I recently read the latest Mason City Chamber of Commerce newsletter, and would like to say I was very disappointed in the article titled WE ASKED.† I believe surveys are needed, and opinions help organizations like yourselves make better decisions, and help to continuously improve.† However, I do not believe this type of information needs to be publicized in your news letter for public viewing.† Especially, when some answers degrade the perception of our city; the perception of potential new businesses, or individuals thinking of moving to our town.† Three items were drawn to my attention.† First, finding quality workers being the single biggest obstacle to operating a successful business in North Iowa.†† To me you are stating that we do not have quality workers available in North Iowa for new business to move here and be successful.† Maybe the surveyors are simply indicating they are unable to find quality workers who will work part time for minimum wage?† There are many ways to read into this.† Second, stating that our city council is a joke.† How does publicizing this attract businesses to Mason City?† Who’s opinions are these?† Yes, we have some issues fundamentally which could be better with our council, but to call it a joke?† Third, other issues state that Mason City has an acrimonious local environment.† Another non productive statement which will not help bring business to Mason City.† I find it hard to believe that out of almost 200 surveyors, more than one used the word acrimonious. †Were these answers selected to intentionally bring attention to a few people’s opinions about our city, or to build a wall between the Chamber and the Council?† The mission of the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote progressive economic and community development to enhance our quality of life.† Please tell me how publishing this survey helps you accomplish your mission.† I believe you owe the citizens of Mason City an apology for printing the results of your survey.
Publisher’s note from Matt Marquardt:
Mr. Tiedemann submitted the above letter to all the Mason City Chamber of Commerce leaders on Thursday, November 18th. He says he has received no response from any of them.
Read the Chamber’s November newsletter newsletter here.||