Marion announces new Main Street Director

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March 28, 2014 | 12:01 pm

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the hiring of Nick Glew as Director of the new Main Street Marion program. Mr. Glew has a history of creating successful public and private partnerships while working with key stakeholders in the Uptown Marion district. His marketing and banking background, experience as a past Marion City Council member and drive as a community volunteer makes him well suited for the newly created position.

Jill Ackerman, President of the Marion Chamber of Commerce stated, “This is an exciting time for our organization. We are so pleased to have Nick join our team. Growing business relationships, focusing on maintaining and improving Marion’s beautiful historic infrastructure through renovation assistance programming and rallying the community to shop local will be some of the things Nick will be developing with Marion’s new Main Street program. Nick’s background is well suited for this position including his involvement with the Marion’s Main Street application from the very beginning.”

After more than two years of preparation, efforts championed by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and community leaders succeeded in making Marion the newest Main Street Iowa community. For more than 26 years, the Main Street Iowa program and its communities have been looked upon as the “best of the best” in a national effort to revitalize main streets across the country. The addition of Marion brings the number of participating Main Street communities in Iowa to 49. During the first three years of the program, a community receives 40 days of on-site training and technical assistance from Main Street Iowa, National Main Street Center staff and private consultants, as well as 30 days of training for volunteers and local staff, resulting in a state investment of $120,000. Mature Main Street communities each receive continuing technical assistance and training valued at $10,000 annually.

For more information about the Main Street Iowa program, visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/community/mainstreetiowa or visit www.marioncc.org. The mission of the Marion Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership and advocacy to ensure a growing business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Marion.

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