Our leaders have done an outstanding job recruiting new businesses , but we need to ensure we are putting out the welcome mat for new residents as well. Altoona is a great place not only for businesses to call home, but for families and young professionals. We must be planning and recruiting not only for AltoonaNow but for the Altoona of the future.
There are exciting things happening all around our city, and critical growth decisions being made each and every day. It’s imperative that we explore new ways to increase communication and engagement between residents and their city services.
Altoona has a special culture and community atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the metro. Almost everyone that calls Altoona home has a story about what brought them here and/or why they’ve stayed for so long. As we continue significant growth and development we must preserve the culture and unique characteristics that make Altoona the exceptional place that we all know it is.
Raised on a diversified family farm in eastern Iowa, it was the small-town charm that initially drew Elizabeth to Altoona. She has been an active resident and homeowner in the community for the past five years. During that time, she’s dedicated herself to supporting a variety of initiatives, including the Altoona 150 Celebration, Altoona Chamber, Altoona Area Young Professionals, Altoona Kid’s Café, Southeast Polk Ag Advisory Committee, Altoona Lions Club, and the Ss. John & Paul Young Adults Group.
In addition to her service within the community, Elizabeth holds leadership roles within the ISU Alumni Association Young Alumni Council, American Agricultural Law Association, and Young Professional in Agriculture. Earlier this year Elizabeth was recognized on the AgGrad “30 Under 30 in Agriculture” list and was named the 2019 Emerging Leader Award winner by Iowa State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
As an Iowa farm girl, it was Elizabeth’s passion for agriculture that led her to Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business & International Agriculture. Elizabeth also holds a Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School, specializing in agricultural law and policy, and is a licensed attorney with the State of Iowa. Throughout her professional career she has specialized in helping rural Iowa and small businesses sustain their voice in the political process.
Outside of her professional and community commitments, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, gardening, and the occasional Pinterest project.
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