Warren County Hometown Pride Program Launches


Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has partnered with the mayors of Warren County, Warren County Board of Supervisors and Warren County Economic Development Corporation in the successful five-year Hometown Pride program. The 10 communities of Carlisle, Cumming, Hartford, Indianola, Lacona, Martensdale, Milo, New Virginia, Norwalk and St. Marys will be active participants in the program.

The Hometown Pride program enhances the economic and cultural vitality of communities by supporting, facilitating and furthering the implementation of community and county plans in a coordinated strategy with the assistance of a community coach. Lorin Ditzler has been selected by the local steering committee to serve as the Community Coach for Warren County. Lorin brings over a decade of experience in community development and a passion for small-town Iowa to her role as the Warren County Hometown Pride Community Coach. She previously worked as a city planning consultant for communities throughout the Midwest, and supported small businesses working and volunteering for multiple Chambers of Commerce. She holds an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She is an AICP certified city planner and a trained facilitator.

“The communities of Warren County are coming together to take the next step in building the future of their hometowns,” said Ditzler. “I’m excited to learn more about the hopes and goals of Warren County residents, and to help put those goals into action.”

“We are pleased to partner with Keep Iowa Beautiful to help our communities grow and thrive.” said Rachel Gocken, Executive Director of Warren County Economic Development. “Lorin’s expertise will be invaluable for creating an even stronger sense of pride, and we are eager to see the positive impacts this program will have in our county over the next five years.”

“Keep Iowa Beautiful is excited to partner with the county, the mayors and the economic development group,” added Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB. “As a result, 10 communities will have the potential to increase their cultural and economic vitality improving them as great places to live, work and raise a family.”

The Warren County Hometown Pride steering committee, made up of representatives of the participating communities, will be recruiting community members to help direct the Hometown Pride program efforts in each town. Individuals in Warren County who are interested in contributing to the future success of their hometown should contact the Community Coach, Lorin Ditzler at Lorin@warrencountyhometown.com or 515-442-0723 about how to get involved in the Hometown Pride program.

KIB’s other Hometown Pride programs are in Clinton, Dubuque, Fremont, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Louisa, Pocahontas and Sac Counties and three Des Moines Capitol neighborhoods. This includes 68 communities and 3 neighborhoods. Hometown Pride is funded by Keep Iowa Beautiful, through support from private donors, a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the counties and communities. KIB is building strong communities with sustainable futures.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. KIB is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the economic vitality and cultural health of Iowa. KIB is helping build stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. Please check out their web page at www.keepiowabeautiful.com