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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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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Meet the New Small Business Development Center Regional Director

Meet the New Small Business Development Center Regional Director

Marshall Economic Development is pleased to introduce the new Regional Director for the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Ames, Dave Biedenbach. In his position, he will be advising and training entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Marshalltown and the Marshall County area. Biedenbach plans to keep regular office hours (currently every other Wednesday) at the offices of Marshall Economic Development (MED) to meet with those wanting his assistance. There is no charge for his consultation.

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Work-Based Learning Prepares Students for Future

How do students learn what to expect when they move into post secondary education and the workplace? In Marshalltown Schools we are preparing students for these adventures by making partnerships with businesses for work-based learning experiences to get them ready for their further educational experiences and their careers.

Work-based learning is personalized learning in which the student works for an outside employer. A training agreement between the student, the business and the school district learning coordinator helps structure a training plan to measure success. We want our students to be successful in their workplace, so it is important that we all agree on the measures of that success.

One of the main goals of work-based learning experiences is to develop positive work habits and behaviors that are essential for a student’s future success. Soft skills such as customer service, collaboration and problem solving will be coupled with industry skills and certifications in specific areas of expertise.

Students get the benefits of exploring different interests and career pathways, have real world applications to their learning, and develop an awareness of tasks, skills and competencies for different careers. They will reflect on and evaluate their own abilities and increase understanding about post secondary education needed for careers in the industry.

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Meet the Leaders of Marshalltown

Over the next few months we will highlight some of the Marshalltown leaders. Some of these leaders are in elected positions and others have dedicated their careers to serving the people of Marshalltown. In a get-to-know-them type of format, we’ll learn about why they wanted to be in their position and what projects they are most excited about in their field of work.

Good leaders, collaboration, and volunteers are what makes a community grow and prosper. We are fortunate to have a lot of passionate leaders, a constant stream of collaboration on existing and new projects, and the best volunteers who give their time and money to our community.

These spotlights will be quick snapshots into who they are and why they are involved in the growth of Marshalltown. We also hope this provides you with resources or ideas on how you can get more involved if you’re looking for opportunities.

Our goal is to help the citizens of Marshalltown get to know the leaders of the City, School District, College, business community, and non-profit sector. We won’t be able to highlight every leader in the community, but want to be able to provide you with more insight and understanding into the various sectors of our community.

Watch for these leader spotlights on the Vision Marshalltown accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Meet the Marshalltown Community School District Board Members

Meet the Marshalltown Community School District Board Members

If you follow our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, you may have seen the leader spotlights on the Marshalltown Community School District School Board.

The mission of the Marshalltown Community School District is to “develop learners who have the knowledge, skills, and positive mindset to successfully pursue a meaningful future through personalized learning experiences.” To bring more awareness about the individuals driving these decisions, we asked why they wanted to be a board member and what projects they are most excited about.

These seven are responsible for ensuring the District Administration succeeds in the mission and vision of the MCSD by “preparing ALL learners, through an unparalleled culture of excellence, to be productive and engaged citizens in a diverse world.”

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