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Primary Candidate Information

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit corporation with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Henry County through economic growth. We rely on and encourage volunteer participation from area businesses, organizations and individuals that support the free market system. We serve as a focal point and advocate for the business interests of the Mount Pleasant area at local, regional, state, and national levels.

We are disappointed that the COVID-19 situation will keep us from hosting a candidates’ forum to learn more about the candidates running for State Senate and the Henry County Board of Supervisors. In place of the forum, we asked the candidates to answer a series of questions. We hope that this information will help you in deciding who to vote for in the June 2 election.

Henry County Supervisors

State Senate

Help us Help our Small Businesses!

Show your Community Pride and Help our Small Businesses

During these unprecedented times, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance wants to show the world that we are a community that is tough enough to withstand this challenge. But more importantly, we are a community that has the heart and compassion to care for each other. That is why we are hosting a fundraiser to help our small businesses that have been shut down due to COVID-19.

Using our tagline “Built with Heart”, we are selling Mount Pleasant items on our website. For every item you purchase, you will designate a local business to receive the proceeds from the sales. The businesses are all chamber members and are on the list of the Governor’s mandatory closures.

Thanks to the help of Anywear Apparel, Custom Impressions, Safeguard and Staats, the chamber is able to purchase these items for just $5.00. The remaining portion of the purchase will go to the small business of your choice. Sales will take place between now and May 8. You will be notified by email when your items are ready to be picked up.

We want to say a special thank you to Van Dijk Consultants, who is also a local small business, for helping us to design this site. Go shopping at www.mpiowa.org/store

Show Some Love to our Local Businesses

Due to the Governor’s proclamation many of our retailers will be forced to close. Main Street Mount Pleasant is asking you to Show Some Love to our local businesses.

Do you have a business you love? Celebrated something special, had a great memory to share? Did one of our Mount Pleasant businesses make a big impact on you!

Send a note to your favorite business! Tag them in a special post! Show how much you love & appreciate our businesses by showing them a little love!

Census Information is Key to Henry County

Census Information is Key to Henry County

Why is the Census important to Mount Pleasant? It is a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores. To do all that properly, the count needs to be accurate.

  • Over $400 billion per year is allocated throughout the nation with help from census data, including programs such as public health, education and infrastructure. State and local funds are often distributed based on population, meaning that every person is important when advocating for funding. The strength of census statistics and data also helps inform many public policy proposals at all levels of government.
  • The number of congressional districts in a state may shift based on increases or decreases in population over the previous decade, which affects congressional representation and state electoral votes. This reapportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and resulting change in electoral votes helps dictate the geographic shift in political power within the United States.
  • Restaurants such as Jimmy Johns, Dominos and Starbucks all have population requirements before they will come into a community. If we grow in population, we have a much better chance of getting new restaurants in town.
  • The City of Mount Pleasant receives $125.00 per person from the State of Iowa in Road Use Tax every year for a period of 10 years.  Every person over our current population of 8,688 (2010 census) is $125.00 more we have to spend on our streets.

By now, you should have received a survey in the mail asking you to be counted in the Census. PLEASE, complete that form and make sure that everyone in your household gets counted. If you have questions about this process, please contact Kristi Ray at the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance at 319-385-3101 or email kristi@mpiowa.org.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Chamber consists of 360 businesses, organizations and individual members.

Press Release on Covid-19

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

On Thursday, March 26, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings, and removing additional legal barriers to ensure a continued strong response to this disaster. The state of public health disaster emergency shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended by the governor. For more information, please click here for the full proclamation.

 

Governor Announces Much Needed Small Business Relief

This week, Governor Reynolds announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

In addition, a fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

For both of these programs, plus information from the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan, log on to www.ioweconomicdevelopment.com.

 

Additional Resources:

US Dept of Labor News Release 

What is an Essential Business?

Supply Chain Disruption Planning

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