February 3rd, 2023
Apply Now for SCIA AFA Scholarship
Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association Ag Committee and Agriculture Future of America join forces each year to support an agricultural scholarship program. Applications are now being accepted online at the website www.agfuture.org under the Community Scholarship tab through March 9, 2023.
This year the SCIA Ag Committee will award up to two scholarships. AFA matches community funds, now being raised by the SCIA Ag Committee, to offer $4,450 in each scholarship, including $3,200 academic scholarship and $1,250 to cover the AFA Leaders Conference expenses in Kansas City the following November.
Qualified applicants are Shenandoah, Sidney or Essex high school seniors who will pursue a degree in agriculture or any related field at an accredited college or university. Many majors qualify if they will be applied to the agriculture industry, such as…business, chemistry, horticulture, animal science, education, computer science etc.
The application process also includes an essay sharing the applicant’s personal vision for agriculture and why their interest in an agricultural career. An interview will be conducted soon after March 9th at the SCIA office, 619 W. Sheridan Avenue. Applications must be posted online by March 9th so they can set up interview times. The link to the application is http://www.agfuture.org then click on the community partner scholarship.
The goal of the AFA Scholarship is to identify students with strong potential. Students are also scored on community service and citizenship, activities, work experience, family need, references, grade point (3.0 and above) and student rank. The Essay has the greatest weight in scoring applicants.
The Scholarship winners will be announced at the SCIA Annual Meeting and Ag Banquet to be held later in the spring. SCIA Ag Committee members are now gathering donations for the Agriculture Future of America scholarship. Agriculture Future of America Foundation provides $2,000 to match $2,450 raised locally for each scholarship. Businesses and individuals that wish to contribute should contact SCIA at 246-3455, email@example.com or drop off a check. Checks should be made to Greater Shenandoah Foundation.
January 19th, 2023
Sno-dough Drawing Winner Announced
Winner of the Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association Small Business Sno-dough Drawing is Mary Whitehill of Farragut. SCIA Marketing Director Shelly Warner presented Mary the prized of $500 in Chamber Gift Certificates January 14.
The drawing was designed to encourage Sno-dough purchasers to spend it at small business. They had the opportunity to spend it at 21 different Shenandoah small businesses. The Sno-dough promotion captured $41,885 for holiday shopping in Shenandoah. Mary can now spend the $500 in gift certificates at over 70 SCIA businesses.
January 6th, 2023
2023 Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon Planning Underway
January 4th, 2023
2023 Legislative Briefings Begin Saturday Jan. 28 with New Legislators for Shenandoah
Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association hosts State Legislative Briefings each year for constituents to meet with legislators. This year Shenandoah is represented by two new legislators partly due to new districting boundaries. Senator Tom Shipley, district 11, and Representative Tom Moore, district 2, will now represent Shenandoah in the Iowa State Legislature. Saturday January 28th, 8 a.m. at the Shenandoah Safety Center Bricker Community Room, 400 W. Sheridan Avenue is the first Legislative Briefing of the 2023 session.
This is the first of the series of three question and answer sessions with state legislators. Other dates are February 25 and March 25, each beginning at 8 a.m. This is an opportunity for legislators to brief the public on what is happening in the Iowa Legislature, answer questions, and hear concerns. Pastries and coffee will be served at each session.
December 28th, 2022
2023 SCIA Membership Drive
Our mission is to improve the economic vitality of the Shenandoah area, to expand high paying
employment opportunities, enhance Shenandoah's retail shopping, and to support major
community projects that improve our quality of life.
Discover What the Future Can Hold.
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Some recent accomplishments…...
-Green Plains Clean Sugar facility, $50 million project
-Gifted 25 acres of land for Shenandoah Bio Campus
-Community 1st Credit Union TIF project
-Shenandoah Villa Apartments, 40 units, TIF project
-Midwest Mental Health building facilitated city incentive
-Johnson Brothers Mill rehab TIF project MALOJA LLC.
-Pella Corp. expansion, facilitated lease of 72,000 sq. ft. Shen Business Ctr. (Eaton bldg.)
-Community Based Veterans Outpatient Clinic incentive
-SWIFT high speed Internet facilitator
-Shenandoah Golf Course, facilitated city ownership
-Legacy 3 Theater recliner seating & upgrades facilitator, TIF project
· SCIA pursues successful industrial & business recruitment bringing jobs & customers to Shenandoah commerce. SCIA assists in personnel hiring.
· SCIA teams with city of Shenandoah to implement progressive strategic plans, TIF projects, city business loan proposals & makes great effort for business retention.
· SCIA Board of Directors head committees on housing, industry, small business & tourism working toward improvements in Shenandoah.
· SCIA markets Shenandoah & events thru multi-media advertising, press releases, visitors guide, www.sciaiowa.com website, & social media with beautiful photos, plus monthly radio interviews covering events & timely topics.
· SCIA financially helps support nonprofits in the community, Shenandoah Community Golf Course, Veterans Military Museum, Everly Brothers Childhood Home & countless community organizations.
· SCIA organizes, & promotes community & business events: SCIA Coffees, Ribbon Cuttings, Ag Scholarships, Annual Meeting Banquet, Legislative Briefings, Christmas events, Farmer’s Market, Chamber Gift Certificates, Shenfest, & Wabash Nature Trail Marathon.
November 26th, 2022
Jingle Jam! Night the Lights Come On with Live Reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus
Live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus are the main attraction at the annual Night the Lights Come On Saturday November 26 downtown. Christmas Jingle Jam is the theme for this year’s event organized by Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association. The activities are free to all and sponsored by SCIA, Community 1st Credit Union, Wilson Insurance and Legacy 3 Theater.
Jingle Jam Christmas music and hot chocolate served by the Shenandoah Forum organization will add to the festivities. From 3 to 5 p.m. children will have the opportunity to sit with Santa in his sleigh for photos next to the flatiron clock. Children can see the live reindeer and touch fur and antlers in a display. Mrs. Clause and Miss Shenandoah Carys Woolsey will pass out jingle necklaces to help ring in the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will count down to the downtown lighting at 5:30 p.m.
Stores will be open for Christmas shopping and many downtown small businesses are accepting SCIA Sno-dough payments which enable shoppers to save money and signup for a $500 drawing awarded in January.
Shenandoah Veterans Memorial Museum at 603 W Lowell Avenue will host a fundraising Soup & Pie Supper in their large meeting room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are partnering with the VFW for the supper and will accept free will donations. The museum will be open for tours also.
Mrs. Claus hosts a free Kids Christmas movie with free popcorn and pop for children Saturday December 3, 10 a.m. at Legacy 3 Theatre. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The movie shown in all three theatres will be Polar Express. Seating is limited to 140 seats. Parents can join their small children at the theatre or drop off older children and shop Shenandoah for Christmas gifts.
December 3, 10, and 17th kids can visit Santa at the Everly Brothers Childhood Home, 800 W. Sheridan Avenue, 2-4 p.m. He will have treats and gifts for the kids. Parents are welcome to take photos.
SCIA Marketing Director Shelly Warner encourages everyone to, “See Shenandoah’s beautiful downtown Christmas lights and shop small, shop local. Christmas is an important time for the viability of small businesses and restaurants. Shenandoah is fortunate to have such a retail variety to choose from,” Warner said. “Shenandoah’s lighting is unique. Each year our downtown trees grow suspending the icicle lights higher and higher. The city goes to great effort to continue to create this magical Christmas atmosphere downtown on Sheridan Avenue.”
SCIA is partnering with Forum to Revitalize Shenandoah for a children’s event December 17 “A Day at the North Pole” in the Historical Society Building, 100 S. Maple St. The event will include breakfast with Mrs. Claus 9- 10 a.m. with stories and crafts followed by Santa’s workshop shopping for kids to purchase gifts for Mom and Dad till 1 p.m. Donations of items or dollars for the merchandise are being accepted at Sorensen Auto Plaza. There will be a festive atmosphere and elves and Santa on hand to assist. Reservations are required for breakfast and space is limited to 50 kids. Call SCIA to reserve a spot 712-246-3455. More information for all the Christmas activities at www.sciaiowa.com.
November 18th, 2022
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus & Workshop at the North Pole
November 12th, 2022
Shoppers Save thousands of $ with Sno-dough!
Sno-Dough is back in Shenandoah for the holidays. Don’t miss the
Sno-Dough Sale, November 12th at 8 a.m. Buy packets of $100
Sno-Dough for only $80 to spend at Shenandoah Businesses! It’s like
getting free $20 bills. Shop Small Businesses with Sno-dough and enter a
$500 drawing. Quantities are limited so hurry to the chamber on
Sheridan Avenue Nov. 12th to save through Dec. 31st. Cash sales only.
Shop local and Save big with Sno-dough in Shenandoah.
November 4th, 2022
Holiday Open House Event in Stores
We need a little Christmas right this very minute! Shop Shenandoah’s Holiday open house event in stores November 4th & 5th during regular store hours. Enjoy treats and get a head start on decorating and shopping at Shenandoah Floral, County Line Design, Hansen Jewelers, Browns Shoe Fit, Paper Trail, Sheridan Decorating, Earl May Garden Center, Hineline Home Furnishings and Shenandoah Medical Center Gift Shop. A very Merry Christmas Open House in Shenandoah Friday & Saturday!