MV-L welcomes deetz app to area

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, has announced that it has signed a one-year agreement with the deetz app, a mobile app that focuses on local happenings like daily specials, events, community information and more.

The interactive app features a map that is geofenced and includes information that expires within 24 hours, allowing for a focus on real-time information. The app currently boasts more than 5,000 users in the Cedar Rapids area.

“We’re super excited to launch into the Mount Vernon-Lisbon area since it’s so close to our home base in Cedar Rapids,” said Raghul Ethiraj, deetz co-founder. “We plan to have made our mark on the community in time to help promote the MV-L area’s festivals and are thrilled to be a part of such a thriving arts and Main Street retail and dining scene.”

The deetz team will be in Mount Vernon and Lisbon throughout April to help roll out the app locally, working with both residents and business owners. Content for deetz in Mount Vernon-Lisbon will be submitted by businesses through “Deetz Dial,” an automated daily phone call or text message that the business schedules at a time that works best for them.

“We have been working with the deetz team for weeks now and are excited about the prospect of what this app can do for our community,” said Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the CDG. “The reason we chose this app is because of the minimal effort needed by businesses to maintain and update content — one phone call or text and done.”

The official launch in MV-L is scheduled to take place April 12. The app is available for free download at or through any phone’s app store.

A one-sheet about the app is available here

More information about the local rollout is available through Joe Jennison, CDG Director, at (319) 210-9935 or through email at [email protected]

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 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  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.

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