January 25, 2019 by Stacie Euken
Midwest Partnership EDC recognized Dennis Flanery, of Guthrie Center, with the Guy Powell Award for his contributions to the community and organizations he supports at their annual dinner meeting on January 24th in Panora.
The Guy Powell Award was established in honor of the late Guy Powell of Greenfield, who served as president of the Midwest Partnership EDC board of directors and was an active volunteer in several other community organizations. It is intended to recognize excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the Midwest Partnership EDC region, taking into account vision, leadership, courage, and impact.
Dennis was nominated for his leadership as President of the Guthrie Center Area Economic Development Corporation, as well as for his vision for the Guthrie Activity Center. Dennis is very active in pursuing potential leads, as well as discussing business retention opportunities with Guthrie Center’s existing businesses. His work has provided a nearly-full downtown business area. He has also aided in the retention of a couple of businesses who had opportunities to leave the area. A couple of years ago, Dennis had the vision of restoring the exterior Guthrie Activity Center to look similar to that of 50+ years ago, providing a consistent downtown façade, as well as remodeling the interior of the building to maximize space for social utilization in an effort to draw consumers and businesses to Guthrie Center. He stepped forward to lead the project and established a team with a similar shared vision and passion for this goal. The capital campaign Dennis and his team spear-headed is proving to be very successful and nearing its full goal.
Please join us in congratulating Dennis and thanking him for his commitment to helping grow and revitalize Guthrie Center and its Main Street District.