Grundy Center Chamber-Main Street

About Grundy Center Chamber-Main Street

The Iowa Economic Development Authority named Grundy Center a Main Street community in August of 2015. This designation provides local, state and federal resources to enhance and preserve Grundy Center’s beautiful and historic main street district.  A major focus of the Main Street approach is to preserve the historic buildings that give our district charm and to strengthen the businesses that are located in our community.  We strive to capture the old and promote the new.

MSGC has been working on plans to beautify our district’s streetscape with new planters and seating areas.  We are developing action plan’s to restore our historic building facades in the near future and have hosted a variety of workshops for local business owners.


We are working hard to promote the wonderful retailers and service businesses that we have in our downtown district.  Grundy Center is a great place to live, work and shop.


Grundy Center Chamber-Main Street
2019 Committee Action Plans


Design
PRIORITY: Improving visual aesthetic of the community through historic preservation and beautification

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES: Implement four One Small Step Program grants, complete two cleanup days, complete four consultations utilizing Design Guidelines

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES:
Oversee One Small Step grant program
Historic Preservation Month activities (May) – collaborate with Historical Society/Pres Commission, Historic Trolley Tour, Historic Homes Tour
“Wine & Shine” Spring Cleanup Day (coordinate with H.S. Service Day)
“Brooms & Brews” Fall Cleanup Days (coordinate with H.S. Homecoming?)
Launch Design Guidelines

 

Organization
PRIORITY: Identify funding sources, recruit and retain volunteers; ensure organization stability through sound policies, procedures, and practices; maintain National Accreditation

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES: $75,000 of funds raised annually through pledges/sponsorships; increase volunteer base by 10%; maintain National Accreditation

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES:
Oversee Ambassadors and Torch Club
Update Bylaws, Mission, Vision, Policies & Procedures Handbook, BOD member agreements (Jan)
Volunteer Recognition Reception (Feb)
Assist in applying for grants (Challenge, Community Catalyst, Comm Foundation)
Member/Sponsor Packages (launch in July – promote in Sept/Oct, window cling delivery in Dec)
Accreditation (Dec)
Staff review & development plan (Dec)

 

Promotion
PRIORITY: Develop effective and affordable promotional pieces to promote events and organization to various demographics

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES: Increased event attendance, website traffic, social media followers and engagements

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES:
Marketing & advertising strategy (Center Theatre, social media, paid, etc)
Oversee logo and website re-design with Community Calendar and mobile app capability (Jan/Feb)
Table tent program (April)
Quarterly ad in Grundy Register
Promotional Brochure development and distribution
New banners (stand up and vinyl) (Aug)
New Resident Welcome Packet (Dec)
Signature Events: Cabin Fever Reliever (Feb 28-Mar 2), Chocolate Walk (April), Car Shows (Third Thurs June-Sept), Taste of the Good Life in GC (Sept- during Restaurant Week/Homecoming), Girls Night Out (Oct), Main Street Mingle & Small Business Saturday (Nov)

Economic Vitality
PRIORITY: Identify specific opportunities, educate business owners, leverage grant/funding resources for business and building owners.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES: Complete market analysis, conduct four business seminars, complete at least one major grant, successful partnership with Ag Day stakeholders, obtain four prospective business contacts/relationships

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES:
Quarterly business seminars
Assist with housing opportunities and projects
Open for Business Competition (March)
Market Analysis 201
National Ag Day Activity (March) partner with Farm Bureau
Ag business recruiting strategy
Challenge Grant app development and submittal (Sept)
Community Catalyst Grant pre-app & app (Nov & Dec)Type your paragraph here.

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