Nominations Sought For “Spirit Of Keokuk” Awards

Main Street Keokuk, Inc., the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau, and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation, are seeking nominations for the 29th Annual Spirit of Keokuk Awards.

“We’d like to encourage the community to submit nominations for the 2019 Spirit of Keokuk Awards. We are always looking for those individuals, projects, or groups that make a difference in Keokuk,” said Kirk Brandenberger of Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau.

The intent of the award is to recognize individuals, businesses, and/or organizations that have made significant contributions of their time, talent, and expertise toward the economic vitality of the Keokuk area.

When determining a nominee, it is important to ask, did this person, business or organization help shape a more positive future for Keokuk by creating the right jobs and/or by making the Keokuk area a more attractive place – a place where people want to live, invest and spend leisure time?

The nominators are advised to write their nomination with the assumption that those reading and scoring the nomination have never heard of the person, organization, or business.

● Print or type the nomination or fill out online nomination form at
● Use separate forms for multiple nominations
● Keep nominations to space allocated on the form and one additional sheet of paper
● Do not assume that the scorers of the nomination know the person, project or group being nominated – be clear and concise
● Nominator’s name and contact information should be included on the form
● Nominations must be received by 5:00, January 21st.

Nomination forms may be requested by email
at,, or Forms
may also be picked up and returned to: the Main Street and Chamber office building at 511 Blondeau
or Tourism office at 428 Main Street, Keokuk, Iowa 52632.

The 2019 Spirit of Keokuk Award recipients will be recognized at the Annual Spirit of Keokuk Celebration to be held at Meyers Courtyard, Thursday, January 31st, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This celebration will serve as the annual meeting for Main Street Keokuk, Inc., Keokuk Area Chamber of
Commerce, Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau, and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Keokuk Area Chamber and Main Street Keokuk, Inc. offices at 511 Blondeau Street or Keokuk Tourism at 428 Main Street. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

“The early evening reception and awards ceremony with appetizers and drinks is an easy and fun way to celebrate our organizations leadership, volunteers, and the Spirit of Keokuk 2019 winners,” said Joyce Glasscock, Main Street Keokuk, Inc. executive director.

“We know there are many great people and organizations to nominate this year, said Shelley Oltmans, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, “We look forward to reading thoughtful nominations, it’s always difficult, but also a pleasure to choose the awardees.”

Questions may be directed to the Chamber at 524-5055, Main Street Keokuk, Inc. at 524-5056, and Tourism at 524-5599.