Main Street to hold meeting, set course for next decade

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


As Main Street Washington celebrates its 10th year in town, Director Sarah Grunewaldt is looking to the next 10 years and how the economic development organization will help the downtown?s continued growth.

Main Street Washington will host a Community Visioning Meeting on Monday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m., in the Washington Public Library, to give the public a chance to give input on planning for the future of Washington.

Michael Wagler, of Main Street Iowa, and Main Street Washington will lead the meeting through discussions and goal settings for the coming years. Wagler led such a meeting when Main Street Washington was first being formed 10 years ago as a way for the community to identify what is important and what work needed to be done.

?It was a way of building our community up and moving forward,? Grunewaldt said. ?We?re really excited to have him come back after 10 years and have him do this program again.?

The ideas from the meeting, as well as a community survey that was distributed last week, will be used by the Main Street Washington Board of Directors during its annual retreat to make strategic goals for the coming year, two years, five years, and 10 years.

Grunewaldt believes suggestions on public improvement, such as trail improvements and access to public areas, will top the list of goals. She sees a wish list of new businesses for the downtown area and for new special events being gathered. While Main Street Washington already has several events going throughout the year, Grunewaldt would like to see even more events coming from the organization. She also hopes this will be a meeting to identify people who would be willing to volunteer time to help make these items a reality.

?It takes hands and passion to get those pulled off,? she said.

For people passionate about certain areas, Grunewaldt says small groups will be formed to discuss particular issues for guided instruction in discussion of the topic.

For information regarding the meeting, contact Grunewaldt at 653-3918.