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Volume 3, Issue 2: April 2022 | "CR Pride"

Coon Rapids Pride on the Rise

Can you feel it in the air?  That sense of community pride?  Well, we sure can, and we couldn’t be happier with what we’re hearing from community members, businesses and visitors to Coon Rapids.
 
Last fall, we conducted a market study that included both a business and consumer survey. We received a lot of positive feedback about our businesses and community in the survey. Sixty-one percent of consumers think Coon Rapids is improving and 32 percent think Coon Rapids is steady or holding its own.  It was very exciting to see the level of community pride and satisfaction has risen compared to the last time we conducted a community survey in 2019. In fact, overwhelmingly, consumers agreed that Coon Rapids is safe, clean, inviting and a good investment.
 
The study results have also given us a lot of insight and a roadmap for continued downtown improvements. We will use the data to increase housing options, create a healthy business climate and improve the physical assets of downtown. Interestingly, a pizzeria and women’s clothing boutique topped consumer demands. The study also revealed that Coon Rapids businesses are doing well.  Click here to see what else consumers and businesses had to say about Coon Rapids. 

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Design

The purpose is to encourage the improvement of the Main Street District's physical appearance. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair of this committee is Gayla McCool.



Planter Task Force:
New inspirational planter picks have been placed in the planters on Main Street and the boulevard. These little gems will make you smile and some will even make you think. Check them out as you stroll down the street and see if one or more doesn't make you smile! With the coming of spring, the planters will be filled with colorful flowers, so watch for those in the next couple of months.

The clean-up crew did a mid-winter cleanup and was busy picking up trash and sprucing up Main Street and South Fifth Ave. in February. And this is something every community member can help with at any time. Maybe it's just bending over to pick up a piece of paper, plastic sack, or pop can, or walking a few extra steps to put something in a trash receptacle, it all helps. Every opportunity we can find to make our Main Street more attractive is helpful and welcome. 

Mini-Grants  Just a reminder that $500 mini-grants are still available for any business wishing help with updating signage or the fronts of their buildings. This could be as simple as listing business hours to helping update doors and windows. Click here for more information on the mini-grants.

Want to lend a hand? We can always use more help and ideas. If you would like to help clean up, decorate, make plans for the future of our Main Street or have any skills you'd like to lend, we more than welcome your help.  To volunteer for design projects, click here to email Gayla McCool.

Economic Vitality

The purpose is to strengthen and broaden the economic base of the Main Street District. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair of this committee is Joe Stitz.

Market Studies and Strategies: The results and information from the Market Studies and Strategies (see article above) have recently been made public. Our group reviewed the results with the business community, City Council, Carroll Area Development Corporation and Coon Rapids Development Group in our continued efforts to build a stronger community.

Business After Hours: A Business After Hours will be hosted April 7 at the Raccoon River Social Club at 5:30 pm. This is an opportunity for all Coon Rapids business people to connect with one another, hear MSCR updates and network. Click here download an invitation.

Optimize Your Digital Presence April 12 from 6-8 pm. Ever wonder how you could easily increase awareness and ‘findability’ of your business, organization, or community online? In this hands-on training, we will provide custom recommendations for participating businesses. Bring your laptop and specific questions as this will be a hands-on training. Register early as there is a limit to eight businesses to participate. Click here to download a registration form.

Culinary Contract: We have been working with our local restaurants on a Culinary Contract to help drive local support for our restaurants so that they can be strong and achieve their goals. Each restaurant will be featured one week a month.  We are asking the citizens of our town to agree to dine in/take out from the featured restaurant one time more that week than you already do. We are simply asking the community to add one more dining out experience to their regular eating habits. In return for your consistent participation and loyalty, our restaurant owners have committed to make interior/exterior improvement plans to their physical locations. That may also include new services and different options.   The result will be an improved dining experience!  Restaurant owners will make their plans known with exhibits in their establishments as well as in a newspaper feature for their particular week. Click here for more details.


Portable Photo Box Available:
Businesses, check out our new photo studio box that features integrated LED lights that make it possible to capture high-quality product images with a camera or smartphone.  Take high-quality photos of your products for online or print media. Click on the photo above for details.

To volunteer for economic vitality events click here to email Joe Stitz.

Organization

The purpose is to establish a strong Main Street organization that utilizes a growing number of participants in the implementation and funding of the program. Click here to see their list of plans for 2021. The chair of this committee is Quinn Wurzer.


Pledge Drive:
From our pledge drive this past year we raised $83,994.15 in donations. This money goes back towards revitalizing our Main Street and making it a destination. As a nonprofit, MSCR relies on the generosity of investors to fund our downtown revitalization efforts. We are also grateful to the four local entities – Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities, Iowa Savings Bank, Karl Auto Group and New Way Ford -- who all pledged $10,000 each to the MSCR operating fund. In addition, the City of Coon Rapids has again agreed to provide in-kind support by providing an office for the program and employing the MSCR director.  To read the full story, click here.  Thank you for all of your amazing donations and belief in MSCR! 

Scholarships: Coon Rapids-Bayard students are an important part of our community, and we believe they have the potential to make very valuable contributions to our area. We benefit from having students participate in our projects, during both the planning and execution processes.  They are our future, and we welcome their ideas and participation. To thank them, we are prepared to give two scholarships to seniors this year who have volunteered at least 10 hours of their time toward MSCR. Each scholarship recipient will receive $250. The two recipients will be announced at the CR-B Senior Awards Banquet on May 10.

Business Volunteerism: Encouraging volunteerism within a business can make a real difference in our community and ultimately a business. Employees who feel involved perform better at work and develop a deeper connection with our community. Which is why we are partnering with businesses who donate time to MSCR by allowing their employees to volunteer during work hours. The time they donate will be calculated at an hourly rate of $22.73 as the company's donation to MSCR. For more information, click here.

To volunteer for organization team projects, click here to email Quinn Wurzer.

Promotion

The purpose is to market the downtown district by establishing a unified image and implementing a variety of activities. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair for this committee is Natasha Adams.


Easter Egg Hunt:
It's almost time for Easter! MSCR will host the Annual Egg Hunt on the lawn of Iowa Savings Bank this year on Saturday, April 9. Hunting will begin at 10:00 AM. Age groups are 0-3, PK/K, 1st/2nd, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your cameras for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and his buddies! This year, we will also have live bunnies! We are egg-cited to offer prizes again this year from several local businesses that donated to this fun event. Children and their families will be able to stroll down Main Street and visit local businesses for their prizes found with strips inside of their eggs. We cannot wait to see you there! Huge thank you to: Jen Spangler, Courtney Schroeder, Megan Irlbeck, Jenni King, and Jenna Rosenbeck for all of their hard work in making this event a fun-filled family event. Click here to download the event flyer.


Main Street Block Party:
Main Street Coon Rapids will host their third annual Main Street Block Party on Sunday, May 29 from 2:00 PM to midnight. We will close down two blocks of Main Street for a full afternoon and evening of family and adult activities. One block will be designated the kids' zone with inflatables, face painting, balloon art, games, and more. The other block will be fenced off for a beer garden that will also house an adult bags tournament (2:00 PM) and a band (Happy Endings Band from 7:00 PM until Midnight). We are looking for sponsors to cover the event expenses, reach out if you would be consider sponsoring one of the following:

  • Band - $2,000
  • Inflatables - $800
  • Face painting, balloon art, spin art - $600
  • Platinum Sponsors - $500
  • Gold Sponsors - $250
  • Silver Sponsors - $100

Main Street Retail Road Trip: Coon Rapids teamed up with Manning and Jefferson for a joint Main Street Community day of shopping on March 12!I It was a day full of shopping and good eats in Manning, Coon Rapids and Jefferson. Click here to follow the road trip again.

To volunteer for promotions events, click here to email Natasha Adams.


Reconnect with your community:
As the weather improves, it is time to reconnect with Coon Rapids and everything we have to offer. We have created six itineraries based on art, history, shopping and outdoor recreation. Click here to view all six itineraries and then start your adventure around town.

BUSINESS BEAT


Hardware Hank Grand Re-Opening of their new location April 28-30. Join them for product demonstrations, ribbon cutting ceremony and more. Stay tuned for more details in mid-April.

Natural Expressions Mom and Me Mini Sessions will be available on May 7, 2022, which is Mother's Day Weekend. To book your session, please register here.

Main Street Stats...

Main Street Coon Rapids completes monthly reports to Main Street Iowa regarding volunteerism, building projects and investment dollars in the district. Since our inception August 2019 we have tracked 6,473  volunteer hours from 180 people, $314,419 of private investment, 12 buildings sold, 18 building projects completed and we are a Main Street America Certified community.
Our mission is to create a thriving downtown by nurturing business growth and improvement through increased community involvement and inclusion while being mindful of the past and focusing on the future.

MSCR Board of Directors: Joe Stitz, President, Bryan Spangler, Vice President, Kennedi Cretsinger, Secretary, Julie Winnett,Treasurer, Natasha Adams, Steve Houp, Elizabeth Larscheid, Charlie Nixon, Tory Winnett and Quinn Wurzer
Katie Mason, Executive Director

Contact Information:
406 Main Street, Coon Rapids, IA 50058
(712) 999-GROW
GrowCoonRapids@gmail.com
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