Main Street lessons
19 Jan 2018
Terry Poe Buschkamp was the Main Street executive director for Waterloo in the early 2000s when that city’s downtown was struggling.
When she left that position in 2008, dozens of new businesses had opened and Waterloo’s main street had taken on a better vibe, she said.
“We brought people to our downtown in Waterloo,” Buschkamp said. “They thought it was a fun, clean, safe place to be.”
She added, “They are now thriving.”
Buschkamp and Tim Reinders, both specialists from Main Street Iowa, led two separate Main Street visioning sessions Thursday inside the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance offices. About 25 people attended.
Fort Dodge was readmitted to the Main Street Iowa program in August 2017 with the hope that it too can prosper.
The Main Street program is led by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Its goal is to improve the downtown area of the cities that are part of the program.
The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, along with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the city of Fort Dodge, applied for the designation.