Mini-grant painting in downtown

Jefferson Matters: Main Street offers a mini-grant for building facades to property owners in the Main Street District.  The mini-grant will pay for materials and offers labor for painting improvements.  On Wed., Oct. 25, a group of five volunteers painted the facades of Town & Farm Realty and Select Office Systems on Chestnut.  With about five hours of work, the two buildings received a new fresh look.  Thanks to Tim Ely, Pat Kliegl, Bill Raney, Deb Kucerak and Mikki Schwarzkopf for their volunteer time towards this project.

Jamie Daubendiek receives Governors Volunteer Award

Jefferson, IA – Jamie Daubendiek of Jefferson received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held September 25 in Pleasant Hill.

Jamie Daubendiek was honored with an individual award by Michael Wagler of Main Street Iowa for his leadership role within the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program.

“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “I’m pleased to honor those who have given of themselves to meet the needs of others. Their commitment helps improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state’s volunteerism rate in the top ten nationally.”

More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.

“Volunteering is win-win,” Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. “Not only does it have a positive impact on the individuals served, but also transforms the individuals giving. The dedication of those selected for these awards often encourages others to get involved, and I’m happy to recognize them for their important contributions.”

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program—now in its 34th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. More information is available at

Family Feud postponed

The Family Feud event scheduled for Saturday has been postponed with a date to be planned in the spring.  We thank the teams who offered to be involved.  Any tickets purchased will be reimbursed.

Family Feud~Jefferson Edition

Where do you get ice cream in Jefferson?  Name a business on the Square … or a street named after a President.

It’s questions like these that will have four teams competing in the second edition of Family Feud~Jefferson Edition on Saturday night, October 21, at the History Boy Theatre Company at RVP~1875 in Jefferson.

This version of Family Feud is a FUNdraiser for Jefferson Matters: Main Street and promises to be another hilarious evening of friendly competition. Family Feud is the game show where knowing the “right” answer isn’t necessarily the way to victory – as all answers are based on survey questions answered by the general public. In the case of Jefferson’s Family Feud game, survey questions were asked at the 2017 Bell Tower Festival of residents and visitors of all ages.

Four new teams are this year’s contestants in this annual event and will be announced soon. Teams, representing a wide variety of community members, have been challenged to be entertaining and fun – just like those on the Family Feud game show.   The host, Rick Morain, a well-known personality in Greene County, is bound to keep the teams on their toes.

The October 21 event is unique in many ways. It will begin with a social hour from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with BYOB (bring your own beverage) and delicious appetizers from Jefferson restaurants. The first Family Feud game will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the next two teams competing on board following. The event will end with wine-tasting and a dessert bar to recap the shenanigans that took place.

This Family Feud event was successful in its 2016 inaugural year. The Main Street committee invites the public to make plans to attend. This is the only fundraiser event for Jefferson Matters: Main Street to help accomplish the many projects that are undertaken.

Tickets for the event are $25 and available at The Printer’s Box, Home State Bank, Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, and the Jefferson Matters: Main Street office at 110 W Lincoln Way. With limited seating, purchase your tickets soon.

Live commercials will be performed by History Boy Theatre actors, so this is another great option to support this fundraising event by purchasing one.  2017 Family Feud Advertising

Incentives for Main Street presentation Oct. 9

What is available for me as a business and building owner in the Main Street District? This question and more will be discussed at the Business After Hours presentation on Monday, October 9 at the Elk’s Lodge in Jefferson. The presentation entitled “Incentives for Main Street” will be led by Main Street Iowa business specialists Robin Bostrom and Jim Thompson. They will review programs available from the state and federal levels including tax credit programs. Rebates and more from local utility providers that other Main Street communities take advantage of will be shared. Local incentive programs available in Jefferson will also be included along with a chance for brainstorming some possibilities with examples from other communities. A map of the Main Street District is available on the Jefferson Matters: Main Street website under the About tab.

This is a free presentation open to all interested and is hosted by the Economic Vitality Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street. The social time begins at 5:15 pm on Oct. 9 at the Elk’s Lodge with snacks and a free drink sponsored by Peoples Trust & Savings Bank. The presentation will begin at 5:45 pm and expected to last 45 minutes with time for questions.