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Mt. Rushmore with Danielle Rogers, City of Newton, IA

Posted on November 27, 2017

It’s Mount Rushmore season for ELGL members. We’re asking for your top four list on a variety of topics.

Danielle Rogers

Community Marketing Manager, City of Newton, Iowa

Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter

Issues Facing Newton

  • Executive, market rate and workforce rental housing.
  • Improving external communication as the way residents get information continues to change.
  • Innovative ways to help supplement city funding on projects.
  • Succession playing for leadership in government and non-profits as well as businesses; attracting young professionals and young families to get involved in every aspect of our community.

Iowa Attractions

  • Iowa Speedway; The Fastest Short Track on the Planet hosts three race weekends including NASCAR XFINITY races and Verizon IndyCar races.
  • Maytag Dairy Farms; home of the world-famous Maytag Blue cheese.
  • Valle Drive-in; one of four drive-in theaters in Iowa still in operation and is also the oldest (it opening in 1948).
  • Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens; managed by the non-profit Project AWAKE, the gardens offer a serene place to enjoy the great outdoors while surrounded by plants, trees, water features, community art and a nature center.

Gift Ideas

  • Books
  • Warm socks
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee

Dinner Guests

  • Anthony Mason
  • Dan Rather
  • Norah O’Donnell (Can you tell I’m a journalism major and news junkie?)
  • Peter Sagal


  • Spiders
  • Elevators
  • Clowns
  • Mascots
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