Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a nod to Manning in her Condition of the State speech Tuesday, the most high-profile public address of the year in Iowa, one that outlines a vision for 2018 and beyond.
“From Decorah to Manning, LeMars to Mount Pleasant and everywhere in between, we are defined as Iowans who dream big in these small places,” Reynolds said as she addressed legislators and the state as a whole from the Iowa House chambers in the State Capitol Tuesday morning.
Reynolds, as lieutenant governor, has toured Manning, promoted the IKM-Manning STEM (science, technology and math) program and otherwise cheered downtown revitalization efforts in the southern Carroll County city of 1,500. She also visited Puck Custom Enterprises in Audubon County, just south of Manning.
A former Clarke County treasurer, Reynolds stressed her background and understanding of places like Manning.
“Like many of you, I grew up in one of those small towns, and when I go home, I hear the disappointment and I share the frustration when another storefront closes,” Reynolds said. “I appreciate the hard work taking place by community leaders to keep our main streets alive and vibrant.”
She added, “Our downtowns are the backdrop for memories and the foundation for future success stories. Their buildings, businesses and people have character, and they are the hubs for economic growth. Our work ethic is our currency, and people all over Iowa are ready to invest this valuable resource in their communities.”
Manning City Administrator Dawn (Rohe) Meyer this morning said the state has been a tremendous partner with Manning, from three rounds of Great Places funding to Department of Natural Resources financing to other support.
“I think it’s safe to say a lot of the projects would not be possible without the strong city-state relationship,” said Meyer who is also Manning’s representative on the Carroll Area Development Corporation.
Meyer said Manning residents appreciated recognition from the governor in the speech.
“It’s just really validating having a shout-out from that way this way,” Meyer said.
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