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A Great Place

July 09, 2019 11:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Earlier this summer, the organization Main Street Mason City, in collaboration with city officials, hosted board groups from Iowa Great Places and the Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District in an effort to gain designations from the groups.

The designations were granted in late June.

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs looks at how walkable and compact each district is. For Mason City, there is a lot going on downtown.

“The Cultural and Entertainment District designation is a huge opportunity for Mason City because of the resources and the opportunities it brings to our community,” said Emily Ginneberge, executive director of Main Street Mason City. “There’s an opportunity to get some big dollars out there to really kick-start some projects that we’d like to get started on.”

Funding could help go toward some River City projects.

“I think once we have the hockey downtown, it’s going to be super awesome. It’s going to be really fun to just be able to walk over and do that. I actually live downtown, so I’m able to partake in all the activities they do, so having it right here will be really nice instead of having to drive all the way to the other end of town,” said Mason City resident Crystal Ely.

The grants may also be used in the plans for Willow Creek, which the state saw as positive visions for the city.

“The Iowa Great Places application really focused on Willow Creek’s master plan and the opportunities to bring that to life," Ginneberge said. "It was a plan they had kind of sitting on the shelf since 2004, but it was pretty incredible. Now with all of the great things we have going on with the new hockey arena and our new housing development project downtown, the Willow Creek master plan just fits in so nicely.”

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Brett Bachtle

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