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    Friday, December 30, 2016
    Lee County Recognized for Renewable Energy Investment
    2016 Best Development Awards
    Five independent jurors from across the state selected projects that implement the efficient use of resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life. Two of the nine winners for 2016 are in Lee County. Steffenmeier Welding & Manfuacturing won in the Renewable Energy category for their instilation of their 1,428 (300 watt) solar panels and Todd Schneider in the Renovated Residential category for his work on converting the Fort Madison Middle School into modern appartments.   

    The 2016 Best Development Award winners are listed below (category, winner, project, city):

    In the Renovated Residential category, Todd Schneider for the School House Apartments in Fort Madison
    In the New Commercial category, Hope Haven Area Development Center Corporation for the Hopefully Yours Thrift and Gift Shop in Burlington
    In the Renovated Commercial category, Blackbird Investments for the Market One Building in Des Moines
    In the Renovated Civic category, Angelo Architects for the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset
    In the Mixed Use category, Indigo Dawn for the Green & Main project in Des Moines
    In the Innovative Leadership category, Johnson County for its Solar Array and Soil Quality Restoration at Johnson County Administration Building in Iowa City
    In the Renewable Energy category, Steffensmeier Welding and Manufacturing for its Solar Field in Pilot Grove
    In the Stormwater: Civic category, the City of Storm Lake for its North Central Stormwater Project in Storm Lake
    In the Stormwater: Private category, Cherry Glen Learning Farm, for its Designed Watershed Mitigation in Polk City
    In the Urban Placemaking category, The Alley KADTS for The Alley in Oskaloosa

    1000 Friends of Iowa, founded in 1998, is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on land use education. Our mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland & natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns & cities and improve quality of life for future generations.
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