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The mission of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection is to serve as a catalyst for plans, strategies, programs, and services that promote growth in our historic downtown district and surrounding businesses resulting in the best community in which to live, work, and do business.
As a volunteer organization, the Story City Greater Chamber Connection offers quality events that highlight the assets of the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Distinguishing characteristics include Story City’s historic downtown district, the 1913 antique carousel and the 1936 swinging bridge. These unique features are incorporated into special gatherings and traditions to give families and friends of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the best of small town life.
With a strong economy and preservation ethic, Story City continues to be a progressive and vibrant community drawing on the resources available as an accredited Main Street Iowa Community. The Story City GCC promotes and encourages - with the aid of its partners - a quality mix of retailers, restaurants, service businesses and industry to provide for the community and complement the exceptional school system, welcoming churches, dynamic employment market, beautiful surroundings, and diverse recreational opportunities.
The Story City GCC assists with the management of growth and opportunity while serving as the communications hub for area activities. The entire community will continue to share in a sense of accomplishment and well-being knowing that Story City is a better place to live, work, and do business. The Story City GCC invites everyone to come see what we’re all about.
Our 4-Point Approach
The Story City GCC follows the National Main Street Center’s 4-point approach for downtown revitalization in a community-wide effort, remembering that the heart of our community lies in the downtown. The four key committees under the GCC Board of Directors are Promotion, Organization, Economic Vitality and Design (see tabs below). In addition, the GCC manages Story City's historic Antique Carousel, owns and operates the venerable Charlson Building and collaborates on the Scandinavian Days festival.
Identifies opportunities for the commercial district, finds new uses for vacant buildings & stimulates property investment.
Business Networking Events
Golf Outing & Social
Fabulous Friday Merchant Coffees
Yulefest Shop Small Saturday
Promotes Story City as a place of commerce, culture & community life for residents and visitors alike.
Art in the Park
Downtown Trick or Treat with Touch-a-Truck
Easter Bunny Trail
Yulefest Tree Lighting
Shapes the image of Story City via public art, beautification, way-finding, partnership appreciation & historic preservation.
Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Public Art Projects
Window Design Contests
Builds strong, broad-based public and private support for the commercial district & revitalization initiative.
Duck Race & Broad Street BBQ
Partnership Drive & Directory
1913 Antique Carousel
Story City’s carousel was built in 1913 and is one of only about 100 antique carousels still operating today.
Opening Day May 29th
$1.00 for one ride ticket – all riders ages 3-to-adult need a ticket to ride
$5.00 for six tickets – save almost 17% per ride
$15.00 for a 20-ride punch card – save 25% per ride; for sale at carousel (when open) or GCC office (524 Broad Street; M-Th 9-5, Fri 9-3)
*** Punch cards do not expire ***
Follow the Story City Antique Carousel on Facebook for updates.
Group events, parties & tours welcome May through October
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Story City Antique Carousel!
Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Present, Embracing our Future.