Members of Jefferson Matters: Main Street and the City of Jefferson attended the Main Street Iowa 30th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 29 in Des Moines. Jefferson received several awards at the ceremony.
Jefferson also received a plaque as they reached the $3 million benchmark for private funds used for downtown revitalization efforts since the program began in 2012. President Jamie Daubendiek and City Council member Harry Ahrenholtz were on hand to receive this award. Seventeen people from the community were in attendance at this special event.
Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s Board of Directors would like to invite the public to view a movie directly related to their goals of a historic preservation of the downtown and transformation toward a vibrant and dynamic district. Urban Century: America’s Return to Man Street is documentary filmed in 2014.
Summary: After decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities all across the country are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play, Examining this current rebirth of Main Street through the lens of several towns, including Flint, MI and Joplin, MO, Urban Century takes a refreshingly hopeful look at how these places from our past are becoming the key to our country’s future. This isn’t a story about saving Main Street, but about how Main Street just might save us. Whether it’s economic downturn, climate change, or a glowingly unhealthy population, could the solutions to our biggest problems be as simple as returning to our urban roots?
Main Street President, Jamie Daubendiek instigated the viewing of this movie by the community and said, “ I saw this movie at the 2015 Iowa Downtown Summit and I was captivated so much by it, I wanted to figure out a way to bring it back and show everyone in Jefferson. This movie provides a unique historical view point on the rise and fall of Main Street America and now its most recent rise. The economics behind a successful Main Street are easily presented in this documentary and I hope to fill the theater and get people energized about our downtown and continue to take it to the next level.”
We invite all interested to spend their lunch hour at the Sierra Theatre. Lunch will be available from Uptown Café for a free will donation at 11:45 am. The movie will begin at noon and last for a little over an hour. Terry Buschkamp, Main Street Iowa staff, will lead a short discussion following the movie.
Please make reservations on our website at www.jeffersonmatters.org by May 11.
Students from the ISU College of Design presented their final posters to over 30 community members on Monday, April 25. Residents were very impressed with the design interventions proposed. A full report with all of the projects will be sent to Jefferson Matters: Main Street to share with the City of Jefferson and Chamber of Commerce in hopes of incorporating these ideas into plans for the future.