Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announces new contest for Iowan communities

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 11:05 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognized Iowa’s small businesses for their ability to bounce back over the pandemic and announced a new opportunity for Iowa communities called The Iowans Unite with Community Pride contest.

This will allow cities and economic development organizations to submit a creative or inspirational video showcasing how their community members support small businesses and celebrate their importance to the community.

Terri Baird, owner of My Chic Boutique in Ottumwa, has been in business for nine years and says she thinks Governor Reynolds’s announcement sounds like a fun idea.

“I think the Governor is extremely supportive of our small businesses, of our people, I like her. I’m fond of Governor Reynolds. I support whatever she’s doing. I know she’s doing the best she can do and I appreciate that.”

Like many other businesses during the pandemic, Baird says it was tough but she’s thankful the community was able to get her through it.

“There were some times we were worried we weren’t going to make it but we survived it and had a phenomenal prom season for my tuxedo rental. Thank you, Ottumwa, Eddyville, Cardinal, Albia, Pekin, Bloomfield, Fairfield, you name it.”

To enter communities must create a short video and submit it through the official entry form on the Iowa Economic Development Authority Facebook page.

The winning community will win a custom mural designed by Iowa artist Ben Schuh that will welcome visitors to their shopping area.

For more information on contest rules and the submission process visit

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