Chamber seeks local creativity to spark more public events

The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has several initiatives to create more local events, such as the popular Almost Friday Fest.

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Just over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, public gatherings have started to rebound. In order to take advantage of the heightened interest in gatherings and to fuel Muscatine County’s economic vitality, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry will offer a #MakeitMuscatine Event Grant and requests proposals for new events to take place within the next year.

As the time for summer events rapidly nears (and the time to plan events for later in the year gets closer as well), the Chamber considered it the perfect time to reach out to the local business community and solicit their help in creating or enhancing local activities. “We would like to enhance Muscatine’s existing events and also bring new events to Muscatine,” outlined the Chamber’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jodi Hansen. “We wanted to create opportunities for people that have a vision, but may need some funds to make their event come to life.”

For those looking for assistance paying for part of an event they would like to start from scratch or revive from a previous year, the Chamber will offer a $1,000 #MakeitMuscatine event grant. By offering this funding, the Chamber hopes more businesses will take the plunge and create an experience that will encourage people from Muscatine County and beyond to come together and enjoy everything Muscatine has to offer.

Similarly, the Chamber’s request for event proposals will give a business or individual the chance to design an experience to bring more people to Muscatine County and to frequent some of its many restaurants and shops. The Chamber has opened the request for proposals to people willing to put on a whole host of events, including those focused on the fine or performing arts, food and drink, cultural celebrations, and recreation or sports. As with the #MakeitMuscatine event grant, the Chamber would like the events people propose to really encourage out of town visitors to come see what sets Muscatine apart. “Tourism is a huge economic driver, and we want to make the most out of every visitor, and we also want them to have a great time!” shared Hansen.

If you would like to learn more about or apply for the #MakeitMuscatine event grant or event request for proposals, you may view additional details on the Chamber’s website or call 563-263-8895. The Chamber also has information about a video request for proposals to help promote both local events like these and Muscatine County’s ongoing attractions.