Executive Director recognized for days of service
Greenfield Chamber/Main Street and Development Executive Director, Stacie Hull, will soon celebrate her 10th year of service in Main Street and has worked in three Main Street communities. Born in Greenfield and growing up in rural southwest Iowa near Corning makes her roots in the Iowa communities she’s served run deep.
Stacie’s volunteer work in non-profits and community events lead her to applying for her first position in the Main Street world for the Adams Community Chamber and Development organization. She worked part-time as the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and part-time as the Economic Development assistant director managing the Main Street program. “The Adams Community and Corning was a great place to learn the Main Street program” says Stacie “being a program since 1990 they had the experience and continue to have a “can do” attitude with dedicated volunteers.” During her tenure the Adams Community applied for and received designations as a My Entre Net community and an Iowa Great Place. Her application to Main Street Iowa for CDBG funds paved the way for the façade improvement project that has made an undoubtedly, positive, visual impact on how the district looks today.
In 2010 Stacie received a phone call encouraging her to apply for a position in New Mexico, and after much deliberation she accepted to broaden her horizon and take on a new adventure. This was a full-time Main Street position for an emerging community. While there, the community received designation as an Arts & Cultural District. Through this designation they created a Cultural Plan for the community, received grant funds for a Cultural Trail and pulled 15 organizations together to market and promote Raton. Raton MainStreet also excelled in design implementation, receiving a Façade Squad grant from New Mexico MainStreet to launch a community driven façade improvement program rehabilitating two to three buildings at a time over a course of two weekends. Another major project that gained momentum was the redevelopment of a desolate parking lot around the Train Depot to serve as a beautiful landscaped park and multi-modal center.
Returning to Iowa, Stacie settled in Greenfield close to family and took the position as Greenfield’s Chamber/Main Street and Development Executive Director. Greenfield was an established Main Street program in 1995 but was in the process of reorganization. Much focus and work has been done in developing and updating the organizations policies & procedures, bylaws, mission & vision statement, board & committee structures as well as evaluation of events and projects. Perhaps one of the biggest endeavors, to have a positive impact on the community, was establishing an agreement with the City to manage the Hotel/Motel Tax funds that’s leveraged partners and grants that have more than doubled the pool of money to promote Greenfield.
For fun Stacie enjoys time with family: her husband Todd, and three kids Taylor 20 and Ryan & Rachyl 15, as well as her parents, seven siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews, all who live in Iowa. Stacie also enjoys cooking and live theatre and is an active volunteer in her community through the Optimist Club, Business Women and various other community and school related activities. Quoting the infamous Bob Rose, Stacie says, “Be a volunteer to get a volunteer”.
“Main Street works, if you work it” says Stacie. Serving in several communities and even two different states she is often asked how they compare “a community is only as strong as its people – all communities have wonderful assets, as well as big and little challenges, but how they choose to come together and move forward is what makes the difference”. Her vision for the future of downtown is to create a sense of place that instills pride and enjoyment for the community today while protecting and establishing the historic fabric and traditions that foster a strong connection to the community for generations to come. “I have been fortunate along the way to work with wonderful people that really “get it” and share a passion for Main Street”.