The Organizing for Main Street Centerville and Main Street Iowa will hold a community announcement to welcome the Centerville Historic Square District as a new Main Street Iowa community. Michael Wagler, State Coordinator and Darlene Strachan, Assistant State Coordinator, Mary Wells, Main Street Centerville Director, Board of Directors and committee members will be present at the event.
The presentation will be at the bandshell on the Centerville Courthouse lawn at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
In order to become designated Main Street Iowa community, applicants must meet high standards. Community representatives must attend rigorous training sessions before even being eligible to apply. They must demonstrate support from local organizations, businesses and lawmakers; funding and in-kind support must be secured and documented; strategic plans outlining short- and long-term goals must be in place. Most importantly, community officials, business owners and volunteers must agree to work together with the common goals of preserving Iowa’s historic buildings and unique commercial business districts, and improving the local economy by adopting and following the Main Street Four Point Approach® to historic commercial district revitalization.
“We are excited about the Main Street Designation and the partnership with the Main Street Iowa team. The access to their tried and proven four point approach to the revitalization and stabilization of our historic downtown will help ours to stay vibrant and the heart of our Community,” said Mary Wells.
For further information about the event, call Mary Wells, (641) 895-2088 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Those pledging by July 1, 2015 will become a founding member of Organizing for Main Street, and will have their name or business name engraved on our Founders Plaque. To pledge an investment amount, mail information to Organizing for Main Street, 307 N. 13th Street, Centerville, IA 52544. Please include an individual’s contact name, business name (if applicable), address, phone number and e-mail as well as your pledge amount and whether you are pledging a yearly or monthly contribution.
In 2014, Organizing for Main Street took several steps to solidify our organization to better service our community:
- The downtown vision has been developed and the OMS Strategic Plan and Committee goals and budgets have been set for 2015.
- We continue to work under the Main Street Four Point approach and will apply for state certification in the summer of 2015.
- The OMS website is online and a newsletter was developed.
- Conducted quarterly socials with themes of communications, free online presence options, second story tours and fire safety.
- Worked cooperatively with the Chamber to promote downtown shopping as a destination on Second Saturdays. Designed and co-sponsored Second Saturday Flags.
- OMS had a presence at Wine Fest; Children’s Art Festival; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; and Pancake Day.
- Accepted ownership of three historical murals.
- Assisted Appanoose Economic Development Corporation with the downtown tours in September and October.
- Hired State Main Street Team to perform a downtown assessment. OMS coordinated this three day assessment of the downtown that involved widespread community input. As a result, there were nine themes identified for improvements. A timeline was developed and tasks were distributed among the Chamber, Organizing for Main Street, Historic Preservation, Appanoose Economic Development and the City of Centerville.
- Established an office space and hired a full-time director, Mary Wells.
Encourages a community to focus on the district as a source of community pride, social activity and economic development potential.
Utilizes appropriate design and preservation concepts, to enhance the visual quality of the district (buildings, signs, window displays, landscaping and environment).
Diversifies the historic district’s economy by identifying potential market niches, finding new users for vacant or under used spaces and improving business practices.
With coordination by a paid program director, organization brings together the public sector, private groups and individual citizens to work together more effectively.