The 712 Initiative has some amazing board members that help our organization run smoothly. We’d like to introduce you to some of the people who’s contributions and insights help make our nonprofit what it is today. Each board member has a unique perspective to bring to our nonprofit and we’re so grateful for their service.

Kelly Carman

Day job: Low Voltage Security Director at HDR

How long have you been involved with The 712 Initiative? 
Right around 10 years.

What drew you to joining The 712 Initiative board? 
I’ve been a part of the Council Bluffs community since 1987 and I wanted to give back.  The 712 Infinitive is community based and has been influential in developing projects for Councils Bluffs that make a difference.

What is your favorite thing The 712 Initiative does? 
There is so much that 712 does, it is hard to pick just one.  With my engineering background, I enjoy the different commercial and residential projects in which the 712 is involved.

How do you think The 712 Initiative’s work adds to the community? 
The 712 Initiative is instrumental to this community in so many ways. The Farmers Market, shoe drives, biking events and encouraging block parties are just a few examples that bring people together.  The 712 Initiative projects are instrumental to the 100 block and beyond.  Mixed use facilities on the 100 block provided a facelift to the area, provided affordable housing and great places to eat and socialize.  The city continues to benefit with additional tax revenue from the 712 Initiatives projects which are used to further improve our community.

What do you love about Council Bluffs?
Our family enjoys the small town feel.  So many people in this community are willing to share and to help one another.