February 7, 2014
After a rigorous training and application process, it was announced Thursday, February 6, by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, that Guthrie Center in Guthrie County was named one of three new Main Street Iowa communities, along with Avoca and Newton. Main Street communities are designated after demonstrating the ability to work together and develop a strategic plan to further strengthen and create opportunities in their cities. Each community receives approximately 40 days on on-site training and technical assistance as well as 30 days of training for volunteers and local staff for the first three years of their designation. The state of Iowa's total investment for each Main Street community is $120,000 over the first three years and $10,000 in technical assistance and continued training annually. Read more in this news release from Iowa Economic Development Authority.