Meet Our New Executive Director: Allissa Johnson

Photo credit: Kristin Imboden Photography

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by!

I’m Allissa [Hopkins] Johnson, the newly hired Executive Director for the Bricker-Price Block. Some locals may recognize my name. I was born and raised in Earlham, Iowa, and I’m a 2004 graduate of Earlham High School.

I decided to start this hereblog to keep folksmore informed about what’s going on at the Bricker-Price Block, some history on our charm and state-of-the-art facilities and provide some helpful tips on hosting events.

What is the Bricker-Price Block?

That’s a great question!

In the 1900’s it was host to general stores at the street level and offices on the second floor, but in 2016 it was completely restored to bring activity and vitality to downtown Earlham through a large event space upstairs and a restaurant, the Hare + the Hound downstairs. [More details on the history of the building and the restoration coming to the blog soon. Stay tuned!]

Photo credit: Kristin Imboden Photography

Our quaint corner space in the Earlham community is used today to boost local businesses and encourage social interactions. Whether you are looking for a place to learn something new or simply to be with friends and family, we have Team Trivia Nights, Wine Wednesdays, live music, cooking events, craft nights, the Bird’s Nest Teen Center…plus it’s theplace for weddings, baby showers, celebrations and gatherings!

Don’t just take my word for it though! Stop by [125 S. Chestnut Ave. Earlham, Iowa] and take a tour, or check out our calendar or Facebook page and attend one of our events! We can’t wait to see you at the Bricker-Price Block!

1,000 Friends of Iowa Announces 2018 Best Development Award Recipients

Celebrating Iowa’s ‘development heroes’ and recognizing smart growth principles across the state

Dec. 11, 2018 (Des Moines, Iowa) – 1000 Friends of Iowa proudly announces eight recipients of its Best Development Award for 2018. These recipients were chosen because they implement the efficient use of resources to develop sustainable communities and provide a high quality of life.

“These are our state’s ‘development heroes,'” according to Julia McGuire, Program Coordinator. The 2018 Best Development Award winners are listed below (category, recipient, project, city):

In the Innovative Leadership category, the City of Storm Lake for building a sustainable community through food, youth service and education, flood control, and stormwater management in Storm Lake

In the Placemaking/Greenspace category, Primary Health Care’s East Side Clinic for its Healing Garden in Des Moines

In the Renewable Energy category, Stuff Etc. for its unique “solar plus storage” technology in Coralville

In the Renovated Civic – Small Community category, the Bricker-Price Block for the restoration of the Bricker-Price Block in Earlham

In the Renovated Civic – Large Community, the Davenport Community School District for its J.B. Young Opportunity Center in Davenport

In the Renovated Residential category, Professional Property Management for Sun Prairie Apartments in West Des Moines

In the Stormwater Management category, the City of Algona for its Downtown Green Parking Lot Infrastructure Renewal in Algona

In the Transportation/Complete Streets category, the City of Manning for its Trails Network in Manning

“The nominations for 2018 were very diverse. The jurors really appreciated the number of renovations that were nominated. There are so many great developments occurring in our state,” stated Kari Carney, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Iowa. “Iowa should celebrate the communities where thoughtful planning is happening. Hopefully other communities can replicate the successes of our 2018 category winners.”

The Best Development Award winners are selected from a pool of nominations each year by an independent group of jurors. This year’s jurors were Pat Boddy, Sustainability Director at RDG Planning & Design; Jeff Geerts, Special Projects Manager with the Community Development Division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority; Jeff Hanson, Community Development Operations Manager of the City of Sioux City; Ulrike Passe, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University and Director of the Center for Building Energy Research, and Ryan Peterson, President of Impact7G.

The Best Development Awards Program recognizes projects in up to 12 different categories as a way for 1000 Friends of Iowa to express the fact that smart land use and sustainable communities are more than constructed buildings. All of the award recipients help advance sustainability across our state by considering site design, outdoor and indoor environmental impact, public use, and long-term benefits.

Founded in 1998, 1000 Friends of Iowa is the only organization in the state focused solely on promoting responsible land use in community, state, and federal development decisions. Its mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland and natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns and cities, and improve quality of life for future generations.