Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Executive Director Katie Wilson gave an update on the progress Chariton has achieved since becoming a Main Street Community in 2012 at the Chamber/Main Street Annual Meeting this past Friday night.

Wilson said that since 2012 the organization has assisted with 22 business startups, a new gain of 67 jobs and 54 completed building rehabilitations totaling over $1.7 million.

She said they were the recipient of the Fiscal Year 2018 Main Street Iowa (MSI) Challenge Grant, which will be used to assist the City of Chariton and building owners to save an integral part of Chariton’s downtown.

“Our community is matching funding commitments with volunteer hours investing over 37,830 volunteer hours since July 2012. Our 2012-19 volunteers’ hours add up to $934,022.70 of volunteer investment in the Main Street program,” Wilson said.

Wilson said that Main Street’s impact on the local economic climate is evident through increased entrepreneurship in the district.

“There is an obvious need for many building owners to ensure structural integrity of their properties. In addition, there is a need to facilitate a second round CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) façade revitalization and façade rehabilitation,” Wilson said.

Since 2012, Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street has increased upper story development with an 89 percent increase in downtown residents to 196 residents.

“We successfully completed this year’s happenings and fundraisers, that have now become tradition in the community of Chariton,” Wilson said.

Wilson named the happenings and fundraisers which include: Summer Monthly Lunch on the Square, Community Pride Clean Up Day, Honey Creek Golf Fun Day, weekly Farmers Market from June through October, Miss Merry Christmas and Little St. Nick, Dazzle Fest Parade and Live Windows, Holiday Giveaway, Elf on the Shelf, Ugly Sweater Contest, and the Main Street Christmas Vendor Fair.

Read the June 13, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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