Stratford Promotion Committee
Hamilton County Economic Development Hamilton Hometowns Sarah Thompson, Director
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.
Main Street is working in Iowa and Hamilton County. For every $1 the State of Iowa puts in to the Main Street program, it leverages $71. For every $1 in challenge grant money the towns put in more than $7 is leveraged. This is incredible leverage of public and private funding. Here’s the story in video!
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.