History of MSW

Main Street Washington (MSW) is a community and volunteer based program for improving and maintaining the heart of our city. Officially designated in 2008 as a Main Street community in the state of Iowa, MSW employs the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization. Volunteers work in a concerted fashion to enhance the social, physical, and economic well-being of our historic downtown district through comprehensive efforts in the areas of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring.

As a not-for-profit, community driven organization, MSW is supported by public and private investors. Collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships which maximize return on investment and creates a culturally diverse, economically vibrant, and highly sustainable downtown district.

The award-winning MSW program is truly the product of our stakeholders, partners, and volunteers who are working together toward the community’s vision for downtown.

Main Street District

Covering the 7 block by 6 block section of downtown Washington and centering on Central Square park, MSW focuses on the economic health and well-being of downtown. The physical appearance of the downtown is what makes Washington a unique place. Buildings in downtown Washington were constructed one at a time and reflect the characteristics and style of their owners. Utilizing the tenets of historic preservation and economic development MSW has, through the use of the Washington Incentive Fund grant program and owner investment, helped to revitalize and restore the character of historic downtown Washington.
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Our Board of Directors

Brent Kromrie, President
Tim Elliott, Vice President
Steve Donnolly, Treasurer
Virginia McCurdy, Secretary
Kathy Salazar
Elaine Moore
Leslie Allender
Jamie Collier
Jordan Hill

Ex-Officio Members
Ed Raber, WEDG
Michelle Redlinger, Washington Chamber of Commerce
Brent Hinson, City Administrator
Stan Stoops, County Supervisors

Meet Our Director

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Sarah Grunewaldt is the Executive Director for Main Street Washington. A graduate of Boston University with a Masters in Preservation Studies, she brings with her expertise in preservation planning, urban design & theory, building conservation, real estate development, architecture & green design and documenting historic resources. 

Sarah is not a stranger to our area.  She received her BA in American History with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Iowa. She loves putting her energy, dedication and experience to work to building on Main Street Washington's mission and strengthening our Downtown Historical District.