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A vision of growth for Marshalltown

It was good to see Arlene Selby back in the saddle at the piano for the Dec. 10 Rotary luncheon. Jerry Stephens announced more than 700 winter coats will be delivered to kids during the week as part Rotary’s Operation Warm program.

President Jim Goodman presented a donation to support the Shop with A Cop program that will reach 100 kids throughout Marshall County over the Christmas season.

Terry Buzbee led off the program by focusing how important the single word of growth has been to him during his executive career with Emerson. His team was charged with developing a plan to make sure the infrastructure was in play for growth. Having a minority interest in various business ventures around the city, he understands the importance of striving to be “best in class” in any endeavor.

Two ingredients essential to making that happen are growth and opportunity. Finally, as a community leader offering input to the city, Chamber and Vision Marshalltown, Buzbee asks: “Is Marshalltown ready to grow?”

Introducing Kyley Leger, executive director of Vision Marshalltown, Buzbee observed that the community has made great strides over the last decade. He stressed it is critical that we embrace the vision and mindset of growth. Leger presented some of the strategic details contained in the refreshed plan for Vision Marshalltown, a network of organizations and individuals acting as a change agent and committed to growth. A key role for Leger is to coordinate roles of advocates, leaders and communicators. She drilled down into segments of housing, downtown, education and pride.

A current work in progress is messaging with a common narrative describing why Marshalltown is such a great place to live, work and play.

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