Manning welcomed Governor Reynold’s mentioning of our community in her Condition of the State address to the Legislature. Governor Reynold’s visits to Manning included recognizing the IKM-Manning FFA team and award-winning STEM program. We appreciate visits by Iowa’s Economic Development Director Debi Durham to examine economic development and tourism initiatives. Manning hopes to host Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg in the near future.
Governor Reynolds referred to Manning, along with three other communities, as “Iowans who dream big in these small places”. Indeed, Manning is one of the 780 communities in Iowa with a population 2000 or less. Manning is determined to “buck the trend” and reverse population decline of small rural communities….with some success. According to the 2015 American Community Survey, Manning’s population increased 58 people since 2010. No new homes had been built in Manning city limits since 2014. With data and stimulation from the Carroll County Housing Study, sponsored by the Carroll Area Development Corporation (CADC) and Carroll County, nine homes are currently under construction with five being within city limits.
Initiatives will continue. The IKM-Manning School District visited the Nebraska Innovation Center in Lincoln to learn innovative makerspace practices for use in their middle school program. Housing starts will continue to be encouraged. The City of Manning will be led by a new Comprehensive Plan. Main Street Manning hopes a new and exciting partnership will be announced in March. The majority on each of the Manning City Council, Main Street Manning Board and IKM-Manning School Board are under 40 years of age.
As a community, we appreciate the role of local media in their coverage of Manning and Carroll County news and promotion of regional shopping. We also appreciate the role of Region XII and the Carroll Area Development Corporation in promoting regional initiatives. The communities of Carroll County are stronger when working together! May the force be with us in 2018!!