Emily Brown

Oskaloosa Main Street Director Emily Brown

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa Main Street Director Emily Brown announced her resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2019.

The Oskaloosa Main Street Board of Directors Janet Kuskie, Main Street President, said “Emily has done a lot of tremendous work in her two and half years as director. Emily played an instrumental role in many projects including the Downtown Façade Revitalization project, Open for Business competition, moving the Lighted Christmas Parade to a Saturday, and the Ready to Recruit process aimed at recruiting new businesses to the Main Street District.”

In the coming weeks, the Oskaloosa Main Street Board of Directors in conjunction with the Mahaska Chamber will begin conducting a director search.

“We hope the next director will continue to build on the strong foundation that Emily has set for the organization,” Kuskie said.

Brown shared that the change was triggered largely by the desire to spend more time with her family.

“My passion for the community has not waned,” she said. “This is my home, and I hope to continue to be highly engaged making it a great place.”

The Main Street Board of Directors will begin interviewing candidates at the beginning of 2020. Until a replacement is named, the Main Street Board will oversee program duties. Questions regarding the director search can be directed to Board President Janet Kuskie at 641-676-2039. All other questions may be directed to the Mahaska Chamber at 641-672-2591.

Oskaloosa Main Street was established in 1986 as being one of the first Main Street communities certified in Iowa. The mission of Oskaloosa Main Street is to enhance downtown Oskaloosa as an attractive, unified, and economically sound commercial district by preserving the architectural heritage and communicating a positive image.

The Oskaloosa Main Street program’s goals in the community are to help establish the downtown image, improve its aesthetics, and strengthen the economic base and its role in town. Oskaloosa Main Street is a subsidiary of Main Street Iowa and Main Street America, which are part of the encompassing National Main Street Center program.

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