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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Today, New-2-U presented a check to the Leon Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $327 to go towards Chamber's hanging basket project. The money originally belonged to the Community Garden Fund, but was given to the store by Doug and Nancy Price. The New-2-U Board thought that this would be a great project to use the money for.

Chamber also received a $300 grant from SCICF for the project. This is one of many projects in the works by the Leon Community Visioning Group's Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Other grants that have already been received include:
• Yo-Ho Tools Grant- $ 200.00 worth of tools to use for the park and rec
• Paint Iowa Beautiful- Diamond Vogel paint to paint downtown businesses including Hy-Vee Pharmacy, From the GroundBuck Naked Sporting Goods, Ping's Things, New-2-U Thrift Store, Heffron's Chiropractic and Don's Floral.

Other grants that have been applied for:
•Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant-Applied for $5000.00 to landscape LEON sign by Country Club
•Iowa Arts Council-$ 3000.00 grant for New-2-U for a mural to be painted on the north side of building. New-2-U has already committed $6,000 towards the project.
•Building with Bags-$ 2000.00 grant for 8 recycled benches for the new Masonic Park

The Downtown Revitalization Committee includes: Shelley Bickel, Kat Akers, Sharon South, Maggie Lindsey, Sue Kelly, Kolton Hewlett, Marcia Stephens, and Greg Crocker.

There are other committees in the Leon Community Visioning Group focusing on other areas of the town. There are posters in City Hall of all of the projects that the Visioning Group picked out. If you are willing and interested in helping in any way please contact anyone on the committee!

Pictured: (L to R) Shelley Bickel, Public Health Administrator; Shane Akers, Chamber President; Kolton Hewlett, New-2-U Treasurer and Chamber Secretary; and Sue Kelly, New-2-U President.