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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

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


Additional Resources:

US Dept of Labor News Release 

What is an Essential Business?

Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Congratulations to the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Recipients

Congratulations to the following for their recognition at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday evening!

Citizen of the Year – Mary Elgar

Volunteer of the Year – Mark Hempen, Henry County Health Center

Ambassador of the Year – Jennifer Wharton, Wayland State Bank

Main Street Leadership Award – Lisa Oetken, Director

Expansion Awards – Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Cornerstone Building Brands, Robin Run, Walmart Super Center

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.