The Mount Vernon – Lisbon Community Development Group

The mission of the Community Development Group is “to develop and promote our business environment and enhance the quality of life in the community we serve.” 

The CDG is an umbrella organization that encompasses Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and Marketing and Tourism activities and projects.  In addition, the CDG is involved in the Mount Vernon Main Street Iowa program, developed by the Iowa Department of Economic Development.


Please consider making a donation to the CDG by conveniently using PayPal, the world’s safest and easiest payment method!  Donations are used for improvement grants to our businesses, community projects, promotions, advertising, retail and holiday events, Main Street education and training, and much more.  Thank you!!

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2016-2017 MVL CDG BoardInvestment InfoMount Vernon Streetscape PlanCDG Design Standards
     
Joe Jennison              Main Street & Marketing Director
Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
PO Box 31
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
319-210-9935, Cell
director@visitmvl.com
     
Joe Dieker   Cornell College
Rich Herrmann   Evergreen Packaging
Brenda Langenberg   Hills Bank
Connie Meier   City of Lisbon
Beryl O’Connor   City of Lisbon
Bridget O’Connor   Team Shanley
Kate Rose   Retired
Margaret Stevens   The Sun
Stephanie West   Hertz Farm Management
     
     
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
Kate Rose   PRESIDENT 
Margaret Stevens   PAST PRESIDENT
Brenda Langenberg   SECRETARY
Connie Meier    TREASURER
     
     
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT 
Margaret Stevens   Chair 
Connie Meier   Vice Chair 
John Bardsley    Vice Chair 
     
ORGANIZATION 
Stephanie West   Chair
Stephanie West   Vice Chair 
Brenda Lengenberg    Vice Chair 
     
PROMOTION  
Beryl O’Connor   Chair 
Rich Herrmann   Vice Chair 
Deb Kougias   Vice Chair 
     
DESIGN 
Joe Dieker   Chair 
Mitch Bloomquist   Vice Chair 
Ed Sauter   Vice Chair 
     
LIAISONS 
Scott Rose   City of Mount Vernon 
John Bardsley    City of Lisbon

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group – Investment Information

Mark Benesh Painting of Lisbon

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), is an umbrella organization of which Main Street Mount Vernon is a large component.  Businesses and individuals will not be asked for dues, as the CDG does not have members. The Main Street approach is for all businesses to be included in listings and promotions.

Five entities merged in 2008 to form CDG — the Chamber of Commerce, Marketing & Tourism Association, both Lisbon and Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporations, and Vision Mount Vernon.  However, CDG is a public-private partnership and cannot be successful without support from the community, especially our business community.

Since there are no longer dues structures, the money you invest in Community Development and Main Street is vital to the health and success of our communities.  If you were a member of the Chamber of Commerce and/or the Marketing & Tourism Association in the past, this investment drive replaces the dues structures offered by those organizations.

2010-2011 Community Development Group Annual Report

The annual report explains why this is important, and asks for your investment at one of the following levels:

Friend – $50+
Supporter – $120+
Believer – $240+
Partner – $500+
Pacesetter – $1,000+
Visionary – $2,500+

Major Supporter – $4,500+

Chief Supporter – $50,000+

Please consider investing in downtown revitalization, business development, cultural events, retail promotions and physical improvements.  Be a part of good things to come!  If you’d rather donate on-line, please use our convenient link to PayPal, the world’s safest and easiest payment method:

2010 STREETSCAPE DESIGN PROJECT – web site and information

Mount Vernon’s Main Street Program in partnership with the city have revived the streetscape design process by commissioning Shoemaker & Haaland to work with the Community Development Group (CDG steering committee) on designing improvements for an expanded project area.  The Steering Committee is composed of city staff, city council members, CDG members, business community members, Cornell College representatives and citizens-at-large.

Shoemaker & Haaland will utilize a series of Steering Committee Workshops to gather input for designing concepts for streetscape improvements throughout the area.  Developmental Drawings will provide additional detail for 3 or 4 high priority project areas.  This process is scheduled to be completed by late 2010.  The results will include a public presentation of design ideas, anticipated costs and implementation strategies.

For a complete look at this project, including presentation material and progress status, please follow the link below:

Mount Vernon Streetscape Design and Planning Project – web site and information

2012 Community Development Graphic Design Standards

Please use the link below to review graphic design elements when marketing, promoting, advertising or communicating on behalf of the Community Development Group and Mount Vernon Main Street.

2012 Community Development Group Graphic Design Standards