Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village will provide the backdrop as Main Street Iowa hosts a regional workshop to educate those already involved in any of the state’s Main Street programs — from the directors to the volunteers.
The statewide organization will hold a regional orientation workshop from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Center at 1411 Brady St. Hilltop Campus Village, which is one of Main Street Iowa’s urban districts, will co-host the event with The Center.
Scott Tunnicliff, Hilltop’s director, said the meeting is open to people interested or those already involved in Main Street communities and urban districts across the state. The workshop will be presented by Darlene Strachen, Main Street Iowa’s assistant state coordinator.
Strachen described the workshop as “a mini-board training” that will be presented in a relaxed format. “We’re finding (the regional meeting) is becoming more popular. With Main Street organizations so heavily involved with volunteers, our volunteers can’t always get away for a full day of training in Des Moines. This way, they can come to a training and not have to take a vacation day to do it.”
She expects the Davenport workshop will draw heavily from its own membership but also participants from Main Street programs across eastern Iowa, including West Branch, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village/New Bohemia.
The workshop will focus on how the Main Street program has helped Iowa communities and urban districts, the technical assistance available and the role of volunteers and partnerships. It is an opportunity, Strachen said, for new board members and new volunteers “to get to know what the Main Street program is and what some of the expectations are.”
Bob Lee, the president of Hilltop’s board of directors, said the idea of hosting a training workshop arose from the board’s strategic planning. “Certainly a part of our role is communication and education for ourselves, but also for the local community and the eastern two tiers of the state.”
Hilltop Campus Village was designated as a Main Street Urban Commercial District in May 2009. It is the neighborhood located generally between Palmer College of Chiropractic and St. Ambrose University and Perry and Ripley streets.
Lee, who serves as Palmer’s chancellor of advancement, added that Main Street definitely “is paying some dividends.”
“There are some concrete examples of progress, but just as important is being an advocate for the neighborhood,” he said, adding that hosting the workshop will allow Hilltop to show off some of its accomplishments.
Main Street Iowa just expanded into Marion, which is its 49th community. Strachen said Marion will get its first official visit from Main Street officials later this week.
There is no charge for the workshop, but reservations are required. To secure a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-322-8293. Registration deadline is at noon Feb. 11.