Danielle Rogers is the Community Marketing Manager for the City of Newton. She is an active volunteer throughout Central Iowa and in Newton. Danielle is currently serving on the board for United Way of Jasper County, Jasper County Crime Stoppers and is a member of the Drake University Central Iowa Regional Alumni Board. She has volunteered on the Newton Community School District Bond Referendum Committee and as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also a member of Young Professionals of Jasper County and Young Professionals Connection.
What do you think people should “get to know” about Newton?
I think that people should get to know the people who live in Newton and are striving every day to make this community a better place to live, work and play. Relationships are key to the success of any community so being brave and introducing yourself to others is key to moving Newton forward.
Why did you choose to live in Newton?
I choose to live in Newton because this community has become home. Newton gives me the opportunity to get involved and make a difference. I was able to purchase my first home and put roots down. I grew up in a similar sized town back in Minnesota so it feels like home. My love of Des Moines (having attended Drake and lived in Des Moines for almost 10 years) is strong and I visit often. But it was never home. Newton is home.
How is Newton preparing for the future?
Newton is doing great things to prepare for the future. There are many groups investing in economic development throughout the entire city. We are working to protect the rich and vibrant history of the community. There are also great incentives for bringing better housing and better opportunities to the community. We continue to market our community as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
One accomplishment that I’m proud of is being part of a group of citizens that helped start the Jasper County Crime Stoppers. I’ve wanted to be part of something to help our local law enforcement since I’ve moved to the community. It’s great to be part of a group that has made an impact so quickly within our community.
What is Newton’s best-kept secret?
I think the best-kept secret Newton has are the people who live here. We’re welcoming, involved and passionate about making Newton a better place.