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Six Newton Main Street members complete training

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:31 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:37 a.m. CST
(Zach Johnson/Daily News)
Iowa Main Street Board Members present Danielle Rogers, Darrin Hamilton, Rita Reinheimer, Darrell Sarmento, Pat Wallace and Tracy Taylor with certificates of completion for their training at Main Street University held April 9-10 in Greenfield.

Representatives of the Newton Main Street program attended Main Street University on April 9 and 10 in Greenfield. Main Street Iowa State Coordinator Michael Wagler awarded certificates of completion for the intensive training to Danielle Rogers, Darrin Hamilton, Rita Reinheimer, Darrell Sarmento, Pat Wallace and Tracy Taylor.

Attendance at the two-day training on the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization is a mandatory requirement for new Main Street communities. The purpose of this basic training is to provide an overview of the Main Street program for board members, committee chairs and volunteers in the areas of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

“Main Street University is an immersion program into the Main Street Approach and utilizes a train the trainer method that provides a foundation for local programs to develop and train local leaders,” Wagler said.

Participants also had an opportunity to see Main Street at work at the community level by interacting with the Greenfield Main Street board and volunteers and a tour of downtown rehabilitation projects.

The Newton Main Street Board has received 15 applicants for the full-time Newton Main Street executive director position.

“We will keep everyone up-to-date as we progress closer to hiring the director,” Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darrell Sarmento said. “We will be making our selection by May 15.”

The board is in need of volunteers for the four Main Street committees. The committees include, organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. Volunteer applications can be found on Newton Chamber of Commerce website at www.experiencenewton.com.

If any groups or organizations want to learn more about Newton Main Street, the board will send a representative to speak to your group.

Anyone with any questions or wanting more information may contact the board at info@experiencenewton.com and (641) 792-5545.

Staff writer Zach Johnson may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at zjohnson@newtondailynews.com.

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