The path forward: Iola’s Community Conversation looks at systemic issues with housing, labor

Thrive Allen County hosted a Community Conversation that highlighted some of the challenges facing the Iola area, such as a lack of adequate housing, issues facing vulnerable populations and a depleted workforce.

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June 8, 2022 - 3:24 PM

April Jackson with Thrive Allen County speaks at Monday’s Community Conversation. To her left is Summer Boren with Thrive; to her right is Iola City Councilman Nich Lohman. Photo by Susan Lynn

It was a night of ideas, big and small, envisioning what Iola could do to become a better and more inviting place to live.  

More than 50 people gathered Monday evening for Thrive Allen County’s Community Conversation, a format aimed to give the 15-year-old local nonprofit guidelines as to where to direct its efforts. 

The people who live and work in Allen County are the source of Thrive’s inspiration, said Lisse Regehr, Thrive CEO. 

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