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About Engage Keo

We are a volunteer organization that seeks to support the Keosauqua community with it's mission to educate, inspire and create.


To support the community of Keosauqua, achieve economic and population growth through cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects through maximum community engagement.


Engage Keosauqua accomplishes meaningful community growth that makes Keosauqua the premier southeast Iowa destination to live, work and play.

Core Values

  • Sustainable Growth

  • Leadership Development and Empowerment

  • Collaboration

  • Community Engagement

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Arts Culture

  • Aesthetic Nature of our Geography

  • Community Institutions

Recent Projects & Events


Rolling on the River

summer concert series

Fall Festival

rural housing readiness assessment

grant writing assistance - twombly museum & 2nd story housing

Pillars of the community

Members of Engage Keosauqua are a dedicated group of champions committed to empowered and engaged leadership for their community through their volunteer service. They recognize that in order to foster a thriving and solution-oriented community that remains appealing and resilient, we must adopt a forward-thinking approach, addressing both present-day challenges in Keosauqua and anticipating the needs of future generations. Furthermore, they are prepared to adapt and evolve in response to the ever-changing dynamics of our world.

We are committed to the following:

  • Building a solid vision, organizational foundation and planning basis for conducting business,

  • Retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses, small and large,

  • Developing solutions for housing development and rehabilitation,

  • Conducting promotions, celebrating special/seasonal events, and encouraging tourism, and 

  • Implementing beautification and design improvements throughout the community


How to get involved

Sponsor Engage
Promote with us

2023 Engage Keosauqua, Inc. Board of Directors


Joy Padget:  Hotel Manning, Keosauqua Rotary

Vice President

Melissa Mahon:  Keosauqua Mayor, Bloomfield Anesthesia, Pure Vida IV Therapy



Carroll Michalek:  Artist, Van Buren County Trails Association, Inc.


Brian Bartholomew:  Hill Phoenix

Kim Steele-Blair:  Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing Studio and Natural Farm, Pathfinders RC&D Board

Rick Michalek:  Oldfield Aero Services, Keosauqua Airport, Hotel Manning Preservation Group

Lynn Manning:  Van Buren County Arts Council, Van Buren County Trails Association, Inc.

Chris McEntee:  Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua Light and Power Board, Hotel Manning Preservation Board 

Susan Wasko:  Wasko Hardware, Keosauqua Rotary

Tom Allen:  Keosauqua Lions Club, Van Buren Community Players, Villages Folk School

Jeanette Goehring:  Jeanette’s Floral and Decor

Tim Blair:  Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing Studio and Natural Farm, Hotel Manning Preservation Group Board

Ashley Moyer:  Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics, Empower Rural Iowa

Kelly Hagge:  Ryan Companies US, Inc. 

Julie Chapius:  Van Buren County High School, Keosauqua Lumber

Amber Stump:  Libertyville Savings Bank, Hotel Manning Preservation Group Board, Fairfield Habitat for Humanity

Drew Johnson:  Libertyville Savings Bank

How may we help you?

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