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Welcome from the Mayor

Welcome from the Mayor

Welcome to our city, and welcome to our community.

We invite you to visit us soon to enjoy what our community has to offer.

Significant economic development efforts by public entities and the private sector are yielding positive results in the community of Washington. Downtown revitalization efforts started in 2005 with the city upgrading utility services to businesses on the square and a streetscape with amenities in 2008 that are both functional and aesthetic. Public/private partnerships enabled construction of our new library and rehabilitation of the Central Park bandstand. Commercial building owners are investing in facades and upper-story reutilization. With a historic district application in the works, other buildings will soon follow suit, making the downtown an even more vibrant destination to shop and live.

Rejuvenation extends beyond the downtown. We’ve gained new enterprises in other commercial and industrial districts as well. The city is positioning itself for growth with a new sewer plant that became operational in 2012 and a new water tower in the planning stages. Ground has been acquired for a new industrial/business park, reconstruction of our airport’s crosswind runway, and for a Wellness Park. Our new high school opened in the fall of 2012, and upgrades of other school attendance centers are underway. Kirkwood Community College is expanding its capacity to serve the community with a larger campus opening 2014. We are well served by a new hospital and medical clinics.

These investments within the city do more than deliver services to consumers; they provide quality of life to our area residents. Where our city limits are identified by a line drawn on a map, there is no line that defines our community. The distinction of urban or rural is blurred as we come together to work, worship, learn, play and live.

Sandra Johnson
Mayor, City of Washington, IA

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