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Main Street Iowa Recognizes Patty Webster

By Uptown Marion | May 5, 2014 |

Patty Webster, Commercial Deposits Officer at Hills Bank, was recently recognized as the Uptown Marion Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented Friday, May 2nd at the Main Street Iowa Awards Banquet in Des Moines. The honors were presented by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). Fifty-one individuals were selected across the state of Iowa to receive this recognition.

Ms. Webster has been all in since Uptown Marion’s Main Street Designation in 2013. Patty serves on the organization’s board of directors, chairs the Promotions & Special Events Committee, and is always the first person to volunteer for retail and special events held in the district. As a local banker, she understands that every hour invested in Uptown Marion produces returns that are not only great for the businesses and building owners within the district, but the entire Marion community.

“Patty’s excitement for Uptown Marion motivates other volunteers to work harder each day,” said Nick Glew, Uptown Marion Program Director. “It’s people like Patty that will continue to make our program successful.”

In its 27-year history, Main Street Iowa has tracked over $1.3 billion in private investment in the purchase, construction and rehabilitation of property in participating commercial districts, significantly increasing the state’s job and business base. In addition, nearly two and a half million hours of volunteer time have been logged collectively by local main street organizations

“In my 1985 State of the State address to the Iowa Legislature, I proposed finding the funds to create Main Street Iowa,” stated Governor Branstad. “We knew from the very beginning that Main Street was not a quick-fix solution, but rather an incremental approach to fostering positive change. In my travels across the state, I have seen the program at work in small towns, mid–size cities, urban centers and neighborhood commercial districts. It has had far greater impact than we ever could have ever imagined.”

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