (CITF/PRIDE) is proud to announce the completion of their Downtown Beautification project as of July 16th, 2014. A total of $3,313.37 was spent on the project, but they were also awarded $1500.00 from Kansas PRIDE through a Partners in Pride (PIP) grant. They hung 16 signs on the decorative light fixtures around their downtown square that had historical photo-graphs and facts about Iola. Then they continued the project by hanging historic sign plaques on historic buildings around the square. The information on these plaques includes the name of the original business housed there as well as the year the building was built.
Their project was a success and members of the group grew in their personal relationships as well as in their relationships with local businesses. This has since had an influence on local businesses and their desire to mind their store fronts. The historical plaques have also been a point of interest of those passing through the town, and a teaching tool for summer programs. They are very proud of this accomplishment and are very grateful to the PIP Grant Committee for helping make this all possible for the City of
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Building Better Communities
The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.
Kansas PRIDE is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work.
Through the PRIDE program, local communities identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers pull together to create their ideal community future.