On Friday evening, April 29, nearly 450 individuals from communities across Iowa came together in downtown Des Moines to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Main Street Iowa. During this celebration, local Main Street innovations, leaders, entrepreneurships, private investments along with the catalytic power of the Main Street program were recognized. Gov. Terry Branstad and Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Debi Durham, presented several honors to area recipients. “The Main Street program has a far greater impact than we ever could have imagined in 1985,” Branstad told those gathered. “This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on challenges overcome, the successes and the areas of opportunity that exist on the horizon.” The community of Manning came away from the evening with the Game Changer Award for their comprehensive façade improvement initiative. Leadership Awards were also presented to those community leaders who have made significant volunteer contributions to their local Main Street program’s downtown revitalization mission. Winners include: Dale and Debbie Menning of Guthrie Center; Chris Heisterkamp of Jefferson; Dawn Rohe of Manning; and Bobbie Wells of Sac City. Three local communities also reached million dollar benchmarks with Jefferson attaining $3 million; Manning reaching $2 million and Guthrie Center hitting the $1 million milestone.
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