Main Street Iowa conducted the Annual Review of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9-10, in Jefferson. The review was conducted by Debi Flanders and Jane Seaton of the Main Street Iowa staff.
Over the course of the two days, the review team met in hour-long meetings with each of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street committees: Design, Organization, Business Improvement, Promotion, and Tower View Team. They also met in hour-long meetings with city of Jefferson officials, executive committee members of the Greene County Development Corporation, and staff and board members of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.
Flanders and Seaton also reviewed all the program materials compiled over the past year to support the program, especially the action plans of the JMMS committees, board of directors, and executive committee, comprised of the officers of the JMMS board. Officers are Jamie Daubendiek, president; Amy Milligan, vice president; and Carol Ahrenholtz, secretary.
They further reviewed the program’s budget and income statements, annual fund drive, mission and vision statements, bylaws, rosters of the board and committees, job description of the program director, district map, and other marketing and promotion materials.
The annual program review also serves as the accreditation visit for a community to maintain its national Main Street status. The review team looks at 11 criteria, which includes broad-based public support, public and private sector involvement, vision and missions statements, comprehensive action plans with measurable objectives, historic preservation ethic, an active board of director and committees, adequate operating budget, paid program director, ongoing training for staff and volunteers, reporting of key statistics, and current with dues to the National Main Street Network.
The review team found Jefferson to have fulfilled all 11 criteria and officially accredited the program as a National Main Street community. Jefferson is one of 52 communities out of 952 communities in Iowa to achieve the Main Street designation.
Jefferson Matters: Main Street is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson.
If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@ jeffersonmatters.org or visit the office at 110 West Lincoln Way in the restored “5 Spot Hamburger Shop” historic building. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org and the JMMS page on Facebook.
Angie Reese-Hueser has been named to the Jefferson Matters: Main Street board of directors. She works at Wilcox, Polking, Gerken, Schwarzkopf, Copeland & Williams, P.C. as the Legal Assistant/Paralegal to Vicki R. Copeland. Angie grew up in Jefferson and moved back to the area after completing college. Her husband Jon and she have two children. Jacob is 14 and a freshman, and Ethan is 12 and in 7th grade.
Angie will also serve as the chairperson of the organization committee for Jefferson Matters: Main Street.
JMMS is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson. If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@ jeffersonmatters.org.
Visitors seeking information about downtown Jefferson are encouraged to visit the office at 110 West Lincoln Way in the restored “5 Spot Hamburger Shop” historic building. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at www.jeffersonmatters.org and on Facebook on the Jefferson Matters page.
Hilary Greenberg, a nationally known business redevelopment specialist, will be the featured presenter at a Main Street Iowa regional workshop, “Tips for Building a Healthier Business Mix,” in Jefferson on Wednesday, July 23.
Greenberg is the principal of Greenberg Development Services, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting firm that specializes in business recruitment, retention and redevelopment programs for neighborhood commercial corridors and downtowns. She is nationally recognized for economic development training programs used by Main Street communities across the country.
She is a regular speaker at state and national downtown conferences, including sessions for the National League of Cities.
Greenberg will be discussing business recruitment and business retention in a “lunch and learn” event in Jefferson from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the business center in the lower level of Sierra Community Theatre. Cost of the lunch (half-sandwich with toppings, chips, cookie and beverage) is $5. The event is hosted by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.