Corridor Business Journal MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
Corridor communities shined at the 32nd-annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration, held on Friday in Des Moines, with representatives for Belle Plaine, Cedar Rapids, Central City, Marion, Mount Vernon, Washington and West Branch all receiving honors for their Main Street districts.
Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District was honored for two rehabilitation projects: The Ideal Social Hall, a historic theater that recently reopened as an event venue, and the White Elephant building, a 135-year-old, two-story structure saved from demolition after being relocated within the district.
   
Uptown Marion was awarded Best Beautification Project for its Uptown Artway project, which saw the alley behind Seventh Avenue transformed into a gathering space, along with the Fantastic Fundraiser award for Eat.Drink.& Be Marion.
During the event, 13 communities were also recognized for reaching significant benchmarks for the private dollar investments made in the purchase and revitalization of properties within their respective commercial districts. Marion, Mount Vernon and Washington all attained the $10 million benchmark level, while the Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village-New Bohemia district reached the $50 million dollar benchmark.
Al Dvorak of Belle Plaine, Scott Kruger of Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village-New Bohemia district, Karla Koehler of Central City, Molly Lurth of Marion, the West Family of Mount Vernon, and Daniel Haub of West Branch were all honored with the 2018 Leadership Award, which recognizes inspirational leadership and volunteers who make significant contributions to local Main Street programs.
“The Main Street Iowa program is a powerful catalyst for local revitalization and community investment,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a press release announcing this year’s award winners. “As I travel across the state, I see over and over that Main Streeters are passionate, innovative and creative. They’re also committed to making their downtowns – and our state – a stronger, more sustainable place to live, work and raise a family.”
Scott Kruger was named Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District Volunteer of the Year: