Another year has come and gone and Main Street Manning continues to impress. We kicked off the year granting three organizations a total of $1,600 through the Refresh Manning Trust Fund. The funds were divvied up between the IKM-Manning School District ($750), the Manning Historic Preservation Commission ($750), and the Manning Wolves youth wrestling team ($100). Although the funds didn’t directly relate to Main Street Manning, we still take pride in celebrating and supporting all Manning organizations.
In April, Manning took home not only one, but three awards at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration. Jean Voege was awarded the “Leadership Award” for her “dedication to Main Street Revitalization by enhancing economic development in Manning and the State of Iowa”. The Market Place was awarded the “Best Interior Rehabilitation” award. Lastly, a “Superior Marketing Efforts” award was received for the city’s “It’s Refreshing” brand campaign, which was jointly awarded to the City of Manning, the Manning Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Manning. Congrats to everyone for their determination and success!
In July, we hosted entrepreneurs and businesspeople from throughout Africa. Their day in Manning included visits to the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, a tour of the German Hausbarn, lunch at Cliff’s Place, happy hour at Brick Haus Brews, a tour of the Muhlbauer Feedlot, a stop at The Market Place for coffee and shopping, and a bathroom break-turned workout at the Rec Center.
To cap off the year, “Imagine My Manning,” a visioning meeting to discuss what project or organization could benefit from a donation of $500, $5,000, $50,000 or $500,000, was held in November. What began as a simple discussion turned into an announcement of various donations to Manning projects totaling approximately $640,000! That just goes to show how dedicated the residents of Manning are to our community.
As a new resident of Manning and executive director for Main Street Manning, it has been my pleasure to get involved in the community and hear all of the wonderful compliments other Main Street communities and Main Street Iowa have to say about our community.
As we reflect on 2017, we continue to be grateful for you, Manning’s faithful residents, business owners and community leaders. Your continued dedication to revitalize our community and reverse the declining trends of rural Iowa are impressive.
As we look to 2018, we anticipate our long-standing events such as Kinderfest, Oktoberfest, Weihnachtsfest and more. We look forward to welcoming new faces, new businesses, and new amenities added to our community such as the Trestle Park, Trestle Park Trail, and the proposed Splash Pad at the Rec Center. Your support, leadership and involvement in the community is what makes our community thrive. Thank you for your continued support of Manning. Here’s to 2018!