Colorful marketing signs line Manning’s Main Street. The city’s “It’s Refreshing” brand campaign was awarded a Superior Marketing Efforts award at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration April 7. Jaime and Ben England, the owners of Market Place, pictured at left, were also recognized for the store's interior renovation.
Colorful marketing signs line Manning’s Main Street. The city’s “It’s Refreshing” brand campaign was awarded a Superior Marketing Efforts award at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration April 7. Jaime and Ben England, the owners of Market Place, pictured at left, were also recognized for the store's interior renovation.

Manning was 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

annual 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 in 1985.

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 than 740.

— 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.”