January 25, 2021

Creston Chamber of Commerce update

By Executive Director Ellen Gerharz, Creston Chamber of Commerce

Happy New Year

For the Creston Chamber of Commerce, 2021 means new activities and ideas, new members as well as new board members. It also means we continue to work with a great group of Chamber businesses, organizations and individuals.

The Creston Chamber is proud of what our community has to offer and will continue working to build upon these areas as we explore opportunities. Creston continues to be the regional hub of southwest Iowa for shopping, education, health care, recreation and tourism as well as many other services. The Chamber will continue to promote and showcase our community and at the same time be a leadership organization that unifies the community.

Please remember to follow the Chamber on Facebook and Twitter – Creston Iowa Chamber. Here you will find the latest events happening in Creston and the Creston area along with information about the many Chamber businesses. It is a quick and easy way to stay informed. Also find the community calendar on the Home Page at www.crestoniowachamber.com.

At this time the Chamber would like to again thank the businesses in Creston who took the time and financial commitment in 2020 to update and improve their properties. Your continuing support of Creston is greatly appreciated.

The Chamber would like to welcome four new Chamber Board Members as we begin the year. They are Susan McNichols, First National Bank; Tim Stebbins, Fareway; Natasha Steffenhagen, PCSB Bank, Bobby Wintermute, Graphic Displays and Brian Davis, Creston City Council Liaison. Thank you all for your commitment to the Chamber of Commerce and Creston.

We realize that the chamber and its membership cannot do this alone. We believe that the more people we can involve, the stronger our community can become. Our image as a people and a city are extremely important to the well being of Creston, now and in the future. We can all benefit by working together and sharing knowledge and experience to make Creston the best it can be in 2021. Our door is always open, along with our email and social media accounts to be reached.

The City of Creston is in need of a motto and logo

The Creston Chamber of Commerce Image Enhancement Committee has volunteered to create a motto and ultimately a logo for the City of Creston with the approval of the Creston City Council. The City currently has neither.

The Committee is starting with the motto since that will impact the logo to some extent. The Chamber is seeking ideas from the public for a possible motto. Our hope is that many of you will submit these ideas to the Committee. The proposed motto can be sent to the Chamber in several ways. Our email address is chamber@crestoniowachamber.com or mailing address is Creston Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 471, Creston, IA 50801. The chamber is also on Facebook and you could certainly share your ideas to us there as well. All possible mottos need to be received at the chamber no later than Jan. 12. We look forward to hearing from you – thank you.

Upcoming Legislative Coffees

During the 2021 Legislative Session, which opens Jan. 11, the chamber will once again provide an opportunity for local people to ask our legislators questions during virtual “Legislative Coffees.” This year we will be combining with Adams and Cass Counties.

The Coffee sessions have been scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10 via Zoom. The Zoom information will be shared as we get closer to each coffee. Currently, Representative Tom Moore and Senator Tom Shipley are planning to attend. Please mark your calendars now and plan on Zooming one or all of the sessions. All coffees are open to the public at no charge.

Hi-Five honorees for January

The following individuals were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in January. Congratulations to Paul Lorenz, PCSB Bank and Tory Parker, First National Bank Branch Office.

The Hi-Five for Service allows us to recognize those who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience. Please call the Chamber with your honoree.

Gold Star Business Honoree

The Chamber congratulates and honors Java J’s this month as the January “Gold Star” business. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building and property. For those who would like to acknowledge a business property for the Gold Star, call the chamber office.

Have a great month and as always, “Creston — A great place to visit, work and call home.”

Ellen Gerharz, executive director, Creston Chamber of Commerce

Ellen Gerharz is the executive director of the Creston Chamber of Commerce. She has held the role of the ED at Creston's Chamber of Commerce since July of 1999. The Creston Chamber of Commerce is located at 208 W. Taylor St., Creston, IA 50801. To reach the chamber, call 641-782-7021 or email chamber@crestoniowachamber.com.