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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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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Finding Things to Do

Finding Things to Do

The Marshalltown community has lots of options when it comes to finding things to do during the week and on the weekends. Some of the more popular Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar of events are categorized as: arts & culture, live music, fitness, classes and workshops, and outdoor and nature.

Below is a short list of the organizations that you can check with when planning out your activities. From a survey completed in 2018, there are a lot of things happening in Marshalltown but people don’t know about them until after they happen. It is our hope to increase awareness of the different outlets hosting events or promoting events.

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How can you get involved in the community?

One of the many benefits of living in Marshalltown is that it’s somewhere between a metropolitan city and a small town. It’s pretty easy to find out what’s happening for events, new projects, or ways to get involved. People can pick and choose their level of involvement and can be involved in projects that are important to them.

Where can you get involved?

School district: Junior Achievement volunteer, Booster Club, attend school events, join a Parent Teacher Organization or volunteer in a classroom, support your student by encouraging and supporting the school and their education

City: park cleanup groups, use parks and recreation amenities, clean up after yourself, take care of your dwelling, participate in community input sessions

Non-profits: Board of Directors, sub-committees, help with special projects, volunteer at facilities

Events: be on a committee, volunteer at an event, attend events, spend money at events

Fundraisers: donate items, attend fundraisers and/or contribute money towards fundraising efforts

Elected Officials: run for School Board, City Government, or County Government; vote; attend public meetings

Tornado Recovery: Needs vary depending on the project and available resources. Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa have immediate openings for AmeriCorps members to assist in recovery efforts. Volunteers will be critical to support the mobile response team before the colder weather arrives. Volunteers can contact Central Iowa RSVP at 515-444-2390 or marshalltowntornadovolunteers@gmail.com to learn more.

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