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Main Street Washington Looks at Next 10 Years for Downtown Projects

Posted: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 6:23 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Main Street Washington has been a part of the community for 10 years, and the organization sought the public’s input on what changes or improvements they want to see for the downtown area in the next 10 years.

Main Street Washington held a community visioning forum on August 13th at the Washington Public Library where Michael Wagler of Main Street Iowa facilitated the conversation and discussed the results of an online survey that community members completed prior to the event. Main Street Washington Executive Director Sarah Grunewaldt shares what the survey results showed, “We have a beautiful community that has a great park and is a great small town and you feel safe and you feel cozy, but none of that makes us unique to other communities in Iowa. I mean there are a lot of great small towns in Iowa, so how do we identify and make ourselves unique was one big takeaway people love where they live, they love our community, but how do we make ourselves unique and how do we define what makes us really special.”

Participants also gave suggestions on community events such as having more during the holidays, which Grunewaldt says could lead to greater advertising of the events they already have, or creating more. A lot has changed in downtown Washington in the last 10 years, and Grunewaldt shares the overall purpose of gauging the community’s interest at the forum, “What is the next 10 years going to look like, how can we help impact that change? What groups can we partner with? And what’s the next big thing, what is the next giant thing you want us to focus on.”

The Main Street Washington Board of Directors will discuss the input collected at the forum at their annual board retreat at the end of August, and Grunewaldt expects there will be one or two more forums in the next year. If you missed the forum, but still want to share your ideas to Grunewaldt, email sarah@washingtoniowa.org.