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Mason City, Iowa – People from the Mason City area gathered at the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center for the Community Vision Statement Event.
The purpose is to hear from the community what more needs to be done to keep the downtown inviting.
And for some business owners located in the area seeing more change means more business.
Scott Moorman and his wife are celebrating 20 years in business in downtown Mason City.
Since then, they’ve seen many businesses come and go around them.
He’s a big supporter of the new “look” of the downtown area, bringing back some of its historic character through the Streetscape Project and the Historic Park Inn renovation.
He says he hopes to see more of those kinds of improvements in the future.
“Right now we have great restaurants, nice bars downtown; I think even more of that. All that does is add to the process. I would love to see more retail more gift shops, up-scale nice, maybe a chocolate shop,” said Moorman.
At tonight’s meeting, some projects discussed include work on the facade of different businesses, along with plans for more living space.
Its just all part of a plan to keep the heart of the downtown pumping.