celebrated several times during the Main Street Iowa Awards
Celebrations last week.
The city received awards for best
interior rehabilitation of a business and superior marketing efforts,
as well as an individual leadership award during the
statewide awards celebration held April 7 at
Hoyt Sherman Place
in Des Moines.
The awards ceremony recognizes cities
around the state that are involved with the statewide
economic-development organization Main Street Iowa, which was created
This year, Main Street Manning received
the following awards:
— A “Superior Marketing Efforts”
award for the city’s “It’s Refreshing” brand campaign, which
was jointly awarded to the City of Manning, the Manning Chamber of
Commerce and Main Street Manning.
— A “Best Interior Rehabilitation”
award to Jaime and Ben England for the renovation of the Main Street
building that now houses the Market Place.
— A Leadership
Award to Jean Voege for her “dedication to Main Street
revitalization by enhancing economic development in Manning and the
State of Iowa,” a news release states. Voege served in 2016
as chair of the Main Street Manning Organization Committee and
coordinator or the Family Feud fundraiser.
Out of 160 nominations, 15 projects and
activities were recognized, according to a news release.
Manning and Jefferson were the only two
cities in the state to receive two achievement awards, said Ron
Reischl, chairman of Main Street Manning’s Business Improvement
Committee. One city received three; several others received one.
This year’s event was the 31st annual
Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration.
Main Street’s impact by the numbers
since 1985, according to the release:
— New businesses started: 4,514.
— Net job gain: 13,402.
— Building projects reported: More
— Investment in building projects:
More than $2 billion.
— Documented hours worked last year
by people involved with Main Street Iowa: 156,135.
“The Main Street Iowa program has
stood the test of time since its introduction in 1985,” Gov. Terry
Branstad said during the event, according to the release. “The
program continues to bring businesses, jobs, investment and vitality
to our states’ traditional business districts.
“The Main Street
Approach works, and Main Street Iowa has been a national model
because we are creative, we embrace change, we demand local
initiative and action — but we hold strong to our roots as a
historic preservation program.”