Letter to the Editor: Fortunate to have Steckman’s leadership
Letter: Fortunate to have Steckman’s leadership
Mason City Globe Gazette
TOM THOMA Updated Oct 17, 2016
Rep. Sharon Steckman has been a state leader in improving Iowa’s Historic Preservation Tax Credits, which helped renovate the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel in Mason City.
At the time of this legislation I was director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. I had the pleasure of working with Steckman on improving Iowa’s Historic Preservation Tax Credits. She was instrumental in making sure the state partnered with local communities like Mason City to boost revitalization efforts, improve the quality of life and create good jobs across Iowa.
These tax credits have been an important part of making Mason City a vibrant community. Mason City has the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in existence. This amazing hotel had fallen into neglect.
Thanks to the work and financial support of many dedicated members of the community and the use of historic tax credits, the hotel was able to reopen in 2011, again becoming an important part of out city’s character. Thousands of visitors come annually to Mason City from across the globe to see the only remaining Wright hotel.
The indirect costs from these visits like gas, meals at restaurants, shopping and overnight stays all add to the economic vitality to Mason City.
Historic tax credits have also been used to restore City Bank and Glass Block Building, the J.E.E. Markley Building, Stockman House, Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., Parkers Opera House, and work is ongoing on the Egloff House, Lapiner Building and S.S. Kresge Building.
Steckman has the vision and insight to see opportunities that will benefit the state of Iowa and, most of all, her district. We are fortunate to have her leadership and tireless energy as a state legislator.
Cyndi Pederson, Des Moines, formerly of Ventura