Region Announcements

Marshalltown Awarded Grant to Fund Business Disaster Recovery Coordinator Position 
July 30, 2019

Region 6 Resource Partners and the Marshalltown Central Business District (MCBD) have been awarded a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to fund business disaster recovery efforts in Marshalltown. The project will help Marshalltown’s business community recover from the damage caused by the EF-3 tornado on July 19, 2018.

Jenny Etter, MCBD Director, has been hired to take on this position and continue the work to ensure building and business owners have the support and information they need to best meet their needs through this process. This new position will start August 5th. The MCBD has also collaborated with historic architect Martha Green, with the help of Main Street Iowa, to create restoration plans for damaged buildings in the downtown historic district. The business disaster recovery coordinator will carry post-tornado work forward by managing restoration projects, conducting needs assessments, and helping businesses connect with available resources.

“The hard work of rebuilding is only just beginning for our downtown community,” commented Nate McCormick, MCBD President. “There will likely be more investment, development, opportunity and challenges over the next two years than any time previously in the history of downtown Marshalltown. This project will provide the focus to ensure that every available resource is at the disposal of our downtown community. This is not only critical in rebuilding, but also in sustaining the vitality, history, and character of the downtown that means so much to our community”
The business disaster recovery coordinator position has been jointly funded by a generous donation from the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation and a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Adjustment Assistance Program.

“I’m excited to be a part of this terrific collaborative opportunity. Building and business owners are just starting to work toward restoring their buildings, and collaboration and support is needed to see these terrific projects come to fruition,” said Jenny Etter.

Iowa 5-2-1-0 Health Campaign Expands to Include Grinnell
July 10, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced expanded funding of the “5-2-1-0 – Healthy Choices Count!” campaign, which began in 2017 in Iowa. Six new communities will receive grants, while the nine communities currently funded for the initiative will receive additional grants. The funded communities will work to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play.

New communities each receiving $30,000 in FY20 include:

  • Cherokee, Cherokee County
  • Grinnell, Poweshiek County
  • Hampton, Franklin County
  • Missouri Valley, Harrison County
  • Waterloo, Black Hawk County
  • Storm Lake, Buena Vista County

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a health-focused movement for kids under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!. This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on four numbers:

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables;
  • 2 hours or less of screen time (television, computer, video games, phones, etc.);
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity; and
  • 0 (or reduce) sugar-sweetened beverages.

For more information about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, and to see how communities are implementing 5-2-1-0 strategies, visit

Region 6 Adopts New Name & Logo
June 16, 2019

Region 6 Planning Commission has announced a new name and logo as part of comprehensive rebranding process. Now known as Region 6 Resource Partners, the organization is transforming to meet the needs of its members. Region 6 Resource Partners provides communities in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties with professional services in the areas of grant writing and administration, comprehensive planning, access to federal and state transportation funding, housing assistance, public transit and other specialized expertise.

The new brand is designed to communicate the comprehensive suite of services offered by the organization. Region 6 Resource Partners employs planning professionals, as well as a team of drivers and support personnel that are dedicated to People Rides, the region’s only public transit service.

“There are so many services we provide in our area that communities may not know about.” said Marty Wymore, Executive Director of Region 6 Resource Partners. “With a brand refresh, we want to let communities in the region know that we can meet their changing needs. We have staff, expertise, and local knowledge that has brought resources to our region since 1974 — contact us and see what we can do for a project or need in your community.”

Iowa River Trail Placemaking Planning Process Underway!
April 10, 2019

RDG Planning & Design was selected to complete the Iowa River Trail Placemaking Master Plan. They are working with a dedicated advisory committee represented by the City of Marshalltown and the two trail organizations in Marshall and Hardin County. Watch for more information about public participation opportunities as the process moves forward. The planning efforts are funded through a generous award from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation as well as an “Our Town” grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For more information about the Iowa River Trail, please visit the trail website at

Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Receives Donation for Tornado Relief
November 12, 2018

The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund received a $7,500 donation from the Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel. The donation will be placed in the organization’s Housing Trust Fund, which will focus on repairing the roofs and windows of homes damaged by the July 19 tornado. The funds were presented by Jim Goodman, left, an attorney with Moore, McKibben, Goodman and Lorenz, LLP. Marty Wymore, Executive Direction of Region 6, accepted the check.

Iowa Finance Authority Awards $250,000 to Region 6 Housing Trust Fund to Assist with Housing Recovery Efforts in Marshalltown
September 5, 2018

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors awarded the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund $250,000 to assist low-income homeowners and renters that were impacted by the July 19, 2018 tornado in Marshalltown.

“The Iowa Finance Authority is pleased to be able to respond to this immediate need for disaster housing assistance funding,” said Iowa Finance Authority Interim Executive Director Carolann Jensen. “The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund is already working to assist Marshalltown disaster victims and these funds will enable them to better meet the demand for assistance.” The Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment report concluded that 1,847 residential units were directly impacted by the July 19, 2018 tornado that struck Marshalltown. Nearly 80 percent of the individuals impacted are estimated to be low-income and only 36 percent are estimated to be insured. Region 6 Housing Trust Fund will use the $250,000 to assist uninsured and under-insured low-income homeowners with roof repairs. The funding may also be used for additional disaster repairs to housing or other related needs such as emergency rental assistance.

“The funds received from the Iowa Finance Authority will play a critical role in providing timely assistance to low-income Iowans who suffered damage to their homes,” said Marty Wymore, Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Executive Director.