Elma, Iowa

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A Great Place to Visit... A Better Place to Live

The little town that could... The community of Elma is a community of re-birth and endless growth. Through many catastrophes in its early days, the citizens of Elma, with their spirit of hometown pride, persevered and rebuilt the community at every turn. This hometown spirit and constant strive to make Elma the "best little bedroom community around" is still alive today . It is evident among the families who reside here, as well as in the businesses, organizations, and Mennonite cultures that dot our landscape. The people of Elma invite you visit this website to learn more about our affordable housing, new medical clinic (opening October 2020!) excellent Pre-school and early childhood center, recreational trail, community wellness center, museums, golf course, nursing home with assisted living facilities, many Mennonite greenhouses and shops as well as numerous other local businesses.

Read about other great things happening in Elma at the links below!

Watch for news early next year about Elma Trail Days returning July 9-10-11 in 2021; please mark it on your calendars!
-The Elma Trail Days Committee

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Water Warning Due to Cold Temperatures!

Water Warning Due to Cold Temperatures!


Until further notice!  By order of the City Maintenance Department, please leave your cold water running in a pencil sized stream in one of your interior faucets during this extremely cold spell to avoid your pipes potentially freezing/bursting.  If you contact the Elma City Clerk's office (641-393-2543) to advise them that you are doing this, they will adjust your water bill for the additional water usage.

Elma Community Complex Project

Exciting improvements ahead for Elma!

Elma Community Complex Project

Local medical services, increased day care capacity, and fully handicap accessible library adjacent to the day care and bus-stop are just a few of the ways the Elma area will benefit when the Elma Community Complex project is complete.  The ECC project involves all non-profit organizations and is being done in phases as funding allows.  The first phase involved the deconstruction of the former brick school building and was completed in the spring of 2020.   The second phase, building a medical clinic on Busti Avenue, is complete and Regional Health Services of Howard County will open the medical clinic in late 2020. The third phase will be re-purposing a portion of the gymnasium into a city clerk's office and  multipurpose community room, and bathroom renovations.  The fourth phase involves adding a larger infant room onto the existing day care and re-purposing the current infant room into a 3 year-old-preschool.  The fifth phase is renovating the remaining portion of the gym into a library and then wrap up the project with finishing the parking lot and landscaping.  To learn more, including ways to donate to the project click here :   E.C.C. Project

Website sponsored by The BRIDGE Organization, Inc.

BRIDGE: Building Relationships In the Development of a Greater Elma

Website sponsored by The BRIDGE Organization, Inc.

contact us online hereThis website is proudly sponsored by The BRIDGE Organization, Inc. to serve the Elma area. The mission of BRIDGE is dedicated to enhancing the social and economic development of the Elma area through innovative resources, programs and partnerships. Please read more about The BRIDGE Organization under the organizations category in the business menu tab above. You may contact The BRIDGE Organization by phone at 641-229-7063, by postal mail at P.O. Box 15, Elma IA 50628 or contact us online here. A BRIDGE project completed in 2016 upgraded this ElmaIa.com website to make it mobile ready for reading on smart phones, tablets or other mobile devices.  Additionally, this new website allows us to upload video clips to the site and to produce video clips of events, activities, sites and eventually aid our businesses in the creation of their own promotional videos as well.




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Regional Health Services of Howard County

235 8th Avenue, west in Cresco AND 600 Busti Avenue in Elma, IA,

 563-547-2101 OR 641-393-0058 in Elma


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