Annual Conference

Keep Iowa Beautiful 11th Annual Conference - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Iowa Central Community College
Bioscience and Health Science Building - Fort Dodge, Iowa

Register Now Online! Save $10 if you register on or before April 15.

Click here to register online or download and mail in the registration form below. 2015 Conference Registration Form 2015 Conference Registration Form (30 KB)

Registration Fees (includes lunch, breaks and conference materials).

Early registration (on or before April 15) is $20 for KIB members and Hometown Pride committee members; $35 for non-members; and $10 for students.  All registrations after April 15 are $50. 

Hometown Pride members, please contact your community coach for discounted tickets. 

For additional information, contact Gerry Schnepf:

Schedule of events below or click to download the full program: 2015 Annual Conference Program 2015 Annual Conference Program (1626 KB)

Featured speakers will be Bill McAnally and Michael C. Van Milligen



Registration, Coffee and Rolls


Karl King

"New Frontiers"


Matt Bemrich, Fort Dodge Mayor

Introductions and Opening Comments


Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College

Introductions and Opening Comments


Morning Keynote Speaker: Bill McAnally

"Old Buildings - New Frontiers!"


Break and Refreshments


Panel Discussion

"Planting the Seeds of Change"


Joe McNally, Iowa Arboretum

"Plants that Work and Don't Work"


Yvonne McCormick, ISU Extension

"Rules for an Effective Landscape"


Adam Hammes

"Garden in Every School"


Panel Discussion

"Tools for your new frontier"


Doug Vogel

"Painting Iowa Beautiful"


Yo Ho Tools

"Getting Your Hands Dirty"

11:00-NOON Mark Masteller "IDOT Roadside Beautification Opportunities"


Lunch in Cafeteria


Panel Discussion

"Bag it, sit on it"


Michelle Hurd

"Iowa Grocery Industry Association"


Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls

"Converting a problem into an asset"


Alex Moon

"DNR reflection on new frontiers"

2:00-2:45PM Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Michael C. Van Milligen "Sustainable Dubuque"
 2:45-3:00PM Wrap-up and Thanks  "Fruit for Thought and the Road"

Thank you to our sponsors:

Casey’s General Store
Iowa DNR
Diamond Vogel Pain
Capital Sanitary Supply
Impact Seven G
Iowa Central Community College
Keep Boone County Beautiful / Boone County Landfill
Pioneer Communications / The Iowan Magazine
Fort Dodge Community Foundation
IADG Community Foundation
Trees Forever
Pride in Community Appearance (PICA)

Keynote Speakers:

Bill McAnally

Bill McAnally has over 40 years in the construction industry. As a new home and light commercial building contractor and carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College, his focus has always been on energy-efficient and healthy building methods. 

Bill later became the Department Chair of Industrial Technology. During his tenure he led the construction of 15 residence halls, numerous new homes, and partnered with area organizations to build community projects. He was named the top community college instructor in Iowa in 2001 by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.

Now a consultant on sustainable building projects, Bill shares his expertise on energy efficient building methods with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s “Green Streets” projects statewide.

Michael Van Milligen

Michael C. Van Milligen has served as City Manager for the City of Dubuque since January of 1993. Van Milligen served as the assistant village manager for the Village of Skokie, Ill., from May 1987 to January 1993. 

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Fire Science Management and Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, where he earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs. Additionally, he completed the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, described as “The Essence of an MBA.” He also completed the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar. 

Mike has been instrumental in the turn-around of Dubuque and earned a multitude of related awards as an outstanding manager and public service innovator in public administration. Dubuque has become a model for community sustainability that is supported by a creative strategy for the future that is clearly paying off.

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