Chamber Off the Clock Program

Chamber Off the Clock Program

What better way to get people introduced to one another and Marshalltown than a discussion about networking tips and a community scavenger hunt? Those are just two of the activities planned for the Chamber’s Off the Clock program, a series of social and professional development events aimed at summer interns and newly hired employees.

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MCSD students earn dual credits towards college!

MCSD students earn dual credits towards college!

We recently asked the Marshalltown Community School District about college credits. We keep hearing about college credits and how a lot of high school students are taking advantage of “free college” while they attend MHS. We wanted to know how many college credits were taken in the 2018-2019 school year.

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Marshalltown trails provide means of exercise for residents

Marshalltown trails provide means of exercise for residents

Biking and walking on trails are an easy and fun family activity that keeps everyone active whether it’s biking, walking or running and helps to form a connection with the environment through scenic views.

“These trails provide accessibility around town safely and if people want to be environmentally conscious they can ride their bikes to different places without having to mess with cars,” said Geoff Hubbard, director of Marshalltown Parks and Rec. “It’s a great exercise where you could go from Riverview to Melbourne on the same path.”

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Downtown Master Plan promotes green space, housing, parking and new commerce

Downtown Master Plan promotes green space, housing, parking and new commerce

The Downtown Marshalltown Master Plan draft was unveiled to the public Wednesday. The concepts presented are six months in the making, encompassing ways to revamp the area following the July 2018 tornado.

The region spans Third Street to Fifth Avenue and Madison Street to Grant Street/Byron Street/Bromley Street, focusing on commercial, residential, industrial and open spaces.

“The plan is to present the Master Plan at Monday’s city council meeting for final acceptance,” City Housing and Community Development Director Michelle Spohnheimer said. “Whenever an individual project would come forward, those have to be approved if they require city funds, such as streetscaping, public improvements, etc. It would have to be approved by the council, project by project. This Master Plan gives us a guide, especially as we talk to private developers coming in and we have the opportunity to say what our vision is.”

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Volunteers maintain flowers in downtown Marshalltown on daily basis

Volunteers maintain flowers in downtown Marshalltown on daily basis

The flower baskets of the Marshalltown Central Business District provide beauty after a disaster and greenery in an urban jungle to the residents of Marshalltown as they drive or walk down Main Street.

There are two flower baskets on each light pole which totals 96 baskets from Third Street to Third Avenue. All of these baskets are provided by Isle of Green and each basket has 13 plants per basket.

Only six of the baskets were destroyed in the July 2018 tornado.

“We found the rest and these are really hardy plants, my team kept watering and they survived through it all,” said Jenny Etter, director of the Marshalltown Central Business District.

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Forget About Art in the Park, this Art is in the Airport

Forget About Art in the Park, this Art is in the Airport

Just as the Marshalltown Municipal Airport connects the world to Marshalltown, local artist, Melissa (Missy) Sharer-Pieters is connecting her art to the world. For its inaugural display, the airport is showcasing 16 of her acrylic paintings in the terminal lobby. The work will remain on the walls until Friday, August 30. They are available for viewing, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am until 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The showing is through a partnership between the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Airport.

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Community Foundation of Marshall County Rebuild Marshalltown Fund Announces First Round Grant Awards

Community Foundation of Marshall County Rebuild Marshalltown Fund Announces First Round Grant Awards

Marshalltown, Iowa, May 2, 2019: The Community Foundation of Marshall County is excited to announce the grant awards from the first 2019 funding cycle for the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund. The two grantees are the City of Marshalltown for the renovation of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa for their Marshalltown Hammers Back project.

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5 Reasons Why its Great to Live in a Right-Sized Community

5 Reasons Why its Great to Live in a Right-Sized Community

Some people may call Marshalltown a small community. To others, it is big. A community with 25,000 to 50,000 people is a micropolitan. We like to call it “right-sized” because it is the perfect middle ground of big enough that you don’t know everyone but small enough that you can be involved. It’s big enough that we have a number of retailers but close enough to metro areas with big box stores. We got together with our partner organizations to come up with the top 5 reasons why it’s great to live in a right-sized community.

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Starting and Growing Your Business: First Steps to Building a Business Plan

Starting and Growing Your Business: First Steps to Building a Business Plan

Business Plan Definition → A road map that describes how a business is going to achieve its goals. It lays out a plan from a marketing, financial, and operational viewpoint.

What is the purpose of a business plan?

A business plan provides a way to manage starting or development a business. The business plans reduces risk by forcing evaluation of:

  • Market demand for products & services

  • Strategies

  • Business Structure

  • Marketing

  • Distribution

  • Competition

  • Finances

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Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority make $2M Available

Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority make $2M Available

Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program and Main Street Mortgage Loan Program to assist downtown rehabilitation from July 2018 tornado damage

March 13, 2019 (MARSHALLTOWN) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) announced today a combined $2 million in additional funding to aid ongoing recovery efforts in Marshalltown. Both commercial and residential properties are eligible for the funding, which may be used for redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings and to support the revitalization of Marshalltown’s downtown district.  

“A Main Street district is the heart of a community like Marshalltown – both economically and in spirit,” said Debi Durham, director of IEDA and IFA. “We’re happy to partner with local leaders and building owners to rehabilitate Marshalltown and position the community’s central business district for future growth.”

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Once Shattered by Tornado, Marshalltown is Rising

Once Shattered by Tornado, Marshalltown is Rising

Note: Article originally published in the Des Moines Register on March 14, 2019

MARSHALLTOWN, Ia. — The lights at Zeno's Restaurant are back on.

The neon sign that has glowed from the beloved pizza shop for 44 years was turned off for the first time July 19, 2018, when an EF-3 tornado ripped through downtown, tearing roofs off buildings, shattering storefront windows and collapsing brick walls. It took nearly eight months and hundreds of light bulbs, but Zeno's owners were able to flip the switch on the iconic 8-foot-tall sign in late February, bringing it back to its former glory. Its return highlights broader recovery efforts in Marshalltown's commercial district: Yes, there's progress. But it will take more time for the city of 27,552 to recover from the tornado's widespread damage

"I think everyone wishes it was a lot further along than it is," said Martha Green, a contract architect hired by the state to help assess the city's damage and recommend recovery steps. "It's going to take several years for Marshalltown to get back."

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