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Old 11-11-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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The wife might be getting a professor position at Grinnell College in the fall of 2011. We currently live in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Although I've driven through Iowa many times heading out to points west on I-80 but I'm not at all familiar with this area. What are the best places to live if we also wanted to buy a home with a few acres of land for some hobby farming and horses?
What's the real estate and climate/weather like there.
Is it a good area to raise a young child? Are the schools good?
Anyone please describe to me what this college town is like.
Thanks!!!
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Hi! I'm a third-year at Grinnell College, studying Economics, and I am an
intern with Poweshiek Iowa Development, an organization that promotes
Economic Development in the town of Grinnell and the county. Our group in
conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and several other non-profits have
pulled together to really stimulate and beautify the downtown area and the
rest of the city. We have new recreation trails and a large variety of great
restaurants. There is new industrial development occurring and several
business start-up and expansions. The people are friendly, and the
community is a perfect one for a young child to grow up. There are a number
of beautiful parks and even a brand new water park and library. Not to
mention, our schools are absolutely wonderful. All of these things help
explain why Grinnell was named one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America"
by Budget Travel Magazine as well as Norm Crampton's Nationwide Guide to the
Best in Small Town Living. Feel free to contact Deb Collum-Calderwood,
Executive Director of Poweshiek Iowa Development at [email]deb@powi80.com[/email] or
641-236-1626 or Angela Harrington, Executive Director of the Grinnell
Chamber of Commerce at [email]exec@grinnellchamber.org[/email] or 641-236-6555. Any of the
following websites might be helpful in your quest to learn more about us:

[url=http://www.iowa.gov]Iowa.gov – The Official Website of the State of Iowa[/url] State of Iowa

[url=http://www.powi80.com]Poweshiek Iowa Development = Pow I-80[/url] Poweshiek Iowa Development

[url=http://www.grinnellchamber.org]Welcome to the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce[/url] Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce

[url=http://www.poweshiekmls.com]Poweshiek County, Iowa Real Estate and REALTORS®[/url] (homes for sale in Poweshiek county)

[url=http://www.seeiowahomes.com]Iowa Real Estate and Homes for Sale from Iowa REALTORS®[/url] (homes for sale in Iowa)
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