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Trees Forever Stewardship Program

Trees Forever Stewardship Program
in Mount Pleasant’s Saunders Park


We just found out something exciting! As part of our Community Visioning process, we worked with an organization called Trees Forever. Trees Forever and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center host an annual Steward of the Beautiful Land program that includes three virtual classes and one in person seminar where they actually complete a planting project. They are going to do their annual project in Saunders Park in Mount Pleasant! This will coincide with a new trailhead project that the City of Mount Pleasant is starting in the park this summer.

This four-class webinar series explores the importance of native plants and trees in native Iowa ecosystems. Participants will discover how native plants and trees can work for our community to clean our air, water and soil. To learn more anyone interested can check out http://www.treesforever.org/stewards.

If you know of anyone interested in participating in this project, please feel free to share this information.

Chamber Hosts Legislative Breakfast

Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce
Hosts Legislative Breakfast


This Saturday, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance will host the final Legislative Breakfast of the 2021 session. Senator Jeff Reichman and Representative Joe Mitchell will be there to address the audience.

The breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am at the Masonic Lodge, 206 N. Main. Following the legislators remarks and questions from the Chamber, we will open the floor for questions from the audience. This event is open to the public and reservations are not necessary.

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. For more information about the breakfast, please call Kristi Ray at 385-3101 or email kristi@mpiowa.org.

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Receives Statewide Childcare Grant

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center
Receives Statewide Childcare Grant


The Mount Pleasant Childcare Center took a big step forward today when they received a $183,000 grant from the State of Iowa.

“We cannot thank the State of Iowa enough for making childcare a priority. This grant will allow us to increase our capacity from 45 to 70 children in our new location”, said Amy McLaughlin, Director of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center.

The Childcare Challenge Grant was established to encourage and enable businesses, nonprofit organizations, and consortiums to establish local childcare facilities and increase the availability of quality, affordable childcare for working Iowans. The fund awarded $13,053,372 from Future Ready Iowa and the Department of Human Services. This funding will help grow childcare seats across the state by 4,024 new openings.

President of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Board of Directors Sarah Donnolly reminded everyone, “This is truly a community center and while this grant definitely helps, we still need the financial support from businesses, groups and individuals in Mount Pleasant.”

Mount Pleasant has 1041 kids under the age of 11 and only 201 registered childcare seats. The community has seen a reduction of 51% in available childcare seats in the last five years. The new center, scheduled to open in later this summer, will serve approximately 70 children.

Mount Pleasant Community Childcare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Anyone interested in more information about the childcare center should email amympchildcarecenter@gmail.com. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is assisting the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center with this important community project.

Nominate the Citizen of the Year for 2020

Citizen of the Year Nomination Form


 

Each year the members of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce (MPACC) are invited to nominate a person for Citizen of the Year. Nominees should be citizens living and/or working in the Mount Pleasant area who have had a significant impact on the community through their volunteer and charitable activities. The MPACC Board of Directors will select the recipient. The award is presented each year at the MPACC’s Annual Banquet. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please submit a nomination form by March 31 to the MPACA office.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes award winners at their Annual Banquet and Meeting of the Membership. Award Nominations are due by March 31.

Click here to get the Citizen of the Year Nomination Sheet.

 

Newest Laborshed Data for Henry County

Newest Laborshed Data for Henry County


Laborshed studies are supply-side, labor availability studies. They provide community leaders, economic developers, site selectors and existing or prospective employers a flexible tool for understanding the workforce characteristics of their local labor market.

A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. It shows the distribution of these workers regardless of political boundaries.  Laborshed studies also address underemployment, availability of labor and likeliness of the employed or not employed to change or accept employment. Other topics covered within a Laborshed analysis include: current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked, job search resources and distance willing to commute to work. For more information regarding survey methodology please visit the Laborshed Survey Methodology page.

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Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Announces New Director

mount pleasant childcare center
announces new director


MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – In her first order of business, new director of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Amy McLaughlin, accepted a check from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. That contribution is another of the generous donations from area churches. McLaughlin will officially begin her duties as the new director on February 8.

“The Board and I are very excited for Amy to join us as our new Director. We are confident that her education and past work experiences, combined with her outgoing personality, will be the perfect fit for the center” said Sarah Donnolly, President of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Board of Directors.

Amy McLaughlin, a native of Sigourney, IA attended Loras College receiving her degrees in Social Work and Psychology. She has close to 20-years of experience with the Iowa Department of Human Services. McLaughlin and her husband Jeremy reside in Wayland, IA with their two children.

McLaughlin explained, “Being part of the Childcare Center from the ground up is a wonderful opportunity and I am thrilled to be part of it. I look forward to working with community partners to make this long-needed addition to Mount Pleasant. I am also excited to be working again in Mount Pleasant and looking forward to seeing familiar faces!”

As part of her training for her new position, Amy will be working part-time at the Kids Corral in Washington, IA to gain hands on experience. She will also be integral in the remodel of the new Mount Pleasant Childcare Center located in the former Family Video.

Mount Pleasant has 1041 kids under the age of 11 and only 201 registered childcare seats. The community has seen a reduction of 51% in available childcare seats in the last five years. The Mount Pleasant Childcare Center will begin registration in March and is on schedule to open June 1, 2021. The Center is accepting donations which can be sent to the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center, c/o Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, 124 S. Main, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641.

For more information about the Center, contact Amy McLaughlin at 319-385-3101 or email kids@mpiowa.org.

 

2021 State Legislative Agenda

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance
2021 State Legislative Agenda


Economic Development

A well-executed economic development program promotes job creation, enhances the tax base over the duration of the program, and allows local governments to incur debt in a sustainable manner. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Economic development programs that attract quality jobs, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and existing business expansions.
  • Local control over TIF districts for continued utilization of dollars for both horizontal and vertical infrastructure development and its use as an incentive tool for job creation.
  • Continued support for the department of corrections including additional security personnel, technology and data support and treatment capacity.

 

Workforce and Housing

Iowa’s businesses are challenged to find qualified candidates with the appropriate skills who are ready to work. Efforts to attract applicants and to educate our future workforce about job opportunities is critical to our future success. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Fully funding the Future Ready Iowa Initiative.
  • Programs and incentives for communities that are marketing and recruiting outside of Iowa.
  • Strategies that leverage a variety of state and local resources to increase the number and variety of homes available in the region.
  • Iowa Jobs Training Programs (260E and 260F) that are administered by one of Iowa’s 15 community colleges which expand Iowa’s workforce through new employee training, increasing the employees’ skill set and improving productivity of employers.

 

Education and Childcare

Iowa must have an educational system that prepares students to succeed in a very competitive economy. With the cost of education increasing and standards decreasing it is important that Iowa’s educational system have a strong core curriculum to ensure that students are prepared for higher education and/or the workplace. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Action that will incentivize communities to address the need for quality and affordable early childcare.
  • K-12 funding that allows schools to certify budgets on time, is equitable across the range of Iowa’s diverse school districts and is at a level that is both appropriate and sustainable.
  • Policies to aid rural areas that are faced with high transportation costs for busing children to and from school.
  • Continued emphasis on STEM fields and Career and Technical Education.
  • Funding for the Iowa Tuition Grant and PSEO.
  • Resources to address the increasing instances of mental health among students at all levels of learning.

Healthcare

The health of our community is one of our greatest concerns, especially in the trying times that we are facing. Access to health care for everyone through public and private options is critical. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Efforts to consider Emergency Management Services (EMS) an essential service.
  • Continued funding of the cost adjustment factor for Critical Access Hospitals approved by the state legislature.
  • The passage of payment parity for providers for telehealth services.

 

Transportation and Infrastructure

An established transportation system that connects Southeast Iowa within the region and beyond is vitally important to our state. Addressing transportation and infrastructure concerns is necessary to continue everyday business and attract both companies and future employees. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Significant infrastructure investments to improve broadband connectivity statewide, especially in Iowa’s most rural areas.
  • Funding at the Iowa Department of Transportation for rail service into industrial parks and sites appropriate for rail projects.
  • Address a long-term, equitable solution to Iowa’s water quality challenge.

 

Tax Policy

Iowa’s tax code should encourage business growth, limit the size and costs of government, and reflect the principles of equity, neutrality, simplicity, and predictability. Continued exploration of tax reform and finding ways to alleviate the tax burden on Iowa employers it necessary. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • Efforts to simplify and reduce corporate income taxes.
  • Allowing states to collect sales tax from out-of-state establishments on internet purchases.
  • Oversight of tax credits and programs that have a documented Return on Investment with clear objectives for growing the economy.
  • Fully funding existing budget obligations including tax credits and promised “backfill” to local government.

 

Quality of Life

Iowa must create attractive places for people to live and work by developing quality of life projects that leverage community assets. Community placemaking projects and recreational opportunities are vital components of Iowa’s workforce attraction and retention strategies. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance supports:

  • New initiatives that center on rural business development such as entertainment amenities, restaurants, and retail.
  • Support funding for quality-of-life projects that directly correlate to business and employee recruitment and retention.
  • Funding for existing programs and consideration of new resources that promote “placemaking” including quality of life and the arts.

 

 

Contact Information

State Representative Joe Mitchell (R), District 84

joe.mitchell@legis.iowa.gov, (319) 461-9620

 

State Senator Jeff Reichman (R), District 42

jeff.reichman@legis.iowa.gov, (319) 520-8157

 

Kristi Ray, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance

kristi@mpiowa.org, (319) 385-3101

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Vaccination for Industry Webinar

2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Vaccination for Industry Webinar


IDPH has partnered with our peers at Iowa Economic Development (EDA) to host a vaccine webinar for business, industry, and agriculture. With the Microsoft Teams app, Iowa EDA is able to host up to 20,000 attendees. We think it makes sense to reach out to all of these audiences at the same time since many of their members will fall within the Phase 1b and 1c as defined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Please help us by distributing this invitation to your contacts and distribution lists. Local Public Health is invited to attend this webinar, we understand the short notice and have attached the slides for your review if unable to attend. Title: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Business, Industry, and Agriculture When: Friday, January 8th, 2:30 – 4pm

Details:
 This event can be attended through the link http://covidvax.idph.live in any web browser
 If as an attendee you already use Microsoft Teams, you can choose to open it there, otherwise choose “Watch on the web instead”
 An account is not required, click on the “Join anonymously” option on the splash page in the browser.
 Questions may be asked in the Q&A chat window, and as time allows, presenters will address questions

 

View Vaccine Presentation Slideshow Here

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Accepting Applications for Director

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center
Accepting Applications for Director


The Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Board of Directors is now accepting applications for Director of their new center. The Center Director must meet the guidelines as specified by the State of Iowa. Applicants must complete a Director Qualifications Worksheet which is available at the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance office at 124 S. Main or find the form below. For more information, contact Kristi Perry at the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, 319-385-3101 or email kids@mpiowa.org.  The new center is scheduled to open in May/June of 2021. Mount Pleasant Childcare  Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is assisting the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center with this important community project.

Center Director Worksheet

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Director

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