Senior and graduate students from Iowa State’s College of Design can enroll in a studio class called Retail Scapes studio. The class focuses on one community for the entire semester with each student eventually selecting a project. The Main Street Board of Directors was approached to consider working with the class and enthusiastically made the financial and time commitment. A goal of branding the community this year led to this idea of working with the students to get fresh ideas.
Students are conducting their own research on Jefferson but also visited the community on Jan. 27 for a driving tour and a chance to walk around on their own. More than 40 community members attended a gathering late in the day to be interviewed individually by students on their perceptions and ideas for Jefferson. These students will return to the community throughout the semester.
Home State Bank in Jefferson renewed their three year pledge of $10,000 per year to Jefferson Matters: Main Street. This financial commitment as well as support of their staff members on various committees and projects is very much appreciated by the JM:MS Board of Directors.
The 2015 Investment Drive is near completion as a review of 2015 activities and plans for 2016 were presented by President Jamie Daubendiek and Vice-President Amy Milligan to the HSB Board of Directors. Investors of $2,500 or more will be presented information annually to show where their generous funds are being used.
Investors in Main Street can be individuals, organizations, retail and service businesses in the community. Anyone wanting to be involved in making our downtown strong and revitalized through historic preservation is invited to become an investor. Contact the Main Street Office for more information.
Main Street volunteers put together the baskets of greenery again this year to be hung by the City of Jefferson on the lampposts in the downtown district. When the lampposts are lit, the town is ready for Christmas!
Thanks to Jean Walker for coordinating this effort with the City of Jefferson. Fifteen volunteers worked to put these together.