Why do we say “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”?? The many reasons include past and current generations who invested in Manning’s future. Their investments of money and time helped make Manning the vibrant community it is today.
Please allow me to continue the theme from last week’s Main Street Minute and finish the list of Main Street Manning’s (MSM) 2012 accomplishments. With monies secured by MSM, a new door was installed at the Manning Fire Department. The door will accommodate today’s larger ambulances. MSM & Chamber volunteers designed Manning It’s Refreshing branding banners that will fly on 37 Main Street light poles. Many are available for “adoption”. MSM partnered with the Manning Visioning committee to include the It’s Refreshing brand in the Visioning proposals on trails, signage and new “welcome to Manning” signs. We developed and launched the new Refresh Manning Trust Fund. We are partnering with Manning Rotary and Manning Betterment Foundation to sponsor and promote this trust fund. It is designed to provide similar benefits to Manning as the Warren Timmerman Trust fund provides. MSM is pursuing a multimillion forgivable loan for multi-family housing. The loan will be used with private monies to develop duplexes. We were awarded a $50,000 grant to assist in the development of an upper-story apartment in a Main Street building. This will also be partnered with private monies. MSM awarded a local façade grant to two Main Street district businesses to provide 50% of the cost of installing a storefront awning. Watch for the upcoming installations!
Please visit the www.ManningIa.com website – it is excellent. Please advertise Manning by putting a Manning It’s Refreshing cling/sticker on your vehicle! They, along with Manning It’s Refreshing coozies, are all available free in the MSM office.
Why do we say “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”?? It is due to our businesses, our volunteers and our entire surrounding area. The sense of community goes beyond the city limits. It includes our local farmers and all those who live in our rural areas. I wish a Merry Christmas to all! Please be safe in all your travels.