Main Street Manning

 Manning was declared a Main Street Iowa Community May 18, 2009 by the

Iowa Dept. of Economic Development

Current Main Street Manning Board of Directors are, from left, front, John Opperman, Dawn Rohe, and Mayor Harvey Dales who have served the board since its inception in 2009, Jill Arp, Greg Sextro; standing, Ron Reischl, Jeff Blum, Dr. Luke Podey, Bob Stessman, Director Colleen Nelson, and student members Kate Dentlinger, Reese Hansen and Riley Willison.

Major Accomplishments of Manning Street Manning, in
partnership with the City of Manning, since 2009:

-- $50,000 grant for upper level housing renovation at 307 Main
-- $500,000 Downtown Revitalization Grant for 16 businesses
-- Branding services, Website, banners and promotional materials
partially funded with $6,000 from Carroll Community Foundation and $10,000 from Main Street Iowa.
-- $12,000 grant award from Timmerman Trust for Main Street banners & holiday decorations
-- Carroll Community Foundation Grants for an ambulance garage door and the Legion Roof
-- Establishment of The Refresh Manning Trust Fund which made grant awards in 2013 and 2014
-- Manning designated a pilot community for Krell Energy Efficiency

project, $15,000 value
-- $45,000 grant for Cliff’s interior restoration
-- $17,500 grant for restaurant innovation and improvement
-- $75,000 grant for signage and interior restoration of 3 buildings
-- Drake/Iowa Economic Development Authority Pilot Program
-- Beginning seventh year partnership with the Iowa State's College of Design utilizing student’s graphic designs for business, trails.
-- Starting partnership with ISU Iowa Retail Initiative providing retailers with analysis, consulting, merchandising and marketing
-- Starting new partnership with Drake University and Iowa Downtown Resource Center offering assistance and possible solutions to downtown problems.
-- Development of the Milwaukee Trestle Park Comprehensive Plan
-- Connect Iowa announced Manning as a Certified Connected Community, 40th in US, 9th in Iowa and 1st in under 5,000 population, validating Manning's internet access, adoption and use.
-- 2015 announcement of Manning as an Iowa Great Place and a $150,000 award— accomplished by the City; however Main Street Manning will support and assist the Great Places vision which involves public art pieces and development of Trestle Park.



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