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Mount Pleasant Shows Significant Growth in 2020 Census

Mount Pleasant Shows Significant Growth in 2020 Census



FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 20, 2021

CONTACT:
Kristi Perry, Executive Vice President
Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance
319-385-3101
kristi@mpiowa.org

 

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – Henry County, and more specifically Mount Pleasant, was one of the big winners in the recently announced 2020 Census Data.  The census numbers show Henry County experienced a 1.7 percent growth, with the city of Mount Pleasant seeing a 7 percent increase.

“It’s so exciting to be one of the 30 counties in Iowa that are growing. Especially considering we are one of the very few rural counties to grow”, said Kristi Perry, Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance.

Mount Pleasant was one of the highest ranked cities above 5,000 which is outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Mount Pleasant grew from 8,668 people in 2010 to 9,274 in the 2020 census. Much of that growth is directly attributed to the growth at Iowa Wesleyan University.

“Iowa Wesleyan University has experienced steady and strategic enrollment growth for the past five years.  Between 2015 and 2020, we experienced an enrollment headcount increase of more than 56%.  We are delighted to see how this growth has impacted the census numbers for our community,” said Chris Plunkett, Iowa Wesleyan University President.  “Once again, we are expecting record-breaking enrollment for our new fall 2021 students and total University headcount.  We will continue to do our part to help support the growth of the rural communities in Southeast Iowa.”

Another important factor in the growth of Mount Pleasant is the private/public partnerships designed to improve housing stock. Back in 2014, a Housing Needs Assessment gave Mount Pleasant the direction needed to address their shortfall.  Projects such as Ashford Park, Threshers Meadows, Bell Subdivision, and Robin Run are just a few examples of new single-family housing. In addition to that, projects like Heather Branch Estates and a strong interest in downtown upper story housing make Mount Pleasant a very appealing community.

Salem and New London were other communities in Henry County showing a positive population growth in this census. As for the state, nearly 3.2 million people now live in Iowa, a 4.7 percent increase from 2010.

The Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission is part of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance which also includes the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism.

 

Introducing EAT-SHOP-PLAY Mount Pleasant App

Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Releases
EAT-SHOP-PLAY MOUNT PLEASANT App


We are excited to announce that EAT-PLAY-SHOP MOUNT PLEASANT is now live! This tourism/visitors app includes services such as restaurants, hotels, shopping, camping and much more. Each listing on the app includes a name, phone number, address and brief description. When possible, it will link to a map and a Facebook page. We have done our best to get the information about your business/organization correct but we need your help!

To find our App, search for “Eat-Play-Shop Mount Pleasant” on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. You can also access all of our Social Media pages from here!

 

 

Attention Business Owners, please download the app and take a look at your listing. If you are comfortable with your listing, then you don’t need to do anything. BUT, the app allows you to make your own changes, to add special features and buttons, and other fun tools. If you would like to have access to your listing, please call Allison at 319-385-3101 or email allison@mpiowa.org and she will be glad to give you access to your listing.

Mark Twain Zephyr Rebuild Outreach Tour & Book Signing Event

Mark Twain Zephyr Rebuild Outreach Tour & Book Signing Event


Are you interested in the history and status of the Mark Twain Zephyr?

The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad purchased the historic CB&Q Mark Twain Zephyr, which used to pass through Mount Pleasant are who were interested in both the history of the train and the refurbishment. The railroad’s owners decided to send Robert Tabern, Director of Passenger Development and author of history book series about the Mark Twain Zephyr, on a 13-stop speaking tour along the original route of the Mark Twain Zephyr!

They will be offering a FREE one hour presentation to the public at the Mt. Pleasant, IA Amtrak Station on Sunday, July 18 at 2:00PM.

Check out the full press release and photos of the progress here as well as this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_KYLiTURvA&t=25s

 

Voting Begins for the Mount Pleasant “CommUNITY” Video

Voting Begins for the Mount Pleasant “CommUNITY” Video


MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – Voting is live! Please hop on Facebook and vote for the Mount Pleasant “CommUNITY” video on the IowansUnite video contest. The #IowansUnite Community Pride video contest allows a local community the chance to win a one-of-a-kind mural designed and installed by Iowa artist Ben Schuh that welcomes visitors to their shopping district or downtown area.

The CommUNITY video was choreographed by Sunnybrook Assisted Living and Memory Care Mount Pleasant Marketing Director Cody Flietner who wrote a jingle about Mount Pleasant and orchestrated a number of residents shopping and supporting our small businesses in Mount Pleasant. In the end of the video, everyone gathers as a community at the fountain in Central Park. In addition to Fleitner, the video was made possible by Roy Manfredi from Iowa Wesleyan University who assisted with the audio and Pastor Trey Hegar from First Presbyterian Church who helped with the drone footage.

If you would like to vote for Mount Pleasant, please log on to the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Facebook page beginning on Wednesday, June 23 at 8:00 am. The voting will run through June 30 at 5:00 pm.  You are allowed one vote per Facebook account per day. The video with the most votes on June 30 at 5:00 pm will win. If you don’t have Facebook, you can vote here: https://woobox.com/hhacqg

This video is a joint project of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Mount Pleasant.

 

Come Be Featured in Mount Pleasant’s Very Own “CommUnity” Video

Area Residents Needed to Participate in “CommUnity” Video


MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – On Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 am, all area residents are invited to gather at the fountain in Central Park to film “CommUnity” video.  The video will be submitted to the state’s #IowansUnite Community Pride video contest for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind mural designed and installed by Iowa artist Ben Schuh that welcomes visitors to their shopping district or downtown area.

Choreographer Cody Fleitner has written a jingle about Mount Pleasant and has a vision to have residents shopping and supporting our small businesses in and around Mount Pleasant. In the end, we all gather as a community at the fountain in Central Park. We need as many people as we can get in the park to help us win this award.

 To be part of #IowansUnite Community Pride contest, the video must feature residents and small businesses and must incorporate elements reflecting each community’s unique brand of hometown pride. Examples include storefronts, main street districts, notable landmarks and people shopping or eating.

This video is a joint project of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Mount Pleasant. For more information, please call Kristi Perry at 319-385-3101 or email kristi@mpiowa.org.

Matt Schimmelpfennig Named 2021 Citizen of the Year

Matt Schimmelpfennig Named 2021 Citizen of the Year


MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – On Thursday evening at the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner, Matt Schimmelpfennig was named the 2021 Citizen of the Year.

A lifelong resident, Schimmelpfennig was recognized as someone that gives of himself unselfishly for the betterment of Mount Pleasant. His work ethic and his outstanding relationship with his customers was noted as well his efforts to help organizations such as Midwest Old Threshers, the Mount Pleasant Athletic Boosters, and the Chamber of Commerce. Schimmelpfennig is described as a humble person and one that serves as a role model to others in the community, balancing his business and community life but always putting his kids and family first. Schimmelpfennig was pleased to accept the same award that his parents J.D. and Kathy Schimmelpfennig received in 2013.

Matt Donnolly from Mt. Pleasant Chiropractic received the Volunteer of the Year and Som Sylavong from US Bank received the Ambassador of the Year. A special Humanitarian Award was presented to the Henry County Public Health Department staff for their tireless efforts during the Covid crisis.

2020 President Chad Sloat from the Walmart Distribution Center and the 2021 President Jennifer Moutrie from Moutrie Trucking assisted in presenting the awards.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Chamber consists of 345 businesses, organizations and individual members. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance encompasses the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism.

 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

Administrator Guzman Announces Final Push for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

Qualifying eating establishments should submit applications by the May 24th deadline

 

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that eligible eating establishments have until Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET, to submit applications to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

“If our nation’s food and beverage industry is going to fully recover, we must ensure as many of the hardest-hit businesses get the economic aid they need,” said Administrator Guzman. “We are committed to creating easy to navigate programs and removing barriers that have kept many of our nation’s smallest businesses from accessing these crucial economic lifelines. The SBA will continue to be as entrepreneurial as the small businesses we serve, and we will continue to work as fast as possible to deliver the relief our businesses need so urgently.”

“The numbers speak to the commitment SBA made to educating owners and operators through their work with the Association, our state partners, and other industry support organizations,” said Tom Bené, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The funds that have already been distributed will help accelerate the recovery of thousands of restaurants and bring much-needed capital to communities across the country.”

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund signed into law by President Joe Biden established an initial $5 billion set-aside established by Congress for applicants with gross receipts not more than $500,000. To further ensure an equitable distribution of funds, Administrator Guzman created two additional funding allocations to ensure the smallest of the small restaurants and other eating establishments have equitable access: 1) $500 million for applicants with 2019 gross receipts not more than $50,000, and 2) $4 billion for applicants with 2019 gross receipts between $500,000 and $1,500,000. In the first two weeks of the RRF program, and after 600 targeted community outreach events in multiple languages, SBA has received from priority groups:

  • 12,898 applications from businesses with not more than $50,000 in pre-pandemic revenue requesting $290 million in funds
  • 73,671 applications from businesses with not more than $500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue requesting $6.1 billion in funds
  • 34,010 applications from businesses with $500,000 – $1,500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue requesting $8.4 billion in funds

Designed to ensure the smallest of small eating establishments get the relief needed, set-asides continue a commitment to an equitable distribution of funds to hard-hit communities. Because SBA still has potential set-aside funding available for eligible establishments with 2019 annual revenue of not more than $50,000, it will keep the application portal open until Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET. While all qualified restaurants may submit applications, more than $220 million of a $500 million set-aside remains in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Eligible establishments that meet this revenue standard are encouraged to apply through SBA-recognized point-of-sale vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal.

To date, the RRF program has received more than 303,000 applications representing over $69 billion in requested funds, and nearly 38,000 applicants have been approved for more than $6 billion. Of the overall submitted applications, 57 percent came from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. During the first two weeks of the program, SBA has received applications from:

  • More than 122,000 women business owners
  • More than 14,000 veteran business owners
  • More than 71,000 economically and socially disadvantaged individuals

For those interested in applying to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, visit sba.gov/restaurants.

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