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Downtown Mentors Available

As part of the implementation of Envision East Central Iowa, several seasoned economic development professionals in our region have volunteered to consult with any community interested in learning more about economic development for their downtown area. These volunteer mentors can share their respective experiences with building community capacity, securing funding, and executing revitalization programs.

To connect with the mentor team, contact Executive Director Karen Kurt at or Jones County Economic Development Director Derek Lumsden at

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