The mission of the Community Development Group is this:
“To develop and promote our business environment, including but not limited to our Main Street District, and enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”
The vision of the Community Development Group is this:
“Mount Vernon and Lisbon is known as the ultimate Iowa community filled with history, charm, excitement, hospitality and creativity. Our downtown districts are meeting places, connecting the communities visually, socially, culturally, economically and emotionally.
The natural landscape, historic architecture and streetscapes invite pedestrians into appealing business districts that serve the practical needs of residents and tourists. Increased traffic improve sales, encourage more business activity and provide greater opportunities for success.
Community members and volunteers have the tools and training to increase the economic and social viability of city centers. Entrepreneurs can see a path to success by investing here.
Lisbon and Mount Vernon are vibrant, pedestrian friendly towns with successful businesses that residents are proud of and returning visitors share with their friends.”
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!!