I expected 2016 to be slower for Manning than the past few years. Maybe the second half will be! Boulders Inn & Suites of Manning LLC purchased and closed on two acres immediately west of the Hausbarn-Heritage Park. Construction started the first week of April and the 32 room hotel is already framed and roofed! Grand opening is slated for October. In less than one year from the initial meeting gauging investor interest, the building will be completed! Boulders of Manning will have a surprise. While maintaining the ambiance of the tall ceilings in the lobby area that exist in all Boulders, the Manning lobby will have an exciting unique décor. Come visit our grand opening in October to see!
Neither the Boulders’ nor the Hausbarn-Heritage Park teams were enamored with the name of the gravel road leading to the location. So, in typical Manning fashion, we changed it. With 56% of the vote using the Survey Monkey online tool, the new name will be Heritage Drive and the road will be paved as part of the improvements.
Char-Mac Assisted Living with its 36 rooms will open June 1st. This project fills a medical gap and housing gap in our community. We are thankful to have this award winning company and management team to serve those in need.
Speaking of housing, the Carroll County Housing study is out and Manning wasted no time getting organized. A committee spanning various industries have already met and laid out an action plan to proceed. I am excited to see the results of their work and even more excited to see actual housing construction!
A Manning Christian organization, C3 (Christ, Community, Celebration) will hold its annual concert in the Hausbarn-Heritage on Sunday June 5th. Gates open at 4:00 and the free Christian concert starts at 5:45. Come see amazing musical talent in a wonderful outdoor park setting between two historical buildings including the 1660’s era Hausbarn!! Free admission, free food and free fellowship! Carroll County's Freedom Rock is across the road from the concert - check it out also!!
As part of our two year partnership with Drake University, Manning will host 25 young business leaders from Africa on July 23rd. During their six week visit, Manning is the only small community on their itinerary. We look forward to hosting them!!
We have the results of Drake’s Public Relations recommendations for Manning. Main Street Manning hired a 2016 Drake graduate to begin implementation. He starts this week. More on that in the next column.
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