Conference helps communities see value of 'smart growth'

 
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Note: this article appeared in "the Point," a weekly news letter distributed to employees of Alliant Energy and its subsidaries.
Photos from the conference can be viewed at this link.
As one of Alliant Energy's subsidiary's, Heartland Properties, Inc. works with communities throughout the company's service territory to address housing needs by building new facilities or renovating existing historic structures. Through HPI, Alliant Energy has invested in more than 5,000 apartment homes for working families, older adults and people with special needs.
On July 14, HPI offered its expertise to approximately 130 mayors, city and housing officials from across Iowa during a special one-day workshop in Cedar Rapids. Co-sponsored by HPI, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, the workshop explained the basics of "heritage planning and adapting old buildings for new uses," according to Dean Baumgardner, vice president of HPI.
With a keynote speech by James Mann of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the workshop was "very well received," says Baumgardner. "The section on finance was of particular interest to the attendees. Most had no idea of the many kinds of financial aid available to their community to help preserve its architectural heritage."
"Our goal is to promote the 'smart growth' of the communities in Alliant Energy's service territory," continues Baumgardner. "With careful planning and management, communities can grow without losing their character."

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