About Main Street Elkader

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Executive director

Kate Lower joined the Main Street Elkader team in June of 2018 and leads our organization, following our mission, vision and goals, executing the initiatives set forth by the board of directors. Kate is originally from the area, residing in rural Clayton County.

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Board of directors

Main Street Elkader volunteer promotions committee members at ice cream social

Committees

Main Street Elkader would not be complete without the various volunteer committees that lead efforts for our organization. From events to city projects to aesthetic design of Main Street, the committees get the job done.

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Projects & Initiatives

Each year, Main Street Elkader has various projects and initiatives that they either launch or support. 

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Main Street Iowa

Elkader is one of 50 communities within the state of Iowa to receive the Main Street Iowa accreditation.

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Main Street America

Our northeast Iowa town is one of 2,000 chosen across the United States as a Main Street America community.

MAIN STREET ELKADER

Main Street Elkader Committee Volunteers

ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Economic Vitality Committee

Economic Vitality Committee

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Kathy Josten

Danielle Shea 

Kathy Mueller

Economic Vitality Committee

Economic Vitality Committee

Economic Vitality Committee

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Kristin Fitzgerald

Chris Hopp

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

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Danielle Shea   

Jennifer Garms

Brittney Reinhart

Mackenzie Gamm

Ashley Danielson

Carly Hoeger

Courtney Scherf 


DESIGN COMMITTEE

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

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Janis Lerch

Adam Pollock

Kate Lower


Projects & Initiatives

ART IN THE ALLEY

This past year, Main Street Elkader sought out artists and both financial and in-kind supporters to create wall art for main alleyways throughout the downtown district. The goal was to create bold, unique, family-friendly artistic statements that reflect our dynamic, healthy and art-friendly community. The Art in the Alley project was formed to enhance this Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District and contribute to Elkader as an arts and retail destination.

Murals printed panel art were applied in the summer of 2019 to the alleyways as the initial phase of the project, with a plan to expand to as many buildings as possible through supporters of this project. Local artists were encouraged to participate as well as artists from across the region!

Have questions or want to contribute to Main Street Elkader initiatives? Contact Main Street Elkader at 207 N. Main St., Elkader, IA 52043, by email at mse@alpinecom.net or call 563-245-2770. Thank you for supporting! 

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