Daniel R. Watters

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Daniel R. Watters

U.S. Bank

Laureate 2017

Any community can consider itself fortunate to have civic leaders with vision and a passion for bettering their community for everyone who resides and visits there.

Dan Watters is one of those community leaders who have spent years in efforts to improve Waterloo and the Cedar Valley for those who live here today and for many years to come.

Dan has been with US Bank for 27 years, currently as Central Division Head, with banks in parts of Iowa, southern Minnesota, central Illinois and southeast Wisconsin reporting to him. The growth of US Bank in this footprint has been constant, with Dan’s region annually ranking among the best in the nation.

Nominator Robert Petersen, president of Northland Oil and longtime friend, said: “Dan has a true passion for building something great from nothing. He surrounds himself with these same kinds of individuals and he’s always willing to push himself and others to the limits to achieve big goals. That goal has been to make this community a better place for us now and those who come after us.”

Individual career goals and achievements are only part of Dan’s story. Since its founding, he has served as president of the Waterloo Development Corporation (WDC), a group of citizens and business people interested in developing and redeveloping attractions and amenities in downtown Waterloo.

Those efforts have paid off immensely. For nearly 20 years, the Waterloo Development Corporation board of directors has envisioned, planned and acquired funding to create a modern and sustainable Riverfront District in Waterloo. It’s been a comprehensive, meticulous and successful approach to implementing long-term improvements and amenities in downtown Waterloo that add to the quality of life of virtually all residents of the city. Waterloo’s “Cedar Valley Riverfront Renaissance” downtown redevelopment plan has included a wide array of projects that address aesthetic improvements, business and economic development, downtown housing, recreation (both water and land) and areas that serve as social hubs.

Some highlights of these developments include: The Riverloop Amphitheatre and Riverwalk, The Phelps Youth Pavilion, Cedar Valley SportsPlex, Pavilion Housing, Hawkeye Community College Adult Learning Center, the renovation of the historic Hostess Wonderbread Bakery into SingleSpeed Brewery, and TechWorks campus.

Dan has been known to say, “You can’t sail today on yesterday’s winds,” epitomizing his long history of working toward the contunued betterment of the Waterloo and the Cedar Valley area. His leadership and legacy as a visionary ensures that through his tireless efforts numerous community projects will continue to benefit the Cedar Valley.

Dan and his wife, Alice, have two adult sons.

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