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Washington: All-Star City

By David Hotle | Aug 03, 2017
Auditorium committee co-chairs Jan Gallagher and Bob Youngquist show the newly opened Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center during the debut performance in October 2016.


During her time to speak at the end of the Washington City Council meeting Tuesday, council member Millie Youngquist was excited to report Washington had been named a 2017 All-Star community by the Iowa League of Cities. The reasons cited for the honor included the Washington Area Performing Arts and Event Center and the partnerships between the city and school district to improve the streets around the high school.

The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious award given by the League to cities. Entries are judged by a panel of former city officials and others familiar with municipal government. Judges determine the winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative efforts or quality of life improvements. Washington was one of three cities out of Iowa’s 945 cities to be honored. The other two winners this year are Center Point and Marion.

“I’m honored to hear that the City of Washington and the auditorium committee have received this recognition,” Bob Youngquist, auditorium committee co-chair, said. “It has been wonderful to see this new facility begin to serve our city. The Performing Arts Center is one of a growing list of attractions that has begun to draw new visitors to our community!”

The city will receive the award during the annual Iowa League of Cities banquet on Sept. 28 in Davenport.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson complimented the committee for their work putting the project together. The first show at the completed auditorium was held in October 2016. For the project to be done, the committee had to secure funding from several sources, including a bond referendum, a Washington County Riverboat Foundation Grant, a Vision Iowa grant and grants from several private donors.

Another factor in the win is the joint city/school streets project around the high school, including the Sitler Drive expansion and the West Buchanan paving that will link Highway 1 to the high school and the south side of town.

Hinson said Mayor Sandra Johnson had put together the application and submitted it to the League.

“She really took the ball and ran with it,” Hinson said. “This was all her on the application and she did a great job putting it together and obviously it resonated with the committee looking at it.”

Johnson could not be reached for comment this morning.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 06, 2017 19:20

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