What has Main Street Guthrie Center Accomplished in 2016?
  • Received award at Main Street Iowa annual banquet for achieving the $1 million investment level in downtown revitalization
  • Current investment level for 2016 is $4.9
  • Implemented a Business Grant program locally and awarded over $22,000 in grants to 6 downtown businesses
  • Organized a Clean Up effort downtown in April
  • Held 2nd Annual 50115 Fest in downtown on June 24
  • Sent E-Newsletters quarterly to MSGC donors
  • Offered cinnamon rolls in downtown prior to the Guthrie County Fair Parade
  • Maintained planters in downtown streetscape
  • Purchased one additional planter for downtown
  • Hosted Small Business Administration workshop
  • Coordinated Main Street Iowa Staff for free technical assistance to three businesses
  • Hosted “Let’s Celebrate Guthrie Center” dinner
  • Continued historical research on downtown commercial buildings
  • Provided regular information about MSGC through newspaper and radio coverage
  • Attended the Iowa Downtown Summit in Mason City
  • Sponsored Western Iowa Folk Alliance Music Circle monthly in downtown GC
  • Coordinated the BOO HOO Scarecrow Contest for downtown businesses
  • Enhanced tourism efforts through marketing Guthrie Center to group tour travel coordinators & advertising in Our Iowa magazine
  • Achieved operational capacity and program expectations for National Main Street Accreditation
  • Received a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant
  • Assisted Western Skies Scenic Byway with a public art proposal for downtown Guthrie Center
  • Secured a $10,000 grant from the Guthrie County Foundation to support the public art project
  • Staff attendance at National Main Street Conference
  • Implemented the Youth on Main Street program with 11 students from GC High School
  • Participated in a First Impressions community exchange thru Main Street Iowa
  • Hosted Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds for tour of women owned/operated businesses in Guthrie Center
  • Supported Car Show in downtown Guthrie Center
  • Invested $30,000 in long-term financial stability of MSGC from 2015 carry-forward funds
  • Participated in regional EntreBASH event