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Announcing Plans for a New Childcare Center

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance announces Plan for a New Childcare center

October 8, 2020

Today, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance announced the formation of the Mount Pleasant Community Childcare organization to address the childcare needs in Mount Pleasant.

“Childcare is routinely recognized as one of the biggest challenges employees face when working in Mount Pleasant” said Executive Vice President Kristi Ray. Ray noted that Mount Pleasant has 1041 kids under the age of 11 and only 201 registered childcare seats. “It is very alarming that we have had a 51% reduction in childcare seats in our community in just the last five years.”

Mount Pleasant Community Childcare will be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The board will be going through a strategic planning process and writing a business plan for a new center. Once a location is established, they will look to hire an experienced and knowledgeable director and staff. One of the key components of a new center will address the need for afterschool care. The board is currently looking for an existing location in hopes of taking little ones as soon as the Spring of 2021.

Members of the Mount Pleasant Community Childcare Center include President Sarah Donnolly, Walmart Distribution Center; Vice President Kelsey Maynard, Iowa Wesleyan University; Secretary Kadie Johannson, KILJ Radio; Treasurer Mary Koontz, 5 Star Community Credit Union; Kevin Dameron, Steffes Group Inc.; Jordie Dingman, The Rec Center; Dawn Dunnegan, ISU Extension and Outreach; Lynn Humphreys, Henry County Health Center; Don LeBlanc, Retired Principal Mount Pleasant Community Schools; Jennifer Lehman, Concerned Citizen and Parent; and Jennifer Moutrie, Moutrie Trucking LLC. Tasha Beghtol, Early Childhood Iowa and Jodi Norton from Childcare Resource and Referral will serve as consultants on the project.

Anyone interested in more information about the childcare center should email kids@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. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance includes the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, Main Street Mount Pleasant, and Henry County Tourism.

Recognizing the Mount Pleasant High School CTE Program

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance to Recognize Mount Pleasant High School CTE Program

October 8, 2020

Earlier this year, Governor Kim Reynolds announced 14 recipients of the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant that helps employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance was honored to receive a grant to purchase a new CNC Machine for the Career and Technical Education Department at Mount Pleasant High School.

On Thursday, October 8 at 3:30 pm at the High School, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance will unveil the new CNC machine and will also present the CTE Department with a $2,000 check to further career exploration in trade industries at Mount Pleasant High School. Some of the CTE programs offered include culinary, photography and graphic design, business and finance, information technology, manufacturing, construction, building trades, and automotive.

“Entering a trade offers personal fulfillment, high salary potential, and job stability” said Kristi Ray, Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance. “We need students to study those trades now more than ever before”.

After presenting the check to the CTE instructors, the community will have the opportunity to see the new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that arrived at the school over the summer. This $20,000 project was funded with $10,000 from the state grant, $5,000 from the school district and the remaining $5,000 was generous contributions from Cornerstone Building Products, Hearth & Home Technologies, Jabil, Lomont Molding, and Steffensmeier Welding.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance includes the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism.

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.

Mount Pleasant Selected for Employer Innovation Grant

MOUNT PLEASANT – On Tuesday, Governor Reynolds announced 14 recipients of the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant that helps employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance has been awarded one of those grants for $10,000.

“Through the Employer Innovation Fund, Future Ready Iowa is working to spur innovation among employers and communities,” said Gov. Reynolds. “We have thousands of open jobs and rewarding careers and that is why we launched Future Ready Iowa. The Employer Innovation Fund is just one way we can help remove the barriers to postsecondary training and education and help Iowans achieve their goals.”

To meet identified employer needs in the area, this project will fund the purchase a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine to be placed in the Mount Pleasant High School as well as cover the cost of training instructors. The school district and the local business community have partnered together to teach students and parents about the advanced technology involved in manufacturing jobs within their community. Local manufacturers will serve as project advisors and will help teach more than 175 students how to use the CNC machine each semester. As this is a matching grant, the business community will contribute $5,000 to this project, the schools will contribute $5,000 and the state grant will complete the $10,000 match.

“We are very honored to receive the Employer Innovation Fund grant. We look forward to working with Colby Newman and other teachers in the Career and Technical Education department to train students on this exciting piece of equipment” said Kristi Ray, Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance includes the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism.

 

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