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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
: 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
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
Store-Front Signage Mini-Grants:
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:
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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