It's Refreshing! | Testimonials | Photos | Refresh Manning Trust
The "It's Refreshing" tagline throws a few people for a loop when they first hear it. Great tagline for a soda or a lake, but a town? After a little thought, though, most people can think of lots of things, people, and special places in Manning that make Manning refreshing....
Manning Brand Statement
We are Manning, Iowa and we are a proud progressive community.
From the cultivated rows of local agriculture to our brick-lined Main Street, we have a deep-rooted history of thinking ahead, stepping up to the plate, and getting things done…together. And that is refreshing.
Manning is a West Central Iowa community whose residents care for one another and welcome newcomers…it is a natural part of our DNA. Manning is not only something to see, but something to live…to breathe…to experience. Whether watching our Wolves compete, shopping at our locally-owned businesses, worshipping freely together, or coming together to support friends in need, Manning is a true community…where neighbors are family and a handshake is a promise…this is our way of life. And that is refreshing.
Manning is proud of our heritage...and of the people it has forged us to become. We are humble, with a considerable vision and the stubborn determination to accomplish what we set our minds to…whether supporting a new, modern, community-owned hospital or the transplant of a 400-year-old Hausbarn from a world away. This heritage thrives yet today in a 24-hour recreation center, lush community parks, a vibrant downtown, exceptional commercial expansion potential, and through the young families moving back to fill our neighborhoods. Manning is a terrific place to call home with a unique vision and innovative way of thinking. And that is refreshing.
We invite you to be our guest…visit…come live...and you'll see why we say, “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”
The Branding of Manning
In 2010, representatives from Main Street Manning (MSM), the City and the Chamber decided to revamp the outdated Manning website. Brainstorming sessions revealed that, other than its German heritage, Manning had no obvious theme or focal point to highlight, and being German is hardly unique to west central Iowa. Even though the benefits of developing a “brand” were unclear, the group determined to move forward and an MSM branding committee was formed. This committee tasked itself with 1) developing a brand, 2) developing a website, 3) integrating the brand into the website, and 4) marketing/promoting the brand.
Even with $9000 of local funds in hand, finding an affordable branding and website developer proved difficult. Main Street Iowa (MSI) stepped forward with an offer to assist with professional branding services and the committee gratefully accepted.
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Refresh Manning Trust Fund
The Refresh Manning Trust fund was started in 2014 and is designed to be a perpetual fund. Anyone can invest in Manning's future by making a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, corn/soybeans, or real estate. The fund then grants monies annually for charitable purposes within the Manning city limits. The Refresh Manning Trust Fund follows Endow Iowa guidelines. As a result, the donor is afforded a significant Iowa state tax credit and federal tax deduction. For more information on how to donate or how to request grant funds for your organization, click here.
Manning It's Refreshing Pictures!!!
The above are just a sampling of some of the pictures that show why Manning is refreshing. For more photos, visit our PHOTOS page.
Of course Manning people love the community, but what do other's say?
"It’s not anywhere you’re likely to go but what a reward for those who make the effort!"
"Whether its dealing with local merchants instead of cold chains, hearing your name in the grocery aisle or at the local welder or not living as an anonymous drone in the cookie-cutter suburbs of larger cities, life in Manning, in ways large and small, is just, well, refreshing…" --Doug Burns, Carroll Daily Times Herald
“There has always been something special about Manning and its residents,”
--Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa