Volunteer Spotlight:

More than 40 volunteers contribute over 2,000 volunteer hours each year to provide mission driven services, promotions, events, and programming focused on community development in the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our members.

Phillip Platz

Phillip Platz is currently chasing his passion for web and video in his marketing position at Mount Mercy University. His experience as a marketing and multimedia professional, broadcast designer, production director, editor and web developer serve him well in all his business and volunteer pursuits.

Over the years, Phillip has developed a passion for bicycling, human rights, community development and accessibility. These passions are evident in the organizations that he chooses to be involved with. Phillip presently serves on the boards of the Linn County Trails Association and Uptown District. In addition, he serves on Mount Mercy University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and on the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District’s Promotions Committee. Phillip also frequently participates in Corridor Out Professionals and Corridor Urbanism social events.

Phillip became a member of the promotions committee in the summer of 2016 after he hosted a game of Capture the Flag which pitted New Bohemia against Czech Village (watch for a rematch this spring!). Jennifer thought Phillip’s talents for video and his passion for community engagement and development were well suited for the promotions committee – and she was right! Phillip’s hard work and enthusiasm is being recognized at the Main Street Iowa 2016 Awards Ceremony on April 7 in Des Moines where he will receive the Leadership Award.

“I carefully select which associations I’m involved in, as it’s important to me that my work has a measurable impact,” says Phillip. “CVNBMS is a proven leader in driving change and investment and creating impact in the community I live in.”