What Makes Marion Exceptional?

MEDCO's Board of Directors offer input on why Marion is exceptional! 

Kyle_OnlinePhoto.pngMarion’s slogan is "Reach Higher" but another slogan that came out during the branding revamp a few years ago was “The sky is not the limit.” I see this directly in the ImagiNext initiative. There are four big ideas that are being sought. But that’s not enough for Marion. If Marion just worked on the Big 4, Marion would be limiting itself. In Marion, there’s not a line holding anything back. There is too much to do. There are too many people that need to get engaged. 

Kyle Martin | President, Martin Gardner Architecture

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What makes Marion exceptional is its commitment to constantly improve, a common value between the business community and city institutions.

Lon Pluckhahn | City Manager, City of Marion


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Hands down, it’s the people who live and work in Marion. All cities have buildings and parks and commerce, but it is the extraordinary people in Marion that care about our community. This caring attitude combined with the vision of our civic and business leaders have cultivated tremendous business culture!

Kevin King | Market President, Ohnward Bank & Trust

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Jill_OnlinePhotoRevised.pngMarion is blessed with leaders who are stepping up to the plate as well as some who have been around for 50+ years and continue to offer wisdom and support. What I love about Marion is that there is always room at the table for more great leaders, the spirit of inclusivity and an attitude of asking why not versus no. This is what keeps me motivated and our community confident in the fact that in Marion, Iowa, the sky IS NOT the limit.

Jill Ackerman | President, Marion Chamber of Commerce

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Marion is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  It is the perfect balance of a small community that is also progressive and growing. 

Shannon Bisgard | Superintendent, Linn Mar Community School District


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Its business environment, the engaged and assertive leadership, a blossoming restaurant resume and night life, its ever-improving recreational trail system, and its citizenry.

Maxwell Grant | CEO, OHE Industries


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Marion's ability to breakthrough the notion of "That's the way we have always done it and won't change" is how we have been able to become a place with an exciting future!

Steve Carroll | Member Services Supervisor, Linn County REC


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MEDCO's involement in the education and business community has allowed leadership to thrive. Additionaly, the commitment to students in the Marion area about job possibilities and where to find help has been incredible! 

Scott Pantel | Vice President, Marketing, Rinderknecht Associates Inc


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Marion is a special family environment where the quality of life and strong community pride foster a super educational environment for all learners.

Chris Dyer | Superintendent, Marion Independent Community School District

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Marion is exceptional to me because the spirit of the community is inclusive, innovative and forward-looking.  Our citizens participate in the civic process, our leaders do not rest on our past successes and our government listens to all view points before acting to do what is best for our town.

Brian Rosteck | Broker Associate, Commercial Investment REALTOR® | Skogman Commercial

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Marion is exceptional to me because of the people. It has the amenities of a larger community but retains its small town feel. It is home to me and always will be.

Bill Bogert | PE, LSI, ENV SP, Anderson Bogert


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We have our operations in six different cities throughout Iowa and Illinois. Marion by far is the most business friendly city to work with.

Kevin Hupp | President, Hupp Electric Motors


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Marion is unique in that it is a growing city with a small town feel.  Marion has experienced consistent growth in population due to having two fantastic K-12 schools, a thriving downtown, and a spirit of entrepreneurship that encourages individuals to start and grow their business.

Stephanie Bredman | Director Job Training/Legislative Relations, Kirkwood Community College


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Marion is a growing and progressive community. We are still small enough that everyone knows everyone, and we all have each other’s back.

Tom Barnes | President, Barnes Manufacturing


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Marion’s caring and connected community.

Cheri Monahan | Manager of Growth Strategies, Central Iowa Power Cooperative