Hamilton County SEED was acknowledged as a certified Main Street community at the National Main Streets Conference held in Chicago recently. The certification process involved meeting criteria that is evaluated by Main Street Iowa and the National Main Street Center. Hamilton County towns of Ellsworth, Jewell and Stratford have been certified each year since the recognition program began.
The certification process not only serves as a way to recognize exceptional Main Street programs, but also as a tool to guide programs in their efforts. Certified communities commit to hiring a professional director and raising funds from public and private sources to sustain an office. These towns use work plans to guide efforts in all four areas of the Main Street Approach, educate staff and volunteers by sending them to training and do all of this using a historic preservation ethic.
"We congratulate this year's accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting our established performance standards," says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. "Rebuilding a district's economic health and maintaining that success requires broad-based community involvement and support, in addition to establishing a solid organization with sound management that is committed to long-term success."
For more information about the Main Street Four Point Approach and economic development in Hamilton County contact Catherine Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-832-9575.