Stratford Community Development Corporation
236 Tennyson Avenue
Stratford Promotion Committee
Support for Enriching Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) Catherine Bergman, Director Email: email@example.com
City of Stratford became a Main Street Community in 1991.
The Main Street Four Point Approach® was conceived in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.. In 1985, the Iowa Legislature adopted the National Main Street Center’s approach to historic commercial district revitalization by approving the establishment of Main Street Iowa.
The Main Street Approach is a downtown revitalization strategy that uses a historic preservation context. It is a long-term process that takes total community effort. Through the Main Street Four Point Approach a community can re-establish its self-reliance and rebuild its community based on traditional assets of personal service, local ownership, unique architecture and a sense of community. Main Street’s Four Point Approach is through: Organization; Design; Promotion; Business Improvement. Hamilton County S.E.E.D. (Support Enriching Economic Development) was incorporated in 1988 to help Hamilton County communities promote and increase industry and tourism and to encourage unity and cooperation with the county. City of Stratford belongs to this county-wide organization: http://develop.hamiltoncountyiowa.com.
A 20-year Main Street report reveals how the City of Stratford and fellow members have been impacted by Hamilton County S.E.E.D. and the Main Street Approach.