House Resolution 116 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 116 BY HEDDENS and WESSEL-KROESCHELL A Resolution honoring the sesquicentennial anniversary 1 of the city of Ames. 2 WHEREAS, 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the 3 platting and recording of the first 12 blocks of the 4 city of Ames; and 5 WHEREAS, from its humble beginnings on December 6 17, 1864, the city of Ames has changed and grown and 7 prospered; and 8 WHEREAS, the city of Ames provides its residents 9 with quality of life amenities second to none; and 10 WHEREAS, the city of Ames has received numerous 11 national awards and recognitions including being ranked 12 the United States city with the 3rd lowest unemployment 13 rate by Forbes in 2014, 32nd in the “Top 100 Most 14 Livable Cities in America” by in 2014, 15 15th nationally in the “Best Small Places for Business 16 and Careers” by Forbes in 2013, and one of the top 25 17 Best Places to Retire in 2013 by; and 18 WHEREAS, Ames High School is ranked 3rd within Iowa 19 by U.S. News & World Report; and 20 WHEREAS, the city of Ames is home to Iowa State 21 University, the largest university in the state, a 22 recognized national leader in science and technology, 23 and home to the Iowa State University Bioeconomy 24 Institute, a pioneer in developing new sources of 25 energy and other products from renewable sources; and 26 WHEREAS, C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, located on 27 the Iowa State University campus, has been named 28 -1- LSB 6178HH (4) 85 jr/rj 1/ 2
H.R. 116 Building of the Century by the American Institute of 1 Architects; and 2 WHEREAS, the city of Ames is also the home of 3 innovative companies focused on biotechnology, 4 cyber-innovation, agriculture, and health and wellness, 5 as well as the thriving Iowa State University Research 6 Park which supports the development of world-class 7 companies; and 8 WHEREAS, to acknowledge the sesquicentennial, the 9 Ames 150 celebration steering committee of dedicated 10 volunteers is planning celebratory events, public 11 education opportunities, and legacy projects for future 12 generations; and 13 WHEREAS, the year-long Ames 150 celebration began 14 with the first-ever public Chamber of Commerce annual 15 dinner in January and will continue with an expanded 16 Fourth of July festival and an autumn Dinkey Days 17 celebration; and 18 WHEREAS, the year will culminate with the Platting 19 Day festivities in December 2014; NOW THEREFORE, 20 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 21 the House of Representatives honors the city of Ames on 22 the occasion of its sesquicentennial anniversary and 23 invites all Iowans to participate in this year-long 24 celebration of the history of the city of Ames. 25 -2- LSB 6178HH (4) 85 jr/rj 2/ 2