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How A Tiny Iowa Town Is Embracing Energy Independence

How A Tiny Iowa Town Is Embracing Energy Independence

Bloomfield, in southeast Iowa, has a population of just 2,640. “We are a small, rural town that has kind of stagnated over the years,” says Chris Ball, director of Bloomfield Main Street, a public-private partnership for civic improvement. How does a single streetscape project turn into a community-wide energy independence effort? Today, they are well embarked on a path to be an energy-independent community, but they started with far smaller ambitions. “We were looking at doing a streetscape project,” says Carol Ann Taylor, city clerk and treasurer of the City of Bloomfield, “and one thing kind of led to another.”

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