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March Creston Chamber of Commerce Happenings

The Chamber works very hard to promote and showcase the Creston Community as well as being a leadership organization which works to unify and map a course for Creston’s future development. With this in mind I would like to continue sharing information on another committee within the Creston Chamber of Commerce.

The Image Enhancement Committee, which meets monthly, is made up of Chamber Members, representatives of the City Council and other concerned citizens that continually strive to enhance Creston. The goal of this committee is to create and maintain a positive image of Creston through beautification, restoration and enhancement activities. As you can see from the list below, this group has been quite active over the past several years.

In the past, this group has spurred many projects that are in place today or have taken place. These include the Gold Star and Hi-Five Honors, junk houses awareness, Iowana refurbishing, garbage for renters, ‘Welcome to Creston’ sign project with Trees Forever, assisted in the selection of new light heads in Uptown Creston, the large flower pots in Creston, street cleaning and snow removal in Uptown area, city-wide community banners, yards and areas of the month, the ‘Paint Creston’ projects for ten years from 2007 through to 2019, with 52 homes in that ten year period that were painted. They also assisted in updating citywide Christmas decorations with City of Creston.

On an ongoing basis the Image Enhancement Committee is continuing:

• the Paint Creston Beautification Project – details for 2020 Paint Creston will be available to the public in early April.

• to collaborate and work with other groups and organizations in maintaining and improving the image of Creston.

• to work with the city and others on buildings, yards and homes in disrepair and other nuisances.

• ‘Yards of the Month,’ Areas of the month and flower pots of the month. The Image Enhancement Committee is seeking public input on areas that you think this group could assist with to make a difference in Creston. Those with ideas may contact Ellen at the Chamber.

Legislative Coffees

The second Legislative Coffee of this session will be held March 7. The Coffee provides an excellent opportunity for legislators to answer questions or just be available to listen to concerns. The coffee begins 8 a.m. in the mealsite at the Restored Depot in Uptown Creston and lasts for an hour. The Coffee is free and the public is invited to attend. Both Representative Moore and Senator Shipley are planning on attending. The last coffee of this Legislative Session is scheduled for April 11.

2020 Southern Iowa Tourism Guides are Available

The 2020 Southern Iowa Tourism Guides are now available. Those interested may visit the Chamber office and pick up a copy or copies today. The tourism guides are available on line at www.southerniowatourism.com.

Hi-Five Honorees

The following individuals were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in March: Laci Brown, Subway and the Creston Police Department. Congratulations to you all.

Those interested in honoring someone may contact the Chamber.

Gold Star Business Honored

The Chamber honored Coen’s Furniture, 121 North Maple Street as the March Gold Star Business in Creston. They were nominated by a fellow Crestonian because of the appearance both inside and out of their property.

Those interested in acknowledging a business may contact the Chamber.

A reminder to obtain listing of activities in the Creston area, visit the Creston Chamber of Commerce Home Page at www.crestoniowachamber.com. or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Have a great month and remember, Creston - A great place to Visit, Work and call Home.

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