Terry Poe Buschkamp, MSI

MSI to offer workshop for MVL businesses

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, has announced a new workshop to prepare Mount Vernon and Lisbon retailers for the upcoming Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit. Titled “Preparing for Smithsonian Audiences,” the workshop created specifically for Mount Vernon and Lisbon businesses, will take place Monday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For this workshop, CDG will be bringing in Main Street Iowa Promotions expert Terry Poe-Buschkamp and Business specialist Robin Bostrom, who plan a program devoted to making the most of this retail business opportunity.

The program will take place at the First Street Community Center library, 221 1st NE, Mount Vernon, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and will include hearty appetizers, wine and soft drinks. The event is free, but all attendees must RSVP to Joe Jennison, (319) 210-9935, cell) or through email at director@visitmvl.com.

The agenda is as follows:

5 p.m.              Food, drink and networking

5:30 p.m.         Program starts

6:15 p.m.         Q&A

6:30 p.m.         Adjourn

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America”

(CDG) in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program will bring “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” to Mount Vernon from March 18 to April 28, 2018.

Hours for the Mount Vernon exhibit will be as follows:

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.

“Hometown Teams,” which will be complemented by exhibits featuring local legacies, examines how and why hometown sports are more than just games. A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at here.

“The Smithsonian has not been to Iowa with this program for years and their first journey back to Iowa will start with this Iowa premiere exhibit here in Mount Vernon,” said Joe Jennison, director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. “It’s going to be huge for Mount Vernon. And both Main Street Iowa and CDG wants retailers to be ready for the estimated 8,000 attendees who are expected to be visiting.”

NOTE: Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street
The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.