Free Grant Writing Workshop

On Saturday April 11th, 8 AM – noon, Hometown Pride committee members will be able to participate in a FREE workshop to write winning grants! The location of the seminar will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Wapello, 127 N Main St.

Thanks to Sherry Humphreys of the Louisa Development Group a grant was received from the Community Foundation of Louisa County (our thanks to them as well) to defray the cost of your participation. Space is limited, so if you want to take advantage of this opportunity that will serve you as part of the Hometown Pride program, as well as any other groups you represent – email Sherry TODAY to save your seat –

Regenia Bailey will be conducting the workshop. She is an organizational strategist, consultant, coach and former Mayor/City Councilmember of Iowa City. She has an MBA from the University of Iowa and in addition to her consulting work, she has taught business courses at Kirkwood Community College.

The drop-dead date to RSVP is April 9th, but don’t wait, you might miss out on this great opportunity – email Sherry today!

submitted by Doug Elam, Louisa County Hometown Pride

Farmers Market seeking vendors

If you like to garden, bake, cook or craft you should be part of the Columbus Junction Farmers Market! The market is held Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 on the wonderfully comfortable patio of the Youth Center at the Louisa County Fairgrounds. Opening day will be May 8. The market will run 23 weeks and close on October 9 with the annual Chili Taste Off. We are seeking season-long vendors and offer a discounted 23-week fee that shows our appreciation. Occasional and crop or product specific vendors are also welcome. The weekly fee is only $3 so come on down with your asparagus, berries, or apples when they start piling up. Local non-profits are encouraged to hold fund raisers in conjunction with the market. Download the 2015 FM Rules  and FM registration 2015

Spring Rental Inspections

We will start sending notices for spring rental inspections which will be done in April and May. 2015 is the second round of inspections and all units will be included. Rentals with no violations of the rental code will be put on a three year rotation.