City Recognition & Awards

City Clerk of the Year 2008
City Clerk/Administrator, Deanna Dement, was selected by the Iowa Rural Water Association as City Clerk of the Year.  Dee was nominated by her co-worker, Deputy City Clerk, Liz Jaster.

Tree City USA Award
This award has been earned each year since 1997.

Recognition for Wastewater Systems
Strawberry Point received recognition for our Wastewater system in 2008. View information about our Grand Place award!

Community Economic Preparedness Program Award
Strawberry Point received re-certification recognition from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for successful completion of the Community Economic Preparedness Program (CEPP).

The Industrial Re-certification objectives include: enhancement of community spirit, preserving existing business, and public recognition for "extra" effort in preparation for economic development and promotion. The data for re-certification updates the Iowa Department of Economic Development regarding the community's marketable assets.

The Department supplies this information to business prospects seeking Iowa locations.
The re-certification plaque can be seen in the Strawberry Point Development Center's office. Anyone with questions or comments are invited to visit the Development Center.

Clayton County Development Group First Impression Review

The Clayton County Development Group hosted the Brownfield Assessment and First Impression for the communities in the county. The Clayton County Tourism Action team partnered to conduct the visits. A team of three (3) toured Strawberry Point. This gave a fresh eye approach for the tour. Below is what the visitors referenced about Strawberry Point:

1) Strawberry Point Website:
Easy to maneuver, very informative, and up to-date information. Good photo's and shows community pride.
2) Downtown Signage:
It was was to find the downtown, great icon in Big Strawberry. Sidewalk and lighting looks food. Nice signs to city parks.
3) Parking:
It was easy to access the businesses, parking was adequate. Handicap signage visible.
4) Businesses:
Very nice welcome signs at the entrances of town. Friendly and helpful business owners.
5) Community:
The team noticed the community takes pride with flowers, benches & banners that welcome guests. Branding the community as the largest Strawberry brings visitors. Attractive city park and ball diamond.

The visiting team to Strawberry Point enjoyed the atmosphere, friendly & polite residents and business owners, they felt welcomed and safe visiting the community.

With fresh eyes viewing your community they shared ideas during the tours, for your consideration. The question to them was, "What would improve on in the community?"

Below were a few things mentioned by the visiting team.
1) A few empty or abandoned buildings may need some re-purposing.
2) Some of the streets could repair or sidewalks.
3) A few street signs looked faded.
4) Incorporating community branding into window displays.

The First Impression is Everlasting:
The visiting team enjoyed spending the day touring and having lunch in Strawberry Point.

The First Impression of Strawberry Point by the visiting team was "favorable."