Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Manning Monday morning to meet with local business owners and hear about the city’s economic-development accomplishments.
Reynolds started her visit with a tour of The Market Place, a popular home décor and coffee shop located on Manning’s Main Street and owned by Jaime England.
Reynolds then sat with business owners, who shared their stories, concerns and how they have made Manning’s Main Street, and overall community, successful.
“You guys should feel so, so proud of what you’re doing here,” Reynolds said. “I can see it, and I feel it.”
Local business owners who are less than 40 years old also also highlighted. Reynolds said she was impressed with the number of young people living in the Manning community.
“The Main Street is amazing,” Reynolds said. “Do you know how many communities would kill for a Main Street that looks like that?”
Reynolds said that Manning has a great foundation but noted that housing, workforce and day care all are issues she is looking to improve in Manning and other rural Iowa communities.
“I lift Manning up as an example (to) other communities,” Reynolds said. “(I say that) if you’re looking for a place to start, it’d be worth it to go over there and just talk to them.”
Following the discussion, Reynolds joined business owners for photos at the Iowa sculpture at Manning’s Trestle Park. Kids stepped up beside Reynolds inside the letters to pose. As cameras flashed, Reynolds and community members raised their hands, yelling, “This is Iowa!”