Thanks to Loren Turner

Loren Turner has served on the Jefferson Matters: Main Street Board of Directors for almost two years.  We have appreciated his leadership in the Business Improvement Committee.  Loren is the owner of Heaven’s Best.  He plans to stay involved on this committee but step down as chairperson.  Scott Weber of Unger Insurance has accepted the nomination on the Board of Directors and began his 3 yr. term at the February meeting.  Scott and Loren invite interested people to get involved on their committee.

Projects include the CDBG grant, Challenge grant, hosting Business After Hours, Building & Business Inventory, Business Succession, Open 4 Business Competition, helping with City acquired buildings and doing what they can to draw new businesses into the Main Street District. Thanks to Loren Turner

We Believe In Our Businesses

The Promotion Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street has been hard at work taking pictures of every business owner or key employee in the Main Street District.  The Believe In promotion is designed to put a face on every business and encourage customers to shop locally.  These posters were placed in every business by the committee and have been posted to our Facebook page.  The word is getting out with the almost 900 Likes for the Jefferson Matters: Main Street Facebook page.  Check it out!

Don's Ace poster

ISU Retail Scapes Studio returns to Jefferson

Students in the ISU Retail Scapes Studio returned to Jefferson on Feb. 22 to make presentations to the community.  Six groups shared their thoughts on the identity and vision for Jefferson that they perceived from their research and tours of the community.  The student presenters indicated many positive aspects of Jefferson and had great insight on where we want to go.  Over 30 community members listened and then provided feedback to the students.

The next step for the semester class is for the 24 students to select a project within Jefferson and work on a poster with the conceptual ideas.  These posters will be presented in a fair-type atmosphere on Monday, March 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Sierra Theatre. Community members will interact with the students on their projects.

community participation in Retail Scapes in Feb. Retail Scapes presentation

This is a project of Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Greene County Chamber of Commerce and Iowa State Extension & Outreach.

Cash Mob a Big Success!

On Saturday, Feb. 13, over 30 people gathered to participate in the first Cash Mob in Jefferson.  The Promotion Committee got the word out to gather at 10:30 a.m. as “economic activists” drew out a name of a retail business.  Each vowed to spend at least $20 each to jump start the day for a local business.  Ben Franklin/Tech Zone got mobbed and reported over $700 in sales in that hour.  The group moved to Uptown Café where they enjoyed lunch together.  Nancy Teusch was the winner of a gift certificate to Sierra Theatre in downtown Jeffferson.  The committee deemed this promotion a huge success and decided another cash mob will happen this spring.

the Cash Mobbers Lori at BF Angie & girls McGinns Uptown cafe 2