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.
Evergreen Baskets Hung
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.
Mini-Grant & Paint Iowa Beautiful to Lawton Family Chiropractic
Lawton Family Chiropractic has been trying to take a look at their storefront to make improvements. Through a Main Street grant of paint through Paint Iowa Beautiful, a group of volunteers painted the façade with a fresh coat of white. Amber had a local construction company remove an air conditioner over the door and replaced with a board which was also painted. For this improvement, she applied for a mini-grant and received $125 in reimbursement for that change. We appreciate that Lawton Family Chiropractic is interested in doing what they can to improve the look of downtown Jefferson!
CDBG Moving Forward
The Business Improvement Committee hosted a Business After Hours on Monday, Oct. 5 for all those interested in learning more about the Community Development Block Grant. Ed Basch of the Iowa Economic Development Authority presented updated information about this grant and answered questions of the 60 people in attendance.
The Block Grant Committee interviewed 5 architectural firms on Oct. 6 and made a recommendation to the Jefferson City Council. Region XII Council of Governments is providing two experienced grant writers to help with this process. The CDBG is due in early February, 2016.
Jefferson- Make Over Crew
A group of volunteers are making a huge impact! Members of the Design Committee are taking a hands-on approach with a bucket of paint, ladders and lifts. Deb Kucerak was awarded a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant for paint to improve facades in downtown Jefferson. A recommendation of black paint to help simulate windows on Angie’s Teagarden was completed by Chris Heisterkamp and Susan Fray. The former Aha Bakery building was painted a lighter color to attract attention to potential buyers. This was painted by Deb and Susan. Thanks to all of these volunteers for Main Street better known as J-MOC!