Carroll Broadcasting: The progress and vision of Manning has been recognized yet again and they have been selected as one of 10 Iowa communities to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program for 2016. The program, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees for Iowa integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action. They will be offering expertise in creating conceptual design plans and will assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape. To qualify for the program, the community’s population must be less than 10,000, be facing existing transportation-related issues and have a committee of volunteers ready to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process. In addition to Manning, other 2016 Visioning communities selected at this time include Carlisle, Colfax, Garrison, Hampton, Kalona, Monona and Stuart. LINK
Carroll Broadcasting: Earlier this year, the community leaders in Manning commissioned a hotel study to evaluate the feasibility of bringing lodging into the city as well as to determine the size, scope and business models that would be most appropriate to meet the communities lodging needs. The report, contracted with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program, has been completed and presented to Manning officials for review. The report reveals there is no one compelling reason for overnight travelers to come to Manning, rather many things that would attract travelers, business individuals and those wishing to attend local events. The study highlights...
Carroll Daily Times Herald: Every year, crowds of people travel through Manning for weddings, conferences and shopping. Then, they head back to their Carroll hotel rooms. Manning is looking to change that after a recent assessment found the city could support a 25-room hotel.
A committee comprising local government officials as well as economic development and business leaders is speaking with two hotel chains to decide if one of them will fit Manning’s goals. The city worked with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Agriculture Program from June to October to assess the city’s business structure and see if it would support a hotel. Now that the assessment has determined Manning would benefit from a hotel...
Carroll Daily Times Herald: Kids’ games, human foosball, a high-school reunion, live music and German beer — put them all together, and you have a tourism and visitor wonderland. After Manning brought together three very different events this summer, the Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa awarded the city’s efforts with an Iowa Tourism Award...CONTINUE
Carroll Broadcasting: Just challenge the people in Manning, and it will get done. Last night (Monday), the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Main Street Iowa awarded Main Street Manning a $75,000 Challenge Grant for expansion of the Manning Child Care Center. IEDA Director, Debi Durham, said, “Main Street Manning continues to be a very strong program, due in large part to community leaders who strive to keep the program unique and closely aligned with the area’s economic development goals. Expanding the childcare center not only meets a community need,” she added, “but also serves as a downtown traffic generator and, ultimately, brings more families to the community.”
Carroll Broadcasting: The city of Manning will begin a project that will extend the reach of the Manning Municipal Gas services further into area counties. Mayor Harvey Dales provided an overview of the project to Iowa Economic Development Director, Debi Durham, at a recent meeting...CONTINUE