What’s happening along 1st Avenue in Council Bluffs, Iowa? City of Council Bluffs Communications Officer Ashley Kruse and Community Development Director Brandon Garrett explore the transformative project and share everything from the specific details to the big picture vision for the future. Starting with the history of 1st Avenue (a former rail line), we zoom in on the project, talk with the experts, hear from the stakeholders, and divulge plans for trails, transit, and redevelopment. Tune in to each episode to find out who’s “On FIRST” with Ashley and Brandon.
On First with Mike Helgerson
In this episode of On First, Brandon and Ashley talk with Mike Helgerson, Executive Director of Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) about First Ave.
On First with Dr. Warner
In this episode, Brandon and Ashley talk with local historian, Dr Richard Warner, about the good ole days along Lincoln Highway and West Broadway.
On First with Mike Wolf
In this episode of On First, Brandon and Ashley talk with Council Bluffs City Council Member, Mike Wolf about First Ave
On First with Kevin Belanger
In this episode of On First, Brandon and Ashley talk with Kevin Belanger from Rails to Trails. Did you know the First Ave trail will be part of the Great American Rail Trail?
On First with Haley Weber
Haley Weber is a Planner for the City of Council Bluffs Community Development Department. In this episode, Brandon and Ashley talk with Haley about the First Ave project.
Mini Episode: Groundbreaking Ceremony
This mini-episode takes place at the First Avenue Groundbreaking ceremony and features remarks from Brandon Garrett, Mayor Matt Walsh, and President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, Brenda Mainwaring.
I received a 20K college scholarship from Iowa West in 2001. I graduated college in 4 years. I still live in and love supporting my home town. My kids enjoy using The Field House. We fully endorse and appreciate what the Iowa West foundation has helped our family, as well as our city, achieve.