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Mount Pleasant is a proud, yet friendly, community in southeast Iowa, a hub of culture and business surrounded by a postcard-worthy countryside. If you are locating in or returning to our area, we invite you to stop by the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance office in our historic downtown, where you are assured of finding a warm smile and all the information you’ll need to feel right at home. We also encourage you to explore the community online through our website, www.mountpleasantiowa.org.

Is history your passion? Then Mount Pleasant is your place. A steady flow of legendary speakers in the mid-19th century, including Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, helped earn the community the nickname “The Athens of Iowa.” A century and a half later, a visitor to the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College will stroll past a statue of Arabella Babb Mansfield, the first woman lawyer in the nation admitted to the Bar, and a uniform that once belonged to Dr. Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the international space station. Both graduated from the college, as did Dr. Thomas Poulter, chief scientist on two of Admiral Richard Byrd’s Antarctic expeditions, and Dr. James Van Allen, principal investigator for the Explorer I and III satellite missions. More recently, Mount Pleasant launched Tom Vilsack, once the city’s mayor, who went on to terms as Governor of Iowa and Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama.


While science, law and governance are admirable pursuits, Mount Pleasant also is justifiably proud of its agricultural heritage. This is most evident over the long Labor Day weekend, when thousands of visitors from across the country and around the globe pour into the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. From the chug of countless antique tractors to the sight of a coal black steam locomotive pulling passenger cars loaded with laughing children, Old Threshers will warm the hearts of anyone nostalgic for a simpler time.

And yet, even with our reverence for the past, Mount Pleasant remains focused on the future. Several large employers and hundreds of commercial and specialty enterprises keep the community humming with economic activity. Business people especially appreciate Mount Pleasant’s strong, engaged leadership and location at the intersection of two four-lane highways with six metropolitan markets within a day’s drive. An ever-expanding list of amenities that includes an aquatic center, bike and canoe trails, library and civic center, golf course, community theater and multiple sports complexes, ensure there is plenty of fun when the work day is done.

At the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, a partnership of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism, we strive to accelerate economic growth in our community and the surrounding area. We invite you to discover the many reasons why we are so proud of Mount Pleasant. Please use this guide to find the products and services you need while also supporting local businesses.


Kiley Miller
Executive Vice President
Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance

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