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Business-Oriented Trainings: The Business-Oriented Trainings Task Force hosted their first business-oriented training April 15. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the training was conducted virtually by the Main Street Iowa Team. The training topic covered Social Media for Small Businesses. There were 14 attendees from the Coon Rapids area. With the success of the virtual webinars, we were then able to offer the following webinars: April 29 covered Marketing for Small Businesses; May 5 was titled How to Sell Online for Small Businesses. The recording are available on the MSCR website.

Foodie Friday: The Foodie Friday promotion was to encourage restaurant support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This promotion lasted six weeks concluding on May 22. A total of $180 worth of gift certificates to local restaurants were purchased and given at random to individuals who participated each Friday. Winners were: Brent Reineke to Coon Bowl for Week 1, Alisha Naylor-Lauffer to La Terraza Mexican Restaurant for Week 2, Rachel Kenyon to Kimmes Country Store for Week 3, Jenna Rosenbeck to Frohlich's SuperValu for Week 4, Chris Wernsmann to Cady's for Week 5, and Charlotte Heck to Chuck's Bar & Grill for Week 6.

Business/Building Inventory: A joint task force has been formed between the Design and EV Committees to move forward with updating the business/building inventory for the Coon Rapids Downtown District. If you are interested in volunteering for this task force, please contact Gayla McCool or Kristin Jackson.

Open 4 Business and Challenge Grant: Training for the Open 4 Business competition and Challenge Grant was hosted by the Main Street Iowa Team June 10 virtually. Businesses and committee members were encouraged to attend. The virtual session has been recorded for those who were unable to attend and can be viewed here. The EV Team will form an Open 4 Business task force in October/November for the 2021 contest. They are currently working with three local property owners on the Challenge Grant application.

To volunteer for economic vitality events, click here to email Kristin Jackson or click here to email Joe Stitz.


CR-B 2020 Senior Banners: Each graduating CR-B senior had a banner erected downtown in the beginning of May. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to this project, we exceeded our goal and will be putting the extra donations to a similar project for the graduating Class of 2021.

Adopt a CR-B Senior: To show our graduating CR-B seniors that we care and are thinking about them, an Adopt a CR-B Senior Facebook page was put together. Anyone can "Adopt a Senior" and show them some love by sending them a card, giving them a gift basket, dropping off a snack or just showing them that we support and are thinking of them during this trying time!

Annual Pledge Drive: The Organization Team is gearing up to begin the first annual Main Street Coon Rapids pledge drive. If you pledged an initial three-year pledge already, we will be sending out postcards beginning in August to start collecting this year's pledges. If you have not pledged and would like to donate to the Main Street Coon Rapids program,  click here to donate online or contact the MSCR Executive Director.

Volunteer Appreciation: We love and appreciate our volunteers! Due to COVID-19 we are not planning an in-person volunteer appreciation event this year. However, the Organization Team is brainstorming some alternative ideas to show our volunteers how much they are appreciated! If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.coonrapidsiowa.com/mainstreet to learn how you can get involved!

To volunteer for organization projects, click here to email Liz or click here to email Quinn.


Wayfinding: The Design Committee is working in conjunction with Ben Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates who have been hired by Main Street Iowa to conduct a branding and marketing initiative for Coon Rapids and its historic downtown. The purpose of this effort is to create a consistent image package for the community and its partners. The initiative will build local pride, recruit investment to the community, and market Coon Rapids to visitors. This is an ongoing process.

Grain Bin Artwork: The art task force is continuing to work on the grain bin project with Zach Jones and some mixed art concepts that include metalwork and painting.

Boulevard Landscaping and Team Up to Clean Up: On June 13, there was a planned Main Street clean-up focused on planting and completing the renovation of the Main Street Boulevard. Over two dozen volunteers showed up with rakes, shovels, and lots of energy in order to plant the perennials, grasses, and trees. Eight shadow casters were also installed. This has been an on-going labor of love for those on this task force as they have put in a lot of time cleaning up the debris located on the boulevard, tilling, raking, and getting the site ready for the transplant of the new greenery. Click on the photo above to see a full gallery of photos.
At the same time, volunteers pulled weeds, swept sidewalks and removed dozens of buckets of sand and debris from curb and gutters.

Downtown Building Inventory: A task force is currently conducting research on the commercial buildings downtown. The information collected on the buildings' histories and structural information will make applying for future funding programs more successful. If anyone is interested in helping with this project, please contact the Main Street Coon Rapids Director.

Building Façade Mini-Grants: The Design Committee is putting the final touches on building façade mini-grant applications for property owners in the Coon Rapids Main Street District. Eligible projects include paint, tuck pointing, replacement of windows and doors, as well as the removal of non-conforming elements of a building. The maximum request is $500 per building and is subject to available funding. For more information on the building façade mini-grants, please contact us.

Store-Front Signage Mini-Grants: Another mini-grant opportunity for property and business owners in the downtown district is for storefront signage. Eligible projects are for new wall mount and projecting signage on the exterior of a business. This is a 50 percent matching grant for materials and installation, up to $500.

Commercial Property Maintenance Code Ordinance: Another Design Task Force is working with city council members to create a commercial property maintenance code ordinance. Commercial property maintenance code requirements are intended to preserve the structural integrity of the building and property values while assuring a clean and attractive community. More information will be forthcoming as the city council works through the public hearing process.

To volunteer for design projects, click here to email Gayla McCool.


Scavenger Hunt Games: At the end of May we launched a Scavenger Hunt Game. Participants downloaded two gameboards. Each gameboard had clues to locate letters in downtown business windows. Those letters put together created a winning phrase. Contestants entered their phrase online at the MSCR website. Three winners for each game were drawn for a prize of $25 in Coon Bucks. Congratulations to our winners! Game #1: Jamie Richardson, Kelly Pevestorf, and Rachel Nees. Game #2: Darla Davis, Megan Irlbeck, and Sandy Wurr.

Drive-In Movie Theater: Our next event will be coming soon to a theater near you, and by near you we mean Downtown Coon Rapids! A task force is working to build a large screen that can be assembled downtown to create a drive-in movie experience. We are tentatively planning a date in late July or early August for the first showing, so stay tuned for more details.

Scoop the Loop: Every Friday in April and May were designated Scoop the Loop nights. On average, 30-40 cars cruised downtown. In May, we created themed nights: May 1 - UTV and Golf Cart Parade, May 8 - Cinco de Mayo, May 15 - CR-B Graduate Parade, May 22 - Memorial Day/Patriotic which included a special send-off for Jared Smouse who left for a year-long military deployment, and May 29 - Pets Are Our Best Friends.


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