Akron Iowa onsite visit update

Akron Iowa onsite visit

Several years ago, I was in Akron, Iowa, population 1,558, for an onsite Idea Friendly visit for one week. They’ve been gathering their crowd, building connections, and taking small steps. Their former mayor, Sharon, sends updates periodically. The following is from her latest email update. We now have seven businesses serving food: Casey’s. Chubs is…

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Be an Idea Friendly board member

Idea Friendly Method

Most of us who actively volunteer and work in a small town will more than likely be a board member of some organization eventually. The first role of any board is the fiscal wellness of the organization. Knowing the mission statement and being familiar with the bylaws, will help guide your decisions. Your job from…

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Great use of an empty building

Kathy Bohn-Bagley of Bohn’s Bones Arts, LLC and Art Spot located at 46 S 1st St E, Malta, MT 59538 shared a story with me about an empty building. I thought you’d like to hear it too!  Milk River Contractors, Inc., headed by Mark Ereaux, conceived of taking an empty building in Downtown Malta, Phillips County,…

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I Quit My Job

My brother called me and said “Did you quit your job?” I answered him “Sure did.  If not now, when?” I’m the Executive Director of the Webster City Area Chamber until March 24.  It’s been four years in this position and I’ve come to love this town I live in.  I’ve met amazing small town…

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2017 Three Words Prelude

Each year I share three words that indicate the path I’m taking. Last year I chose Rise, Secure, Link.  Looking back, I have done those things.  I continue to rise in my path to provide value to those who want it.  I’m secure in who I am.  And I’m a connector, I work hard it.…

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Easy Peasy Promo Pieces

Easy Peasey Promotion We’ve been having some fun here with two websites that are free to use.  The first one is www.unsplash.com  It’s a repository of images that anyone can use for any purpose.  Lovely, hi resolution photos that can you help you tell a story. The second one is www.canva.com  It’s a great site…

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The Committee of Negativity

Some people default to the negative.  You know them.  They say things like “that will never work here” and “we tried that before and it didn’t work.” It can be difficult to reason with that group of people, referred to as ‘the committee of negativity’.  Nothing you say will be taken seriously.  There’s an argument…

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Do The Math

How much revenue could be generated in your town just by setting out a couple of tables in front of restaurants in the summer?  Joe shares some numbers with us.

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Workshop: Filling Empty Buildings

Tuesday, August 16, at 6 pm CST join Becky McCray and I as we present our next workshop: Filling Empty Buildings.     You want to fill up those empty buildings downtown, but all the economic development strategies you find sound like they were written for big cities. You want help that works for a…

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Painting the Streets

Last weekend we painted the streets.  And we weren’t the only ones.  There were lots of us! Arts R Alive, a local group that formed to bring sculptures to West Twin Park back in 2011 and are continuing to do so, got together last year and thought it might be fun to paint the streets…

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