Why do we say “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”?? The many reasons include past generations who invested in Manning’s future. Their investments of money and time helped make Manning a vibrant community.
The Main Street Manning (MSM) Board met for the last time in 2012. We reviewed some of the 2012 accomplishments. Very successful retail events were held including the Spring Open House and Holiday Open House. Other sponsored events included Kinderfest, Trick-and-Treating on Main Street and Weihnachtsfest. A record breaking Chamber/MSM Golf Tournament was held in June. New Christmas decorations were installed on Main Street. Decorations include ten lit snowflakes, twenty snowflake banners and thirty-seven lit garlands. $12,000 was awarded to MSM from the Timmerman Trust Fund for these holiday lights/decorations and branding banners. The Manning Chamber contributed $2500. The City of Manning and Manning Electrical Utility installed the decorations. Work included installation of outlets on each light pole. Planters on Main Street were decorated throughout the year with seasonally appropriate décor.
We participated in a Krell Energy pilot funded by the USDA Rural Development Small Business Innovation Research grant. This pilot is designed to determine and evaluate behavioral impacts on energy usage and no-cost and low-cost methods to save energy dollars. $500,000 for Downtown Revitalization was awarded to Manning. Building selections and initial estimates have been completed. An architect has been hired and has begun work. With Main Street Iowa and industry consultants, we developed and launched the new Manning It’s Refreshing brand and the new www.ManningIa.com website. Launch attendees included the community, local civic and business leaders, Main Street Iowa, Visioning consultants, county supervisors and representatives from three newspapers. Please visit the 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.