Greenfield Chamber Main Street receives National Accrediation

Greenfield Chamber/Main Street has spent the year re-organizing and fine tuning its goals and objectives.    Main Street, as it relates to historic commercial district development, is a copyrighted and trademarked process.  It is owned by the National Main Street Center, Inc.  Main Street Iowa, by contractual agreement, is responsible for monitoring the process in Iowa.  All Main Street Iowa communities, by virtue of their annual membership with the National Main Street Center, Inc. and by contractual agreement with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, promise and agree to use this process in their commercial district development efforts.  The purpose of an annual visit is to support the efforts of the local Main Street organization by evaluation of the past year’s progress and to assure the National Main Street Center, Inc. that the integrity of the process is being upheld.  Greenfield’s Annual Program Review was held May 7-8, 2013.   There are eleven criteria which a program has to meet to receive National Accreditation:  1. Broad-based public support for the commercial district revitalization process 2. Public/Private sector involvement 3. Vision and mission statements 4. Comprehensive Main Street action plans with measurable objectives in each of the Four Points · Economic Restructuring (Business Improvement) · Design · Organization · Promotions 5. Historic preservation ethic 6. Active board of directors and committees 7. Adequate operating budget 8. Paid, professional program director 9. Program of on-going training for staff and volunteers, including attendance at mandatory Main Street Iowa workshops 10. Reporting of key statistics 11. Current member of the National Main Street Network Greenfield Chamber/Main Street received high regards in the excellent progress that has been made to rebuild the organization.  Noted accomplishments included: an accurate and adequate budget, a policies and procedures manual, the new Greenbucks, the updated website and new brochure, the planning wall in the office, city relations, re-energized volunteers, and the addition or re-introduction of activities/events.   The Main Street Iowa staff, Thom Guzmon and Darlene Strachan, made some recommendations to the local main street program as well.  Some of those items included: review and update the vision and mission statement, as re-organization continues refine action plans to be more volunteer driven, make it a priority to wrap up the annual fund drive by May 31st, de-clutter storage rooms and freshen up the meeting rooms at the Community Building/former chamber office, and plan and a field trip for key community players to go to Woodbine to see what is possible when everyone works together.       “It’s been a tough year for the organization”  says Executive Director, Stacie Hull “National Accreditation is a huge accomplishment and we take pride in being able to meet that achievement again this year, however, the real work is just beginning”  Main Street Iowa reviews each community throughout the year and submits all of the review results in December to be updated for the approaching year.  That being said, since Greenfield Chamber/Main Street did not meet national standards last year it is not on the list of National Main Street communities and the status will not update until January 2014.  “The Chamber-Main Street board should be commended for their work in rebuilding and re-focusing the Chamber-Main Street organization.  A lot was accomplished in one short year!” states Thom Guzmon, Director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, adding “It was exciting to be able to add Greenfield as a nationally accredited Main Street organization for 2013.”

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