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2019-2020 COMMUNITY PROFILE

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Enjoy elegant dining at Woodfire Grille or casual dining at The Kitchen Buffet.

Rest your head at one of our hotels. Accommodations include the Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express.

Dance and listen live as national and regional acts perform at the Big Wheel Bar every weekend.

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Serving All of North Iowa!

2800 4th St. SW, Suite 3 Mason City, IA 50401

417 Main Ave. Clear Lake, IA 50428

513 Central Ave. Northwood, IA 50459

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Why Go Anywhere Else?

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That’s why we live and work in your community. When it comes to your ďŹ nancial needs and goals, we believe you deserve face-to-face attention. You talk, we listen, and we get to know you. For more information or to schedule a complimentary ďŹ nancial review, call or stop by today.

Jason Geving, AAMSÂŽ Financial Advisor 15 North Federal Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 421-1100

Sara Carlsson, CFPÂŽ Financial Advisor 202 1st Street SE Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 423-2093

Carol Styner Financial Advisor 956 E. State Street Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 424- 6811

David Stine, AAMSÂŽ Financial Advisor 1917 4th Street SW Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 424-0441

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WE’RE PROUD TO CALL HANLONTOWN HOME. At POET, we’re helping transform the world with renewable energy and advance bio-products. In our 12 years at Hanlontown, we’ve always been true to our roots. We know the innovation is the product of hard work. The same values make Hanlontown a great place to live and work.

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WELCOME GET TO KNOW US elcome to a Healthy Hometown community! In recent years, our region has been putting forth special effort to improve total wellbeing, as part of Iowa’s quest to become the Healthiest State. Healthy Hometown communities aim to make the healthy choice, the easy choice, using evidence-based interventions and tools to eat well, move more, and feel better.

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The citizens and businesses of North Iowa have made a commitment to transform the physical, social, and civic environment to improve the emotional and physical health of residents and workers. This process results in lower health care costs, higher productivity, and increased economic vitality.

A progressive educational system and top-tier health care are just a few of the perks you will find here. We invite you to experience North Iowa’s friendly neighborhoods, vibrant economy, and fun things to do! w

Our region benefits from a strong economy, built on a foundation of homegrown businesses and large international firms.

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Mason City Municipal Airport 641-421-3680 www.flymcw.com

We’re More Than Just a Place to Take Your Trash. · FREE Clean Rubble Disposal (bricks, concrete, etc) · ECONOMICAL Yard Waste Drop off · FREE compost and mulch for residents · ECONOMICAL electronic, appliance, and tire recycling · FREE residential hazardous waste disposal. Go ONLINE or call for information or to make an appointment. Small fee for businesses.

New At The Landfill Larger Customer Drop Off Area, Recycling Bin For Plastics, Mixed Paper, Cardboard, Metal, and Habitat For Humanity Restore Donation Drop Off Check our website for additional pricing and services.

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1-866-I-FLY-VIP Flights to and from Chicago O’Hare St. Louis International Airports and Minneapolis - St.Paul

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This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Chamber of Commerce – Serving North Iowa 9 N Federal Ave | Mason City, IA 50401 Phone: (641) 423-5724 | Fax: (641) 423-5725 www.masoncityia.com Copyright© 2018 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square

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assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited.

Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray

WHAT’S INSIDE

President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone

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Welcome At a Glance Vision North Iowa Community Concierge Industry & Commerce Global Familiarization Agribusiness Economic Profile Workforce Worksite Wellness Health Care Transportation Cost of Living

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Homes & Neighborhoods

Vice President / Director | Scott Ray

Community Profile

Production Manager | Joseph Nugara

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Advertiser Index

Education Healthy Hometown Community Worship

Editor | Gail Gaboda Client Liaison / Content Coordinator | Stefanie Nugara

Arts & Culture

Graphic Designer | Kirsten Riedl

Recreation

Ad Production Coordinator | Tiffany Hogan

North Iowa Bucket List

Directory Coordinator | Michael Sumrak

Shopping

Contributing Photos | Best Impressions Photography,

Dining

Bob White Photography, Isaac Hackman Photography, Mod Cheri, Mod Photography, Mercy Medical Center –

History Chamber of Commerce – Serving North Iowa

North Iowa, NIACC Aquisition and Sales Manager | Michael Holmes

Illness • Injury • Service Convenient and Affordable. Quality Medical Care for the entire family.

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Rigorous standards Advanced placement courses Gifted ed programming PK-12 Full continuum of special education services PK-12 5-12 Competency Based Education Opportunities FETC National STEM Excellence AwardMiddle School Division All-day/every-day Kindergarten 4-year-old preschool

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Community School District www.masoncityschools.org

Iowa’s only Grammy Award-winning high school music program NAMM 2016 Best In Communities for Music Education 22 interscholastic sports programs and three clubs Supportive parent and community involvement 21st-century facilities for 21st-century students

Providing Quality Education for All in a Caring and Responsive Environment Mason City Community School District

@Mason CityCSD

Historic Park Inn Last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed & built hotel in the world.

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8,OOO SQ. FT. OF MEETING SPACE 27 UNIQUE SUITES 7 West State Street | Mason City, IA | historicparkinn.com | 641.422.0015 www.masoncityia.com

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AT A GLANCE A QUICK, COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT THE NORTH IOWA REGION ich in history and heavy on charm, North Iowa epitomizes Midwest living. As the largest city in the region, Mason City benefits from its “crossroads” location — almost equidistant from Minneapolis and Des Moines, and convenient to Interstate 35 and Interstate 90. The community serves as the cultural, entertainment, and economic center for the nine-county region.

VIBRANT LIVING A commitment to community well-being, a rich musical heritage, four seasons of fun, and world-class architecture combine to make North Iowa a great place to live.

BOOMING BUSINESS Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is the county’s largest employer, but Fortune 500 companies such as McKesson, Kraft Heinz, Cargill Protein, Principal Financial Group, Smithfield, and Wells Fargo are also well-established as employers of choice. Metalcraft, Kingland Systems, Sukup Manufacturing, and Dealerbuilt are local firms with a global impact. Lehigh Cement operations are a reminder of Mason City’s roots in the cement and brick and tile industry. Our economy is well balanced, and the median household income approaches $48,000. The county’s retail and trade sector serves a nine-county region. Businesses enjoy the transportation advantages of our location at the intersection of major interstate highways and access to a regional airport. Local colleges and technical training institutions help North Iowa maintain a highly-skilled and educated workforce. w

LOCATION POPULATION (U.S. Census Bureau 2017) Cerro Gordo County Mason City Clear Lake

43,006 28,000 7,500

TIME ZONE

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DISTANCE & DRIVING TIME TO MAJOR MIDWEST MARKETS Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 115 miles Des Moines, IA 115 miles Sioux Falls, SD 215 miles Omaha, NE 260 miles Milwaukee, WI 310 miles Kansas City, MO 315 miles Chicago, IL 350 miles St. Louis, MO 420 miles

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ACCOLADES Mason City was named a “Great Place for Business Travelers” by USA Today.

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CNN referred to Mason City as “An Architectural Hotbed.”

The American Planning Association recognized Mason City with its annual “Great Places in America” award, citing its unique character.

Conde Nast Traveler listed Mason City as one of the world’s “14 Best Cities for Architecture.”

Featured on NBC Today Show as one of five “Fast and Affordable Road Trips.”

Named “Best New Midwest Place to Play, Eat and Stay” by Midwest Living.

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Simple, Straight Forward deals. Everyday.

215 15th St. SW, Mason City 641-424-8550 • www.masoncityfordchrysler.com Hours: Mon. & Thurs. 8 am - 7:30 pm • Tues. Wed. & Fri. 8 am - 6 pm • Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm

WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS PLUMBING-HEATING-AIR CONDITIONING

Plumb Supply Company is a distributor of Plumbing, HVAC, Pipes, Valves and Fittings. Covering the state of Iowa with seventeen locations offering midwestern values, strong customer service and a large inventory. Our company has serviced Iowa since 1946.

45 19th Street SW Mason City, Iowa 50401 Bus: 641-423-0164 Toll Free: 800-685-0131 Fax: 641-423-0462 www.plumbsupply.com

1401 S. Eisenhower Ave Mason City IA, 50401 641-421-5100

Cavalier Coaches, Inc.

North Iowa Bus Company, Inc.

(641) 424-2600 P.O. Box 1561 2101 15th Street SW Mason City, Iowa 50401

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Community members gathered in focus groups to discuss the future of North Iowa.

WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL NORTH IOWANS he North Iowa region recently embarked on an economic development strategic planning process, the end product of which will serve as a roadmap for the region’s future economic development activities and investments. Three area organizations, including the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation, Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and Mason City Chamber of Commerce, joined forces to help initiate and facilitate “Vision North Iowa,” the region’s strategic development plan. Consulting firm TIP Strategies gathered data for 10 months and developed a plan based on the input of more than

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1,000 stakeholders; a detailed analysis of demographic, economic and market data; several community site visits; a community perception survey; numerous focus group sessions and public workshops; and an economic development network analysis. The research resulted in a set of goals, strategies, and actions that will propel the North Iowa region toward its vision for the future.

STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS: regional partnerships to 1 Formalize establish strong collaborations for economic advancement. an environment that retains, 2 Create equips and attracts a strong, diverse talent pipeline and increases prosperity for all North Iowans.

the regional economy by 3 Advance retaining, expanding and attracting high-growth companies. existing assets to strengthen 4 Leverage the culture of entrepreneurship and expand the innovation ecosystem. smart, sustainable and shared 5 Ensure economic growth by strategically promoting the region as a destination for investment and expansion. Having identified the region’s assets, opportunities, challenges and risks, community leaders and Vision North Iowa partners are working diligently to capitalize on strengths and overcome challenges, to make North Iowa an even better place to live. w

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COMMUNITY CONCIERGE he Chamber launched the Community Concierge service in fall 2016. The mission of this program is to help employees and their families relocate to the region and forge lasting connections within the community. The Chamber has found, anecdotally, that the trailing spouse and children are often the ones who make the final decision about whether to move to, or stay in, a community. This is why this program’s focus is extended to the entire family, not just the employee. The Community Concierge program has multiple facets, but the primary initiative is a referral service for Chamber member businesses. When an employer is in the final stages of recruiting, or has recently hired, a new executive/physician/plant manager/etc., they refer that employee to the Community Concierge. Assistance may include a personalized, guided tour of Mason City and nearby Clear Lake; employment for a trailing spouse; help locating quality rental housing; connections with the principal or teachers at a child’s future

Personalized, guided tours are offered to prospective employees as part of the recruitment process.

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school; introductions to service clubs, churches and volunteer opportunities; and much more, depending on the individual’s needs.

works in partnership with recruiters from Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa to ensure we attract and retain the best and brightest providers, so patients can feel confident in the care they receive.

The Chamber has also put a special focus on assisting with physician recruitment to ensure North Iowa remains a medical hub for the region. Our Community Concierge

In the long run, this service will not only attract new residents to North Iowa—it will also keep them here. The Chamber of Commerce is excited to see the Community Concierge service continue to grow in the coming years. w www.masoncityia.com

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INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

The Principal serves tens of millions of customers worldwide through a national network of financial professionals and a diverse family of companies.

A COMMUNITY ON THE MARCH ndustry and commerce have thrived in North Iowa since the days of the first settlers. The local cement industry began in the early 1900s and that aspect of the regional economy continues to play an important role. Other founding industries such as brick and tile have come and gone, but each left a mark. Today, Fortune 500 companies work hand-in-hand with local, family-owned businesses to provide a wealth of services and diverse employment opportunities. The area’s largest employer is Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. The medical center and its industry partners provide jobs that add $226.7 million to North Iowa’s economy. Hospital employees alone spend an estimated $72.7 million on retail sales and contribute $4.4 million in state sales tax revenue.

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Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned manufacturer of grain bins, grain dryers, material handling equipment and pre-engineered metal buildings. It is also one of North Iowa’s largest employers.

Other leading employers include the public schools, Curries, Sukup Manufacturing, The Principal Financial Group Pension Center, Smithfield, Cargill Protein, McKesson Corporation, Woodharbor

Custom Cabinetry, Kraft Heinz and Mason City Clinic. Existing industries continue to expand, and many new companies have been attracted to the area through development efforts. Continuous ’

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641-423-4200 800-286-4202 Selling Fire Protection for Over 60 Years!

902 N. Federal Mason City

• INSPECTION • SALES • SERVICE

Residential, Commercial, Agricultural Consolidated Energy is the leading supplier of independent energy to homes and businesses in the area

www.cegas.com 1711 S. Pierce Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 PHONE: 641-423-4510 FAX: 641-423-3185

We’re Here for You! 2650 4th Street S.W. 641-423-7638

Bring your home to life with Woodharbor products to suit any taste, style - and budget! - DESIGN SHOWROOM 641/423-0444 3277 9th Street SW • Mason City, IA Showroom Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5; Sat by appointment

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Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry manufactures four cabinetry product lines from a state-of-the-art facility in Mason City and employs nearly 200 full-time workers in North Iowa.

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expansion and investment by several of the region’s most influential employers help the region to thrive and are a tribute to its quality workforce. North Iowa is on the leading edge of renewable fuel creation, hosting ethanol plants, a bio-diesel plant, and several wind farms. Through the development and planning stages, businesses can count on the Chamber and its partners to assist with site location, job training assistance, access to capital, incentive packages, and assistance with regulatory requirements. The region boasts several industrial parks, spec buildings, and a varied inventory of commercial real estate including sites ranging from five to 300 acres. A well-educated and highly skilled workforce combines with a low cost of doing business to place this area at the top of any site selector’s list. w

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J&J MACHINING, WELDING & FABRICATION Over 50 Years Combined Experience Formerly Thomas Machine Co. Welding ★ Repair Fabrication ★ Portable Welding Truck Frame Shortening/Stretching Aluminum & Stainless Welding & Sales Plate Rolled ★ Cast Welding Drive Shaft Repair & Parts

641-424-3456 1580 15th St. SW Mason City, IA

We Sell Steel

Employee-Owned • Industry Leader • Community-Focused

Restore Fire & Water Damage Restoration Specialist

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

ServiceMaster of Mason City 641-424-0155 | 800-234-2108 20847 Osprey Avenue www.smofmc.com

Helping People Work Celebrating 50 years in 2019

Disabilty is Diversity • Student & Adult Employee Development and Placement

ID Solutions for Any Application RFID - Barcode - Sensors Custom Tag & Label Manufacturing

• Outsource for Assembly & Pallets Affordables Resale Stores & JavaWorks

Services, Inc. 641-423-3301

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Larry Elwood Construction

Residential & Commercial | Heating & Air Conditioning

We Service All Makes and Models - Commercial & Residential - New Equipment Sales - Heating & Air Conditioning - Geothermal - Plumbing - Backflow Testing, Install, & Repair - Boiler System Install & Repair - Radiant Infloor Heat Sales & Service - Commercial Refrigeration Install & Repair - Infrared Heating Systems - Central Boiler Outdoor Wood Furnace Sales - Custom Sheetmetal

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he Chamber views Global Familiarization Trips as a way to assist in the transition to a global economy. For the most part, these destinations are important U.S. trading partners that Iowans may not feel comfortable traveling to on their own.

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GLOBAL FAMILIARIZATION

In 2018, the Chamber hosted a customized trip to Japan.

President Dwight Eisenhower considered global travel to be the passport to world peace. “I have long believed that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals,” he said. The program is directed toward helping Iowans understand the culture, customs, and history of other countries as one step toward bringing the people of the world closer together.

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Travelers to South Africa not only experienced the cultures of Johannesburg and Cape Town, but they also experienced the wildlife in Kruger National Park.

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The Global Familiarization trips are available to Chamber members and friends of the Chamber. The list of upcoming destinations are sure to bring a mix of new cultural experience to travelers: • Spring 2019: Portugal & Spain (March 8-16, 2019) • Fall 2019: Australia & New Zealand (October 29-November 12) Chamber travelers pictured with the Norman Borlaug statue in India.

Since the program began in 2011, through 2018, the Chamber has hosted 16 trips to 11 different countries: • China (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) • India (2012) • Turkey (2012) • Cuba (2014)

• Australia & New Zealand (2015) • Peru (2016) • Egypt (2016) • South Africa (twice in 2017, 2018) • Germany (2018) • Japan (2018)

• Spring 2020: Russia • Fall 2020: India • Spring 2021: Panama • Fall 2021: Thailand & Hong Kong Contact the Chamber at (641) 423-5724 or chamber@masoncityia.com for more information on our upcoming Global Familiarization opportunities. w

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Farmers’ markets and produce auctions are common practice in North Iowa.

AGRIBUSINESS FEEDING THE WORLD orth Iowans are proud of our role in feeding the world. The global food and agricultural sector faces a tremendous challenge. Authorities project that food production must increase 70

percent by 2050 in order to keep pace with global population growth and changing diets. Modern agriculture is not restricted to large-scale, capital intensive agricultural

production. Science and technology contribute to the transformation of operations of all sizes. In Iowa, agriculture employs one out of every six workers. In addition, ag-related industries are responsible for 27 percent of the state’s

Serving Communities of North Central Iowa www.nicoop.com

105 S. 1st St. • P.O. Box 90 Thornton, IA 50479 641-998-2711 Portland Plymouth 641-423-5311 641-696-3382 United L.P. Clear Lake Mason City 641-357-5274 641-423-4011 20

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economic output, and $1 of every $10 in personal income. Our region, which encompasses some of the world’s richest farmland, is also home to agribusinesses and value chains such as food processing and biofuel production. These businesses work side-byside with organic growers and local foods producers. North Iowa is at the forefront of finding ways to combine new scientific knowledge and traditional sources of knowledge and tradition to address concerns for the environment, harmony of land use, and the amenities of rural life that is our heritage. w Local farmers deliver trucks full of seed corn to be made into ethanol.

Understanding the True Value of Your Farm

Wholesale and Retail Lubricants ■ Oil Fuel & Air Filters ■ Automotive ■ Agriculture ■ On & Off Road Heavy Duty Celebrating more than 100 Years of Service to North Iowa

1515 18th St. SW Mason City Iowa ■ 641-423-0734 ■ 800-383-5823

• Farmland Sales & Acquisitions • Professional Farm Management • Farmland Auctions • Trusted Appraisals

2800 4th St. SW, Suite 7, Mason City, IA 50401

641.423.9531

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Healthcare is the region’s largest employment sector, providing more than 31,000 jobs.

ECONOMIC PROFILE ogether, Mason City and Clear Lake draw a labor pool from the 15 surrounding counties, encompassing a population of approximately 195,000. Our region has a strong heritage of extremely hard working manufacturing and agricultural workers that are heralded for their productivity in comparison to counterparts across the country. w

Employment

Source: JobsEQ

Education, health & social services | 25.5%

$150,000+ | 4.6% $30,000-$149,000 | 61.5% Less than $30,000 | 33.9% Average household income = $54,438 AIR QUALITY Index (AQI) Level: 21.6 (Significantly better than U.S. average 32.0)

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Source: Iowa IRS’s Retail Sales and Use Tax Annual Report (FY 2017)

Health care | 20.8% Manufacturing | 16%

Government | 11%

Number of firms

2,948 W AT E R Q U A L I T Y Very high quality; Electrodialysis Reversal treatment process.

6.0% 1.0% Local sales tax 7.0% Lodging tax

State sales tax

Retail trade | 13.1%

Household Income

TAXES

Self-employed | 5%

$730,161,430 Annual retail sales Motor Vehicle Use Fees

14,165 vehicles

$4,479,971

Annual lodging T A X receipts Mason City $745,574 Clear Lake $402,721

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Prompt Professional Service

Mason City Glass Service Distributors of:

Aluminum Entrances Automatic Door Operators Custom Glass & Mirror Frameless Shower Enclosures www.Masoncityglass.com P 641-423-3960 F 641-423-3964

2127 S. Federal Ave. Mason City, IA 50401

700 25th St. NW Mason City IA • 641-421-3400

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WE WANT YOUR SCRAP!

Turn scrap metal into cash. Alter is paying TOP PRICE for your scrap metal! Buyers of all scrap metals: Copper, Brass, Aluminum, Steel, Cars and more!

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115 8th Street SE • Mason City, IA (641) 423-6686 • (641) 424-8423

Certified ISO 9001 ISO 1401 12050 W. State St. Mason City, IA Phone: 641-424-9521

www.blazekelectric.com

1750 S. Benjamin Avenue | Mason City, IA 50401

P:641-494-2200 F:641-494-2237

Serving North Iowa Since 1932! www.iowaheartland.org 1602 S. Monroe Ave. Mason City Ph: 641-424-5391 Toll Free: 866-571-5066

www.cargill.com

We are hiring! www.cargill.com/careers

In the business of better health. As the leader in healthcare services and information technology, McKesson Corporation is committed to better health — better health for our customers and their patients, for our employees and for the communities where we reside.

mckesson.com

Clear Lake Distribution Center 2101 12th Avenue South, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

©2015 McKesson Corporation. All rights reserved. PHARMA-09863-G-10-15

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NIACC, the area community college has a state of the art Health Simulation Center that provides a realistic, simulated clinical learning environment for students.

s the largest cities in North Iowa, Mason City and Clear Lake serve as the regional hub for business, drawing a labor pool from 15 surrounding counties and creating one of the state’s largest laborshed regions at more than 140,000. This provides employers with a metropolitan-sized labor force, as well as workers that are rated highly for dependability and work ethic by existing employers. A high-quality, strong and dependable workforce is vital to

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A program of the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership North Iowa focuses on empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

the economy, and North Iowa is uniquely situated to provide one of the best. The Chamber understands employers must have access to a quality, well-trained workforce, with an emphasis on worker attraction/ retention, worker training/new skills, and career and technical education. A strong partnership among the North Iowa Corridor EDC, IowaWORKS North Iowa, and North Iowa Area Community College works to ensure that customized training and employeehiring opportunities are available to area employers. w

Many local businesses provide hands-on training for employees.

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WORKSITE WELLNESS

Worksites in North Iowa care about their employees and several offer healthy options at breaks rather than a typical vending machine.

eople who know their purpose live up to seven years longer than those who don’t. North Iowa employers provide challenging, fulfilling work and have a proven commitment to worksite wellness. By creating worksites that emphasize positive well-being principles and support systems, the business community benefits from the sustained well-being of employees, resulting in improved performance. More than 40 businesses in North Iowa have committed to making the health and well-being of their employees a priority. They empower employees to collaborate, innovate, and offer superior goods and services. They support employees and their families in feeling their best so they can perform at their best. Changing social

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Metalcraft, Inc. winner of the 2017 Workplace Wellness Award, offers wellness classes to its employees.

norms and environments in the workplace has resulted in a 15 percent improvement in worker well-being, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Assessment.

The Chamber’s Worksite Wellness standing committee serves as a resource to local businesses to sustain worksite wellness efforts. w

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HEALTH CARE TOP-QUALITY HEALTH CARE, CLOSE TO HOME

orth Iowans have access to the very best in health care. Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has a reputation for quality based upon past performance and a total dedication to excellence. Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has received both state and national recognition for their Birth Center, Bariatric Center, Heart & Vascular Institute, Center for Breast Health, Cancer Center, Stroke Center, Diabetes Center, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, home care and laboratory services. The area is extremely privileged to have a health care organization with this size, stature and breadth of medical specialties and capabilities. Local specialists in cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic and vascular surgery, urology, dermatology, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, dialysis and many other fields supplement a strong network of family physicians, internists, obstetrics/gynecology specialists and pediatricians. ’

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Where patient's become

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Main Office - 2800 4th St. S.W., Suite 1, Mason City, IA 50401 Phone: 641-424-8062 Belmond Office - 311 E. Main St., Belmond, IA 50421 Phone: 641-444-4477 Britt Office - 311 S. Main Ave., Britt, IA 50423 Phone: 641-843-3827 www.masoncityia.com

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Medical specialists in private clinics treat patients of all ages. The area’s largest, Mason City Clinic, is located on Mercy’s East Campus and is managed by the basic tenet that specialists working together in the same organization can provide patientcentered services in one convenient location.

In addition, each month physicians travel to rural communities throughout the 14-county area, ensuring rural residents receive needed specialty care close to home. Health care does not end with a visit to the family doctor in Mason City. Chiropractors,

optometrists, dentists, and therapists are readily available. North Iowa senior citizens have the choice of several independent living facilities, assisted-living complexes, nursing homes, and adult day care/health facilities. For those wishing to remain at home, ’

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Kentucky Ridge 2060 South Kentucky Ave Mason City, IA 50401 641-423-5707

The Manor 43rd Street Northwest Mason City, IA 50401 641-424-1740 Shalom Tower I 304 3rd St NE Mason City, IA 50401 641-424-1740 Shalom Tower II 321 4th St NE Mason City, IA 50401 641-424-1740 Prairie Place on 1st 320 1st St NE Mason City, IA 50401 641-424-1740

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Phone: 641-424-0301 Visit our website at northiowaperiodontics.net

Board Certified Ophthalmologists Randall S. Brenton, M.D. Mark D. Meyer, M.D. Brandt M. Riley, D.O. Melissa Summerfield, M.D Bradney L. Carter D.O. Therapeutically Certified Optometrists Vonda J. Capper, O.D.

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Come see us and receive $500 in FREE services! • FREE Video Otoscopy** • FREE Hearing Screening • FREE 2-Week Product Trial*** Call 641-424-1111 or visit connecthearing.com

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the Meals on Wheels program helps seniors maintain good nutritional health without the worry of preparing meals. For social interaction, senior centers in Clear Lake, Mason City and Ventura offer a well-rounded calendar of activities each month. North Iowa residents enjoy the technology, services, and resources of a major modern medical center within a family atmosphere of a hometown health care center. w

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We assure children become successful adults

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Air Choice One flies the Cessna Grand Carvan in and out of Mason City. This top-ofthe-line aircraft features plus leather seats, extra legroom, and temperature control.

TRANSPORTATION YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE! deally located on Interstate 35, Mason City and Clear Lake are midway between Des Moines and Minneapolis. Mason City is bordered to the south by the Avenue of the Saints (US 18/IA 27), which links St. Paul to St. Louis. In addition, Mason City is centrally located in the Midwest, within easy driving distance to major markets such as Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. The “North Iowa Corridor” is the hub of our centrally-located transportation

network. Interstate 35 splits the region, the four-lane divided Avenue of the Saints (US 18/IA 27) borders Mason City to the south, and Interstates 80 and 90 are both close by.

The Mason City Municipal Airport offers easy access, streamlined security, free parking, and free terminal Wi-Fi.

The region is served by two Class I railroads, Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific, one short-line railroad, Iowa Traction, and the Manly Terminal rail intermodal. The Mason City Municipal Airport offers daily commercial flights to and from Minneapolis and Chicago O’Hare, and weekday flights to St. Louis. w

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Alignments Batteries Brakes Oil Changes Repairs Suspension & Tires

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LIFETIME OIL • TIRES • BATTERY

721 S. Monroe, Mason City, IA

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WHEEL MAN AUTO LLC FINANCING AVAILABLE

JERRY FLAHERTY OWNER 1201 South Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 findcars.com

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2111 S. Federal Ave. • Mason City

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Your collision repair specialists since 1976 • Recognized as a certified repair facility for - GM, Ford, Honda, Chrysler Corp. & Nissan • Auto detailing • Lifetime warranty on paint & body • We handle all insurance needs

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COST OF LIVING A BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK ow does Mason City stack up when it comes to cost of living? The Chamber participates in research to assist the Council for Community and Economic Research in producing the quarterly Cost of Living

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Index. Raw data from metropolitan and micropolitan areas across the United States is analyzed to compare the cost of living in various geographic locations.

– the most expensive place to live – has an index of 228.2. The least expensive locale in the study is McAllen, Texas, with an index of 76.4.

According to 2018 data, Mason City has an index of 88.5. By comparison, New York City

Here’s an example of how to use this information: Assume that City A has a

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composite index of 98.3 and City B has a composite index of 128.5. If you live in City A and are contemplating a job offer in City B, you can calculate how much of an increase in your after-tax income is needed to maintain your present lifestyle. In this case, 30.72 percent, or about a 31 percent increase in aftertax salary to maintain the same living standard. The table above illustrates the most recent data for area Micro-Urban communities. (100.0 represent the mean; the lower the percentage, the lower the costof-living.) Mason City compares very favorably to our peer Midwest communities. w

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HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS NORTH IOWA NEIGHBORS healthy “habitat” is necessary for well-being. Habitat comprises the places where we spend most of our waking hours – workplaces, homes, grocery stores, schools, and restaurants. Whichever way you turn, North Iowa provides a great environment to live, learn, and do business. A micropolitan region, Mason City and Clear Lake offer the small-town atmosphere – low crime rate, excellent

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schools, affordable housing and amenities – without sacrificing important assets. Just one look around shows how much people care about their homes and neighborhoods. Yards are well maintained, and most housing is owner- occupied. The area boasts several exquisite residential developments for discerning buyers. The average sale price for a home is $128,424, with the median sales price at $105,000. A nice inventory of properties is available in all price ranges. In the past year, the

average days on market was 126 days. (Based on information from the Greater Mason City Board of Realtors – Mason City Multiple Listing Service for 2017). Housing is affordable and plentiful. Home styles embrace the region’s heritage while incorporating modern convenience. A wide range of styles, from the historic and classically designed Prairie homes in Rock Crest/Rock Glen to modern waterside dwellings are located throughout the area’s welcoming neighborhoods. Many ’

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HVAC • Plumbing g • Mechanical Contractors & Engineers

Est. 1896

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Heating • Air Conditioning • Plumbing • Ventilation • Geothermal • Piping Refrigeration • Metal Fabrication • Backflow Prevention • Free Estimates!

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Julie McQuaid, CRS, GRI, SRES, CLHMS Broker - Owner

Licensed Real Estate Professional in the State of Iowa Office: (641) 357-3330 • Cell: (641) 529-3799 Email: jmcquaid@cltel.net 415 1st Avenue South • P.O. Box 902 • Clear Lake, IA 50428 “*Buy or Sell a Home With Us, Use our Moving Truck FREE.” *Some restrictions apply.

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Several neighborhoods in North Iowa offer easy access to walking and biking trails in the community.

condos and twin homes are available for those who desire less upkeep, while neighbors with green thumbs can choose from the many homes with spacious yards and gardens. A beautiful lakefront dotted with year-round and summer homes can be found in Clear Lake. Those looking for a place on the water, both Clear Lake and Mason City offer lakefront options. Renters have a choice of houses, duplexes, and apartments throughout the area, including downtown apartment living in Mason City and Clear Lake. Neighborhood parks and community gardens bustle with activity, and block parties and neighborhood gatherings are a frequent sight. Several options are available for senior living in North Iowa. Seniors who choose to live in their own houses have access to home health services. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are located throughout the county. The hometown spirit runs strong in North Iowa, and your future neighbors are waiting to show you what Midwest hospitality is all about. w

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The IOOF Home Community & Therapy Center is one of several options available for senior living in North Iowa.

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Apartments and Townhomes for Rent Income Restrictions Apply:

Lake Plaza Apartments

20 N. 4th St., Clear Lake • 641-357-2009

Proud to be Family-Owned & Operated since 1958 GENERAL CONSTRUCTION | DESIGN-BUILD | CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Independent Living for Ages 55+ 1 & 2 BR Apts., units from 627-866 sq. ft.

Legacy Manor of Mason City

3310 9th St. SW, Mason City • 641-423-1005 Independent Living for Ages 55+ 2 BR Apts., all units 800 sq. ft.

Legacy Manor of Mason City II

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3300 9th St. SW, Mason City • 641-424-4556 Independent Living for Ages 55+ 2 BR Apts., 800-1648 sq. ft.

Meadow Lake Apartments/Townhomes

1109 Buddy Holly Place, Clear Lake • 641-357-5119 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts., 3 BR Townhomes, units from 656-1120 sq. ft.

Pebble Creek Apartments/Townhomes

198 S. Grover Ave., Mason City • 641-423-4994 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts., 3 & 4 BR Townhomes, units from 625-1429 sq. ft. For pictures or more information, visit www.newburyliving.com www.masoncityia.com

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COMMUNITY PROFILE Cerro Gordo County

orth Iowa citizens are hard at work adopting the proven strategies to improve the region’s showing in the GallupHealthways Well-Being Index. This measure is the preeminent source for health and well-being data in the United States.

(Source: JobsEQ)

Ethnicity

1.6% Black .3% Native American 1.1 4.4% Asian Hispanic

Local leaders use the index findings to quantify and benchmark the well-being of employees and citizens to make informed decisions regarding health benefits, work environments, corporate culture, and

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Educational Attainment Graduate/professional 6% degree

3.1% Swedish

25.4%

16.9% Bachelors degree

9.6% English 5.1% Greek

28.9%

Some college, no degree

40.2% German

17.8% Associate degree

13.3% Irish

High school diploma

ANCESTRY

(population age 25+)

16.3% Norwegian

Median household income

$47,788

$115,900

Median gross rent

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Weather

Median home price

Mason City has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons. Average WINTER temperatures are 18.2 degrees F and average SUMMER temperatures are 70.7 degrees F. Annual RAINFALL averages 31.4 inches and annual SNOWFALL averages 37.8 inches.

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education A CORE COMMUNITY VALUE

We are proud to serve North Iowa. Thank you to the students, alumni, families, community members, businesses, and industry partners that have put their trust in us since 1918. We look forward to growing these relationships far into the future.

owa’s workforce is educated and productive. The state has taken a proactive approach to transform its public education system to focus on student achievement and meeting the skills gap. Quality education to ensure a quality workforce is a shared community value.

AN ARRAY OF CHOICES PUBLIC SCHOOLS Test scores prove Iowa’s public schools are doing a tremendous job. The Mason City Community School District and Clear Lake Community Schools take pride in promoting learning for all ages. Instructional programs are coordinated Pre-K to grade 12 with 16-1 (Mason City) student/teacher ratios to ensure all students experience consistent and coherent programming. All public school teachers are licensed in their assigned teaching areas. In Mason City, the district is organized to provide developmentally-appropriate learning environments in state-of-the-art buildings. Elementary schools serve PK-4, the Intermediate School for grades 5-6, and Middle School for grades 7-8. Mason City High School includes grades 9-12. In Clear Lake, schools are organized PK-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

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Our new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) wing features the latest in design and technology. Spacious, flexible classrooms, state-ofthe-art labs, and ample collaborative spaces emphasize connectivity between faculty and students and inspire innovative learning.

High school students benefit from a large choice of Advanced Placement courses, courses offered in partnership with North Iowa Area Community College, and many other post-secondary enrollment options. In addition, Mason City’s outstanding music education program has received national recognition, including designation by the Grammy Foundation as a “Grammy Signature School.” Mason City High School was one of just a few high schools across the nation to receive such a recognition and the only Iowa high school to be recognized. The public schools take pride in responding to the needs of all learners through a full spectrum of services, from special education programming to gifted education services. ’ www.masoncityia.com

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Private Christian-based schools are available for students of all ages. The Newman Catholic School System offers a traditional parochial school education to students of preschool age through the 12th grade on a single integrated campus. Newman provides a safe environment for Christian learning while emphasizing

intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values. The ratio of students to teachers is 17-to-1. The day care center, preschool, and school are open to children of all faiths. North Iowa Christian School is another choice for parents seeking a faith-based learning environment. The school features quality teachers and academics, a warm environment, and close communication with parents. Students enjoy a student-toteacher ratio of 7-to-1.

PRESCHOOL Early childhood education is a community value. Voluntary 4-year old free pre-K programs are available from multiple sources, thanks to partnerships with the Mason City Community School District. In addition, parents can choose from several quality private programs and integrated day care/learning environment at a choice of convenient locations.

Each of these educational choices promotes a sense of belonging for young people and families. North Iowa schools are focused on developing social circles of healthy-minded, supportive people.

CHARLIE BROWN PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE CENTERS

Infants & Toddlers 6 weeks-2 yrs Preschool Before and After School 5-12 yrs old Summer Programs

NEWMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS edducating the mind, heart & Spirit

Childca are through 12th grade on one campus! Call ttoday for a tour! 641.423.6939 244 45 19TH ST. SW MASON CITY, IA

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ALWAYS LEARNING AND GROWING NORTH IOWA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Business and educators in North Iowa work together closely to ensure students are well-prepared for the workforce. Mason City is home to North Iowa Area Community College, which serves a ninecounty region in North Iowa. In addition to traditional degree programs, the college boasts many excellent continuing education and training courses, which are heavily utilized by industries throughout North Iowa. Within the past three years, the college has opened a new Diesel Technology Center, a Health Simulation Center and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) wing to provide traditional and continuing education students with innovative, state-of-the-art learning facilities. North Iowa Area Community College believes a good education leads to a prosperous future not only for the student, but also for the student’s family

and community. To help facilitate this, the college makes every effort to keep tuition low and offers over $1 million in scholarships each year.

THE JOHN PAPPAJOHN ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER Located on the North Iowa Area Community College campus, the entrepreneurial center helps to spur economic growth by providing programs, services and resources for aspiring and existing business owners. Programs include business start-up and expansion services, technical assistance, access to capital, creating entrepreneurial communities and regions, and entrepreneurial education.

BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY Buena Vista, based in Storm Lake, operates a satellite campus at North Iowa Area Community College. They offer a professional and online studies program with 19 majors and secondary education endorsements in a variety of flexible formats.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL Purdue Global offers degree and certificate programs in fields such as health, education, social and behavioral sciences,

business, criminal justice, information technology and legal occupations at its Mason City campus and online.

LAJAMES COLLEGE OF COSMETOLOGY-MASON CITY Students at LaJames earn their Iowa license in cosmetology, nail technology, and massage therapy.

WORLD WIDE COLLEGE OF AUCTIONEERING Mason City’s auction college (which ranks first in educating world-class auctioneers) trains students in developing the auction chant, bookings, laws and licenses, appraisals, advertising, personal image, and many other aspects of the auctioneering industry.

KINNEY PIONEER MUSEUM The early legacy of the region is preserved at the Kinney Pioneer Museum near the Mason City Airport. The living history and vintage exhibits transport patrons back to life on the Western frontier. The pioneer village blacksmith shop and log cabin feature frequent demonstrations. A visit to the museum is the perfect activity for lifelong learners. ’

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In addition to these educational opportunities, Mason City and Clear Lake are only a short distance to many other colleges and universities, several of which have local course offerings, including satellite Masters programs. w

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WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY. WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION SOLUTIONS. Online Programs Tailored for Working Adults in Iowa Our personal approach to helping you meet core business objectives goes far beyond training your workforce. As your strategic partner, we’ll help develop a customized plan to: • Address your workforce talent needs and skills gaps. • Develop employees’ skills and identify growth opportunities. • Provide affordable and accessible education solutions. • Maximize your educational investment with more than 180 program options.

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Continue on the path toward your bachelor’s degree in Mason City! Sign up for BVU’s dual admissions program within your first two semesters at NIACC. Classes are available online, face-to-face, and in blended course formats.

100% of your degree will transfer to BVU!

BENEFITS: At NIACC, you’ll gain access to BVU personal advising and mentoring, early orientation and scheduling, and assistance from a financial specialist who will answer your questions regarding financial aid and FAFSA. • In addition to all the great services, you could also be eligible for a free class at BVU! • Students who apply after the second semester are still eligible for admission.

Call us at 712.749.1950, stop in to our office at NIACC, or apply at BVU.edu/Apply.

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Mason City hosts a Farmers’ Market twice a week, MayOctober offering locally-grown produce and goods.

healthy hometown community A PLACE WITH HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, AND MORE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS HEALTHY-MASON CITY In 2014, Mason City was named a Certified Blue Zones Community. Four years later, the community continues its efforts to improve the overall well-being of citizens by making the transition from the Blue Zones Project to Wellmark’s Healthy Hometown program. Healthy-Mason City is backed by the Healthiest State Initiative that assists communities in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of policies, programs and environments for promoting health and

well-being. Through this initiative, communities are provided with the tools to take action to make their environment healthier and safer.

EAT WELL Thirty years ago obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population. Today, two out of every three adults are overweight or obese. So, why do waistbands continue to grow? More than 75 percent of kids don’t eat green vegetables daily and instead consume items such as soda and potato chips. North Iowa restaurants have implemented healthier choices on their menus, and a local farmers market is held bi-weekly in the summer months. Mason City also hosts a number of community gardens, including a working greenhouse at the Intermediate School, where kids can grown their own produce.

MOVE MORE Transportation systems are designed for cars instead of people, resulting in reduced

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walkability. Adults walk less than 5,000 steps a day and the number of kids who walk to school declined from 48 percent in 1969 to 16 percent in 2011. Even social connections are often virtual, instead of face-to-face. Walking paths are plentiful in North Iowa and bike trails connect the neighboring communities. Businesses encourage walking meetings and stretch breaks. Mason City has also recently installed a new bike share program for citizens and visitors.

FEEL BETTER Day-to-day activities and surroundings affect health and well-being. When citizens band together to make healthier choices easier, the results are extraordinary. Citizens and businesses in North Iowa have made a commitment to improve the emotional and physical health of residents and workers, resulting in a happier, healthier community. w

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worship esidents of North Iowa are deeply rooted in their faith. People embrace the religious diversity that exists in the community, where Catholic Masses and Lutheran sermons are among the voices heard. The First Congregational United Church of Christ built a chapel in Mason City shortly after the area was settled. Today, more than 55 congregations representing many denominations meet weekly to uplift, strengthen and support one another. Newcomers to the area are welcomed and are encouraged to find a worship service to meet their needs. Each congregation has its own personality, and you are sure to find one that suits you. North Iowans are servant-leaders. Volunteers hold frequent food drives to fill the Hawkeye Harvest Food Pantry and serve daily meals at Community Kitchen.

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The homeless are offered shelter at Trinity House of Hope and the Northern Lights Homeless Shelter. In a time of emotional need, people can turn to their choice of top-notch counseling options. Cultural diversity and religious diversity go hand-in-hand, as many faiths are represented in Cerro Gordo County. Recommit, reconnect, or explore a new faith-based community. A congregation warmly awaits you. Local churches provide an opportunity for family experiences and expanding your social circle to include healthyminded, supportive people. The following churches are members of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and welcome your participation: e First Baptist Church e First Congregational United Church of Christ

e First Covenant Church e First United Methodist Church e Grace United Methodist Church e Praise Community Church e Rolling Acres Christian Reformed Church e St. James Lutheran Church e St. John’s Episcopal Church e Trinity Lutheran Church w

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First Baptist Church SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES: Radio Message on KGLO 7:30 am Prayer 8:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:30 am

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ARCHITECTURE arcelona, Spain. Istanbul, Turkey. Tel Aviv, Israel. Florence, Italy. Miami, Florida. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Marrakech, Morocco. Seattle, Washington. Oxford, England. Portland, Oregon. Chandigarh, India. Mason City, Iowa. What do these cities have in common? According to Conde’Nast Traveler, these are the “World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers.”

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: AMERICA’S GREATEST ARCHITECT Although not a native North Iowan, famed architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright made his mark during an early 1900s stay in Mason City. Local attorneys and businessmen James Markley and James Blythe commissioned Wright to design a new hotel and bank building that incorporated their law offices. Markley’s neighbor, Dr. G.C. Stockman, persuaded Wright to design a residence for his family.

THE HISTORIC PARK INN HOTEL The Park Inn Hotel is the world’s only remaining hotel designed by Wright. The ambitious renovation was completed in fall 2011 when it opened as a 27 room boutique hotel and conference center. The hotel

includes an upscale restaurant and lounge, conference rooms and a ballroom. Many of the hotel’s original features remain. Guided tours are provided daily by trained docents.

THE STOCKMAN HOUSE MUSEUM The Stockman House designed by Wright and built in 1908 for Dr. George and Eleanor Stockman as their family home, is now a museum. It is restored to its 1908 presentation and furnished with period pieces, reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright furnishings, and original possessions from the Stockman family.

ROCK CREST/ROCK GLEN HISTORIC DISTRICT This development was completed in the early 1900s by colleagues from Wright’s Oak Park Studio who worked on The Park Inn/City National Bank project. The young architects eagerly accepted commissions for projects in the booming community, because Wright, who was notorious for mismanaging his finances, was frequently late in making payroll. The Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood is the largest collection of Prairie School architecture that is unified by a common setting in the world.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR Visitors can purchase a guidebook at the Historic Architecture Interpretive Center and embark on a selfguided tour of Mason City’s unique architecture. The Interpretive Center houses a gift shop and informative exhibits.

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MUSIC The Surf books many high-profile entertainers each year who are eager to play concerts in this historic venue.

A love for music is deeply entrenched in our region’s heritage. Composer Meredith Willson gave Mason City the nickname of “River City” in his Broadway musical “The Music Man,” which he wrote as a valentine to his hometown.

VOCAL MUSIC Mason City sings! The Mason City High School Vocal Music Department has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation for its outstanding program. Its choirs are routinely invited to perform at national competitions and world class venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

North Iowa’s signature celebration is the annual Band Festival, held Memorial Day weekend in Mason City. It serves as a tribute to the community’s rich musical heritage and talented young musicians who carry on this tradition.

THE MUSIC MAN SQUARE

The River City Barbershop Chorus is a men’s chorus of volunteer musicians who perform across the region. It originated in 1922 as the Chamber of Commerce Glee Club, and transitioned to the Barbershop Chorus in

A sculpture of famous composer and musician Meredith Willson greets visitors to The Music Man Square, where the sounds of his music fill the air. At the heart of the square are the Meredith Willson Museum and the Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, which display artifacts from his life.

ROCK & ROLL LEGENDS

The Mason City High School has been performing Follies since 1948.

1952. The organization allows men of all ages and walks of life to enjoy camaraderie and amplify their love of music, while touching the hearts of loyal fans. The Una Vocis Choral Ensemble is open to adult singers through audition. In 2013, they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall with choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.

TUNES FOR THE TOWN

“The Day the Music Died” is remembered each February during the “50s in February” celebration, held at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. This annual tribute honors the memory of the original Winter Dance Party at the venue where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson performed their final concert. The three singers perished in a plane crash just outside of Clear Lake in 1959.

The Music Man Square attracts visitors from across the country to see the 1962 streetscape from The Music Man and the Meredith Willson Museum.

To showcase Mason City’s rich musical heritage, the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce’s YIELD (Youth Investing Energy in Leadership Development) students completed a community impact project installing refurbished pianos for the public to play, entitled “Tunes for the Town.” Five public pianos are located throughout the city, both indoors and outdoors.

NORTH IOWA BAND FESTIVAL MASON CITY’S SIGNATURE CELEBRATION AND OFFICIAL KICK-OFF TO SUMMER Memorial Day Weekend

The North Iowa Band Festival provides a weekend of wholesome family entertainment and celebrates the rich musical heritage that began with the accomplishments of Meredith Willson. The annual festival, which is celebrated each year on Memorial Day weekend, showcases the talents of young musicians and accomplished professionals who are a part of North Iowa’s musical legacy. A hometown boy who made it big, Willson was born in Mason City on May 18, 1902. At the tender age of 17, he left Mason City to study music at The Julliard School in New York City. He soon earned a place with the legendary John Phillip Sousa band and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. By age 27, he was an accomplished composer and lyricist.

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Marching bands from across North Iowa compete each year in the North Iowa Band Festival parade.

Band Festival festivities include nightly free entertainment for the community.

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ART CHARLES H. MACNIDER ART MUSEUM

RIVER CITY SCULPTURES ON PARADE

One of the first stops on any cultural tour should be the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, home to an impressive permanent collection of American art that includes work by Grant Wood (a frequent visitor to the region) and Thomas Hart Benton. The museum also hosts an extensive collection of puppets – including the marionettes used in the movie “The Sound of Music” – made and collected by world-renowned puppeteer Bil Baird (a graduate of Mason City High School). Temporary exhibits, films, concerts, art classes, an art library, and a sales/rental gallery make the museum the cornerstone of the local arts community. The site is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is wheelchair accessible.

This outdoor sculpture walk winds along a 1.6 mile loop through Downtown Mason City and leads participants to the Cultural Crescent. The works of well-regarded sculptors from around the world are included in the exhibit. The sculptures are available for sale or lease. The exhibit is changed annually.

BUILDING OUR BRAND MURAL PROJECT Thanks to a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and local building owners, Mason City is making strides in branding itself as a destination for Prairie School architecture, while also improving the appearance of the back side of downtown buildings. These beautiful murals feature geometric designs in the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School.

BOB WHITE FUSED GLASS CREATIONS Artist Bob White developed and perfected the fused glass technique. Fused glass captures and imprisons light and colors inside, permitting a detail of design not possible with stained glass. Several Mason City buildings feature Bob White fused glass creations including the First Presbyterian Church, Greek Orthodox Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ and the MacNider Art Museum.

THEATER

Locals audition for a role at the Mason City Community Theatre.

MASON CITY COMMUNITY THEATRE Members of the troupe provide an array of performances throughout the year. But get your tickets early, with only 146 seats in the theater, performances frequently sellout.

STEBENS CHILDREN’S THEATRE From September to May, this free-standing, award-winning children’s theater displays the talents of area youth in productions tailored to the younger crowd. The 120 seats of this theater provide the audience

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with an intimate setting in which to enjoy incredible young talent. Classes are offered year-round.

NORTH IOWA PERFORMING ARTS & LEADERSHIP SERIES The stage of the 1,200-seat North Iowa Community Auditorium brims with talent that spans the world. Talented entertainers and musicians, Broadway shows, ballet companies, bestselling authors and captains of industry grace the stage each year.

THE HISTORIC SURF BALLROOM The Surf Ballroom is best remembered as the site for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper’s final performance in 1959, but the ballroom continues to host a variety of musical talent. It has been restored to its original splendor and boasts a 6,300-square-foot dance floor. The Surf Ballroom’s walls bear the autographs and photographs of past performers, and it is the perfect place for a great concert or for a free self-guided tour. w www.masoncityia.com

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Mason city is home to the River City Rugby Football Club.

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north iowa bucket list A QUALITY COMMUNITY WITH A UNIQUE SENSE OF PLACE onsider this the ultimate list of mustsees and must-dos in North Iowa. These ideas span all four seasons, with a perfect blend of city and nature. From flying kites in the winter to tasting Greek delicacies, this is one bucket list you’ll want to complete. w

SPRING e Stay for a night in the Historic Park Inn Hotel, the only remaining hotel designed by America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. eYou haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a Grandma Sugar’s cupcake from Market 124. eTry your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. eAttend an MCHS choir concert: Iowa’s only Grammy Signature School award winner. eIndulge in homemade chips and salsa at Pastime Gardens, the “Taco Heaven of the Midwest.” eCheer on the Dames of Anarchy at a Roller Derby bout at the North Iowa Events Center. eTour The Music Man Square and view the first-ever Grammy Award presented to Meredith Willson in 1959. eHead to the Northwestern Steak House for Greek-style filet mignon, freshly-baked bread and rice or Greek pasta – served family style! eSupport the area’s budding talent by attending a Stebens Children’s Theatre production. The theater is one of the only free-standing, self-supporting children’s theaters in the U.S.

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FALL eSample the house-made craft beer selection at Mason City Brewing Company or Fat Hill Brewing. eEnjoy a top-rated Spic N Span tenderloin at the SuzieQ – one of the last historic Valentine Diners in the nation. eWitness the re-enactment of the 1934 John Dillinger gang robbery of the First National Bank at the Great River City Festival. (every other year) eSkate where the ice never melts – the North Iowa Ice Arena. eSteal a kiss with your sweetheart on the Meredith Willson Footbridge … e… and while you’re there, take a stroll through the nearby Rock Crest/ Rock Glen (the largest collection of Prairie School architecture unified by a common setting in the world.)

eGet a pedicure on-the-cheap at LaJames College of Cosmetology.

eEat fresh barbecue at the “Up in Smoke BBQ Bash” at the North Iowa Events Center. eCheck out the Mason City Public Library’s literary autograph collection which includes hundreds of original letters by authors and writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oscar Wilde, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Fielding and Winston Churchill.

SUMMER eWitness the Mason City High School marching band playing “76 Trombones” in the North Iowa Band Festival parade – the official start of summer! eEnjoy a Baklava Sundae at the annual Greek Festival. eSit on the deck at Ge-Jo’s-by-the-Lake and enjoy their signature pizza and margaritas. ePlay a few tunes (your childhood recital pieces?) at one of the Tunes for the Town public pianos in Downtown Mason City.

eSit outside on the Federal Avenue Plaza and indulge in a Moscow Mule at The Quarry. eSee Clear Lake via paddleboat on the Lady of the Lake. eEnjoy a fresh peach sundae at Birdsall’s Ice Cream Parlor. eStroll along the 1.7 mile Sculptures on Parade sculpture walk. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice competition. eTry the “Hashbrowns Everything” and a giant pancake at PM Park in Clear Lake.

eView Iowa’s largest fireworks display over Clear Lake on July 4.

WINTER eSee the Bil Baird marionettes (featured in The Sound of Music) at the Charles H. MacNider Museum. eEnjoy a classic holiday custom by attending “Christmas by the Lake” events, including fireworks following the lighted parade!

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eTake a quick dip in Clear Lake’s frigid waters during the annual Polar Bear Swim to benefit Make-A-Wish. eCross-country ski at Lime Creek Nature Center.

eFly kites during the annual Winter Kite Festival. eAttend the Winter Dance Party at the Historic Surf Ballroom, and pay your respects to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson at the crash site. eEnjoy a touring Broadway show at the North Iowa Community Auditorium. eIce fish on Big Blue. eGo roller skating at Roller City; Limbo, anyone?

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shopping A RETAIL HUB s the region’s retail hub, North Iowa is a dynamic epicenter of suburban shopping. The historic downtown areas of both Mason City and Clear Lake offer a blend of stores in an upscale, hometown environment. Specialty shops and boutiques mingle with national retailers in a walkable circuit of shopping delights. Designated as an Iowa Cultural and Historic District, Downtown Mason City serves as a community-gathering place where annual

events such as concerts, festivals, sidewalk sales and holiday-themed programs flourish. In the heart of downtown is Southbridge Center, an enclosed shopping center that houses a variety of small retail and service-oriented shops. Downtown Mason City has earned the national “Main Street” designation. Several shopping centers and other areas of the city complement the central business district with unique and varied products from clothing and furniture to quilting and jewelry making.

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history WE’RE PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS he history of this region, with its winding rivers and rolling prairies, dates back to long before the area was settled by farmers and trappers. The early inhabitants of Cerro Gordo County were the Winnebago and Sioux tribes. The tribes relied upon the lush forests and bountiful lakes for many years before Joseph Hewitt and James Dickirson arrived in 1851. Hewitt and Dickirson settled on the shores of Clear Lake, a spring-fed body of water formed by glaciers that is now seven miles

long and 2.5 miles wide. At an elevation of 1,247 feet, the lake is actually higher than many of the buildings in nearby Mason City. The Clear Lake region is believed to have been visited in 1832 by Nathan Boone (son of famed explorer Daniel Boone) although it was not officially settled until 1856. Hewitt and Dickirson’s settlement soon became a Midwestern oasis. Hewitt traded with the Indians, and Dickirson farmed the rich soil. The town of Shibboleth was settled in 1853 at the convergence of the Winnebago River and Willow Creek by

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Hewitt, John Long and George Brentner. The town changed names several times – to Masonic Grove, to Masonville and eventually to Mason City – all reflections of the community’s early reliance upon the brick and tile industry. A sawmill set up on the west side of the Winnebago River became the new city’s first commercial business. Settlers soon flocked to the region for its abundant water supply and additional resources. Nearby, the City of Clear Lake was settled in 1856; in 1859 the railroad brought more economic success to the area. Soon after, Mason City was incorporated. Large deposits of limestone and clay opened the doors for a thriving mining and cement industry, and by 1911 two large cement companies were operating in Mason City. The cement industry continues to be an important part of the community, where brick and tile were also once made. In 1912, the area was one of the largest producers of brick and tile in the world, but the industry has since disappeared. Mason City has now evolved to become a service, retail and distribution center.

The Mason City Municipal Airport was founded in 1927 by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and the ClausenWorden Post of the American Legion, hence its airport code “MCW.” Charles Lindbergh attended the Mason City Airport dedication shortly after his historic transatlantic flight. Sadly, more than 30 years later, the airport became known for another historic – and tragic – event. On Feb. 3, 1959, singer and musician Buddy Holly left a performance at the Surf Ballroom’s Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake and boarded a private plane with Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. While departing the Mason City airport in icy weather, the plane crashed in a field near Clear Lake. Today, a memorial in that cornfield is a tribute to these rock ‘n roll legends and “The Day the Music Died.” The boyhood home of composer Meredith Willson, who is best known for his Broadway musicals “The Music Man” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” can be found in Mason City. Willson also wrote the familiar Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” “The Music Man”

debuted on Broadway on Dec. 19, 1957, and ran for 1,376 performances. Mason City served as the inspiration for the play’s fictional hometown of River City, which was also the setting in the big-screen Hollywood adaptation starring Shirley Jones and Robert Preston. The musical won six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, and has since been revived on Broadway and in the movies – a Walt Disney version starred Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. The Beatles even performed a cover version of “Till There Was You.” Mason City locals recall another famous event. On March 13, 1934, notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his accomplice, John Hamilton, each sustained gunshot wounds while attempting to rob the First National Bank in Mason City. They only netted $52,000 from the robbery, far less than the $240,000 they expected. Dillinger had become somewhat of a Robin Hood figure to the public and had planned to use his share to flee the country. w

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Chamber Ambassadors welcome new business development to the area with ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies.

SERVING NORTH IOWA

ur mission: to promote progressive community and economic development to benefit Chamber members and the North Iowa region. The Chamber is a membershipbased organization more than 650 strong whose members provide nearly 19,000 jobs in the region. The Chamber works for the success of its members, and strives to promote and educate to ensure the future growth of North Iowa.

VISION The Chamber’s vision is grounded in its mission. To this end, the organization works to develop a region with well-designed community programs and economic development best practices that assist free enterprise to create jobs and prosperity. Tomorrow’s headlines will be the product of actions taken today behind the scenes to keep North Iowa vibrant.

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LEADERSHIP

ADVOCACY

The Chamber of Commerce provides leadership on key issues and strategic policy recommendations to stimulate economic growth in North Iowa. Such growth is achieved by creating an environment conducive to business success – which leads to job expansion and increased state and local revenues.

The Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 organization. It is non-partisan, but does take positions on issues at the local, state and federal level to stimulate economic growth opportunities for local business. The Chamber challenges elected officials to be responsible stewards of taxpayer money, and to invest in programs and policies that will enable North Iowa to grow.

In addition, the Chamber provides three signature programs with a rich tradition of helping to shape future leaders: Leadership North Iowa for young professionals in the area; a high school youth leadership program, YIELD; and College Connections for summer interns. People who commit to these leadership programs are differencemakers; the loyal sponsors and supporting businesses are a strong testament to the effectiveness.

Joining the Chamber is a good thing to do, but what exactly does an active chamber membership say about you or your company? Studies show that being active in the local chamber of commerce is a good strategy for businesses to use in communicating to consumers that their company uses good business practices, is involved in the community, cares about customers, and is reputable and trustworthy.

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NORTH IOWA REGIONAL COMMERCE CENTER THE BUSINESS HUB Members of the Chamber of Commerce have the option to use the many amenities of the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center. e Use of meeting rooms is available to

members free-of-charge, and the special events room, patio and board room can be reserved for a small charge. e Spacious, climate-controlled storage

units are available for off-site records storage and other needs. e Beautiful, well-appointed, “virtual offices”

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CHAMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS 100 YEARS AND COUNTING… In 1916, Mason City’s population stood at 17,712. The industrial revolution, a youthful population, a flood of immigrants, vast natural resources and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism were propelling Iowa, and the rest of the nation, forward at a dizzying pace. It was 1916 when business leaders in Mason City, with a passion for economic growth and prosperity, formed the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. Almost immediately, the Chamber began making an indelible mark in North Iowa:

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e In 1920, the Chamber sponsored a

20-piece band of professional musicians that performed two concerts daily for 10 weeks. The only “local” musician on the roster was Meredith Willson, playing the flute and piccolo. These performances led to the establishment of the Mason City Municipal Band. e The Chamber of Commerce Glee Club

originated in 1922 under the direction of Harry Keeler. In 1952, this acapella group transitioned to the River City Barbershop Chorus. Today, more than 70 men of all ages participate in this program.

e The Chamber established a “Community

Chest” in 1923 to benefit the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, YMCA and YWCA. The Chamber continued to operate this organization until 1946 when it was launched as the United Fund, and later became today’s United Way. e In 1927, the Chamber’s Aviation

Committee founded the Mason City Municipal Airport with assistance from the Clausen-Worden Post of the American Legion. Charles Lindbergh attended the airport’s dedication ceremony shortly after completing his historic transatlantic flight.

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e In the late 1990s, the Chamber

spearheaded a program to install welcome signs at the four major entrances to the Mason City community. The limestone masonry structures are a nod to Mason City’s heritage. e In 2002, the Chamber began leading

annual trips to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the business community and the North Iowa region. These efforts have resulted in improved relationships with federal officials and staff members, as well as significant federal investment in the region. e The Chamber served as the applicant

and lead organization for Mason City’s Vision Iowa project, which resulted in a $9.2 million renovation to the public library; the $20 million restoration of the Historic Park Inn; construction of the Architectural Interpretive Center; and the Federal Avenue streetscape improvements. e The Chamber offers Global

Familiarization Travel opportunities as a means of helping North Iowans transition to the global economy. Destinations are important U.S. trading partners that our members may not feel comfortable traveling to on their own. Since 2011, Chamber travelers have visited China, India, Turkey, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, and Japan, to name a few. Community leaders release the Vision North Iowa strategic plan to the public.

e In the dark days of the Great Depression,

the Chamber organized a scrip program by issuing 10,000 one-dollar certificates. For each transaction with a Mason City merchant, a stamp was affixed to the certificate. When 52 stamps were collected, the certificate could be redeemed for 98 cents at the First National Bank. e The Chamber sponsored the very first

North Iowa Band Festival in 1938, a tradition that continues today and serves at the official kick-off to the summer season. e In 1971, the Chamber began admitting

women to its membership. It had operated as an all-male organization since 1916.

e In 2012, the North Iowa Regional

Commerce Center opened in a formerly vacant downtown building. The renovation was made possible through previous Chamber fundraising efforts earmarked for a permanent location and an I-JOBS grant from the state. The Commerce Center serves as the business hub for North Iowa. e The Chamber served as a key partner in

Mason City’s 2012 bid to be selected as a pilot Blue Zones Project community. Today, Mason City continues this effort as a Healthy Hometown community and the Chamber continues to partner as the lead for the Worksite Wellness component.

Crescent and back to the Downtown Core. More than 50 sculptures by artists from across North America are included in the exhibit. e Partnering with regional leaders, the

Chamber helped initiate the Vision North Iowa strategic plan. This project will bolster entrepreneurship, support future growth and workforce development initiatives, position North Iowa for success and enhance a quality of place for citizens. Most importantly, it will lead to an ongoing, intentional planning process for the region. e In 2017, the Chamber’s Leadership

North Iowa class led the community in the Mason City Says YES! campaign, an effort to bring a new hotel, conference center, performing arts pavilion, and multi-purpose arena to the region. The public vote passed overwhelmingly, and the Chamber has continued to promote progress on the project and will see it through to completion. e With the Chamber’s leadership, Mason

City is making strides in “Building Our Brand” as a destination for Prairie School architecture, while also improving the appearance of the back side of downtown buildings with beautiful murals in the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School. Today, the Chamber of Commerce remains true to its mission of promoting progressive community and economic development to benefit Chamber members and the North Iowa region. It remains an independent organization operated by a small group of paid staff and many volunteers. The Chamber is not supported by tax dollars and has no power to impose taxes or other measures that would directly increase the cost of living for the citizens of our community. The Chamber is simply a private business with a vested interest in activities to grow the local economy and improve the business climate. The Chamber will continue to serve its members and the North Iowa region into its second century and beyond. w

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ADVERTISER INDEX

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1st Insurance...................................................................... 4

First Baptist Church........................................................51

Mediacom Business.......................................................49

Accord Architecture.......................................................65

First Citizens Bank..........................................................72

Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa....................... 3

Aesthetic Touch Day Spa.............................................31

Flooring America............................................................39

Metalcraft, Inc. ................................................................17

Ag Processing, Inc..........................................................20

Four Oaks of Iowa...........................................................31

Midland Concrete Products........................................37

Alpha Media USA............................................................25

Frrr Babiez Inn..................................................................61

Midwest Construction & Supply................................. 4

Alpha Orthodontics.......................................................31

Globe Gazette..................................................................41

Monroe Plaza South......................................................67

Alter Metal Recycling....................................................23

Good Shepherd Inc........................................................28

Moorman Clothiers........................................................61

American Family Insurance — Matt Dodge Agency, Inc..............................................30

Graham Tire......................................................................33

Newbury Living...............................................................39

Hampton Inn & Suites...................................................71

Newman Catholic Schools..........................................44

American Realty & Management, Inc......................39

Hardee’s.............................................................................35

NIP Fitness.........................................................................56

Anytime Fitness...............................................................58

Hawkeye Auto Body......................................................33

NIVC Services, Inc...........................................................17

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co..................................49

Hearing Associates ........................................................29

North Central Mechanical Services..........................17

ATURA Architecture.......................................................49

Heartland Asphalt, Inc..................................................15

North Iowa Area Community College..............42, 43

Baker Floral.......................................................................61

North Iowa Car Electronics.........................................32

Bauer Built Tire................................................................33

Heiny, McManigal, Duffy, Stambaugh & Anderson, P.L.C...................................49

Bergland + Cram Architects.......................................53

Henkel Construction Company.................................65

North Iowa Cooperative..............................................20

Best Impressions Photography.................................59

Hertz Farm Management, Inc....................................21

North Iowa Eye Clinic, P.C. ..........................................29

Blazek Electric Inc...........................................................23

Historic Park Inn................................................................ 9

North Iowa Golf...............................................................57

Bliss Bridal & Formalwear............................................61

Hogan-Hansen, P.C. .......................................................49

North Iowa Periodontics, PLLC..................................29

Boulder Tap House.........................................................63

Holiday Inn Express & Suites......................................52

NSB Bank...........................................................................15

Brick Furniture ................................................................39

Holt & Sons Sanitation..................................................59

NutriQuest, LLC...............................................................21

Buena Vista University..................................................47

Huber Supply Co. ...........................................................59

Pepsi Beverages Company..........................................61

Buffalo Wild Wings.........................................................63

Ideal Reflection................................................................. 2

Petroblend Corp. ...........................................................21

Builders First Source......................................................64

IOOF Home & Community Therapy Center...........29

Plumb Supply Company..............................................11

Care Initiatives – Manly Specialty Care...................30

Iowa Heartland Credit Union.....................................23

POET Biorefining - Hanlontown.................................. 5

Cargill Protein..................................................................23

J&J Machining..................................................................17

Praise Community Church..........................................51

Cavalier Coaches, Inc./North Iowa Bus Company, Inc...........................................................11

Jane Fischer & Associates LLC...................................... 5

Purdue University Global.............................................46

Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC............... 7

Century 21 Preferred....................................................... 3

Quality Inn & Suites.......................................................63

KIMT-TV..............................................................................41

Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care....................44

Quick Care Urgent Care Clinic ..................................... 8

Landfill of North Iowa..................................................... 7

Christ’s Church.................................................................51

Rib Crib BBQ & Grill........................................................35

Larry Elwood Construction.........................................17

Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co............................................ 7

Schukei Chevrolet..........................................................33

Larson Contracting........................................................51

Connect Hearing............................................................29

Schupick & Associates, P.C...........................................67

Lehigh Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group..........23

Consolidated Energy Company................................15

ServiceMaster of Mason City......................................17

Linahon Electric, Inc......................................................37

Country Inn & Suites......................................................53

Smithfield..........................................................................11

Mason City Clinic............................................................31

Culver-Hahn Electric Supply.......................................25

Stadheim Jewelers.........................................................61

Mason City Community School District................... 9

D&D Sales • Printing • Signs........................................25

Stellar Truck & Trailer.....................................................33

Mason City Family YMCA.............................................56

Dean Snyder Construction..........................................39

T & R Custom Tops..........................................................37

Mason City Ford Chrysler.............................................11

Decker House Bed & Breakfast..................................52

The Place 2B!....................................................................63

Mason City Glass Service.............................................23

Dental Center of North Iowa......................................27

United Beverage, LLC....................................................63

Mason City Municipal Airport...................................... 7

Diamond Jo Casino.......................................................... 2

United Sugars Corporation.........................................64

Mason City Red Power Inc. .........................................15

Discount Computer & Cell Phone Repair, LLC......44

US Bank................................................................................ 4

Mason City Roofing.......................................................37

Drs. Weber & Otto Family Dentistry.........................31

Waste Management .....................................................25

McCloskey Appliance....................................................61

Edward Jones..................................................................... 4

Wheel Man Auto LLC.....................................................33

McGregors Furniture & Mattress...............................60

Elderbridge Agency on Aging...................................57

Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry................................15

McKesson Corporation.................................................23

Express Employment Professionals.........................25

YSS Francis Lauer............................................................25

McQuaid Agency............................................................37

Federal Fire Equipment Co..........................................15

Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe....................................................63

Mechanical Air Systems...............................................37

Zilge’s Appliance Center..............................................63

North Iowa Collision Center.......................................32

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