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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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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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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How to Learn More about City Government

In the digital day and age, it’s much easier to stay updated on what is happening with the local government. Gone are the days where you had to attend a meeting or be part of the local government to be aware of projects. An important part of being a citizen is to know what is happening at the local city level. Below are some ways you can stay involved or be aware of what is happening.

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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.

Public Art | Christian Petersen

Christian Petersen Sculpture, A Dedication to the Future, at Fisher Community Center – this was Christian Petersen’s last commissioned work.

1959: Christian Petersen, commissioned by J.W. Fisher to produce a monumental bronze sculpture, A Dedication to the Future, for the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. Late in that year, Petersen suffered a heart attack, beginning a decline in his health.

1961: Petersen authorized casting of A Dedication to the Future, which he had completed in seriously failing health. Four days later, on April 4, Petersen died of cancer at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames.

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How safe is Marshalltown?

"If it bleeds, it leads."

That is a common quote attributed to efforts by the media to drive social media views, paper sales, or ratings. In fairness, this is not a factual depiction of how the media conducts business or covers community news. However, crime stories do attract out attention. These are important public stories and they will receive a lot of media coverage.

Sometimes it feels like crime is all around you. It is all we read about and it dominates the daily news cycle. This creates a perception that our community may not be safe. Factually, our community of Marshalltown remains safe. Crime rates continue to remain low. Violent crime rates have been trending downward for many years. The odds of you being the victim of violent crime in Marshalltown is very low.

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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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Welcome!

Welcome to the Vision Marshalltown blog! Content will focus on activities related to our three community initiatives - education, housing, and community pride. 

Our mission is that Marshalltown embodies the pride, passion, and purpose of a global community rooted in hometown Iowa quality of living. To help us accomplish this mission, we are focused on three vision areas. 

  • Showcase exceptional educational opportunities

  • Offer a wide array of housing options and opportunities for families to reinvest in neighborhoods

  • Have and convey a culture of pride and respect, with a reputation as a great place to live, work, and play

The type of content you can expect to see are positive stories about people, places, and events in Marshalltown that relate to our three visions.

We'll try to give you sneak peek highlights of some of the great projects our community partners are working on that you may not otherwise know about. Many of our community partners are working on initiatives to help Marshalltown grow and prosper and our goal is to help our audience have more awareness of those projects. 

We welcome the community to be involved in any way they see fit. As we move forward in providing more content, we will be looking for creatives who have pictures and stories to tell about our great community.  

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