BOARD

Kris Patrick, Executive Director

Kris Patrick fell in love with historic buildings as a child, growing up in a victorian house that had been in her family for four generations.  Merging a background in small business and a passion for historic buildings, Kris enjoys working with business owners and volunteers to revitalize rural Iowa. She started her position in December. Kris and her husband Byron will be relocating from Lucas County where she served as Main Street manager and Executive Director of Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street since 2012.

 

Kris began her career in performance art, studying with Michael Sims at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  She worked as project manager at Des Moines Civic Center for Iowa Dance Theatre. She is also a certified activity director and recreational therapist and worked with dementia and Alzheimer patients before joining Chamber/Main Street in Chariton.

 

Kris is a former small business owner, business consultant – acting as SBDC affiliate for Chariton, and was a staff writer for Chariton Newspapers for five years.  Kris and Byron share four boys, all grown, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and a love for the outdoors.

Kate Stucky

Vice-President

Stucky Properties

Bio coming soon

Vice-President

Stucky Properties

Kate Stucky

Kathy Flannery-Salgren

Treasurer

Flannery Tax

Bio coming soon

Treasurer

Flannery Tax

Kathy Flannery-Salgren

Gabe Pettit grew up on a farm in Burnside, Illinois and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Finance and minor in Management.  He worked as a Vice President in the banking industry for over a decade before settling into his current role in 2018 as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in a brand new office on Main Street, Fort Dodge.  Gabe is married to his wife, Cori, and they have 4 children.  In his spare time, Gabe enjoys anything outdoors, traveling, regularly visiting the family farm, and spending time with family.

Vice-President

Edward Jones - Gabe Pettit

Gabe Pettit

Luke Hugghins is a Fort Dodge native and Iowa State engineering graduate who works as a project manager with McClure Engineering Company in downtown Fort Dodge. He is a charter board member of Main Street Fort Dodge and has served as Design Committee Chair and President. One reason Luke highlighted for his initial interest in the organization was the fact that he lived downtown right out of college and his parents and wife also work in separate buildings downtown so he wanted to be a part of making it a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Immediate Past-President

McClure Engineering

Luke Hugghins

Natalie Newell

Secretary

First American Bank

Bio coming soon

Secretary

First American Bank

Natalie Newell

Laura Eastwood

Main Street Matters Chair

Eastwood Realty

Bio coming soon

Main Street Matters Chair

Eastwood Realty

Laura Eastwood

Tim Doyle

At Large

Carpet World Flooring America

Bio coming soon

At-Large

Carpet World Flooring America

Tim Doyle

Ryan Kehm

District Business Representative

Krimmins & Kehm Law Firm

Bio coming soon

District Business Representative

Krimmins & Kehm Law Firm

Ryan Kehm

Ron Grebner, along with his wife, co-owns and operates River Hops Brewing on Central Ave. As a Main Street business owner since 2018, He's enjoyed meeting many people and had experiences he would not have if we did not own our business. The community of Fort Dodge has been great to work with.

Communication Chair

River Hops Brewery

Ron Grebner

 
COMMITTEES

Main Street Fort Dodge follows the Four Point Approach to downtown revitalization developed by the national Trust for Historic Preservation's National Center with the goal of economic development within the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street movement, let by the National Main Street Center, involves more than 1,000 designated programs throughout the country. The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach© and Main Street Programs on the local level has earned Main Street the reputation as one of the most powerful economic revitalization tools in the nation.

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Create an inviting, inclusive atmosphere

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Build leadership and strong organizational capacity

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COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Economic Vitality

Economic Vitality focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.

 

The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today's consumers.  Activities of this division include, among others: Market Analysis, welcoming new businesses, business inventory, business classes, one-on-one consultations, and free assistance from Main Street Iowa business specialists.

Main Street Matters Chair:  Laura Eastwood

Promotion

Promotion positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. Our Promotion Team communicates the commercial district's unique characteristics, business establishments and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners and visitors through advertising, retail promotions, special events and marketing campaigns.

Committee Chair: Morgan Fitzgerald and Mary Kay Daniel

Design

Design supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. It takes advantage of the visual opportunities inherent in a commercial district by directing attention to all its physical elements: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping merchandising, window displays and promotional materials. 

 

Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district.  Enhancing the districts' physical appearance through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, educating business and property owners about design quality and long-term planning are all a part of Design. 

Committee Chair: Jim Hosek

Organization

Organization involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district. By getting everyone working toward the same goal, the Main Street program can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for the downtown business district.

Communications

Communications supports overall comprehensive marketing and communications strategies. The Communications Committee partners with the Executive Director to oversee a consistent and active communication strategy to all stakeholders for the purposes of program messaging, fundraising, awareness and branding.

Committee Chair: Ron Grebner

Fundraising

Friendraising is a primary function of our Fundraising Team, creating collaborations to strengthen Main Street Fort Dodge efforts and in turn increasing vibrancy in the district.  We build partnerships by collaborating between many organizations, across the public and private spectrum.By getting everyone working toward the same goal, the Main Street program can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for the downtown business district.