Genoa Main Street Inc. has a new group at its helm to lead the 16-year-old organization into a challenging future in revitalizing and promoting downtown Genoa. The new officers are Linda Underwood, president; Gene Bradford, vice president; Sherry Frankenbach, treasurer; and Sandy Spier, secretary.
A Realtor with Century 21, Underwood was instrumental in the development of Genoa Springboard, Main Street’s successful business incubator.
Bradford has been involved in the promotion side of Main Street for many years and is a familiar presence at Main Street events. Before retiring, he owned and operated Gene’s Market in Genoa for more than 18 years.
A retired benefits manager, Frankenbach put many hours into making the Genoa Springboard building ready for tenants and has had a hand in most Main Street activities.
Spier has owned and operated Poppy Seed Primitives in downtown Genoa since 2006.
They succeed Gordon Jones, Michael Haines, Pattie Marx and Leslie Sanderson. Marx and Sanderson will continue as members of the board of directors along with Maria Bennett, Mike Groark and Diane Helland. Board members Haines and Jones will continue to volunteer with longtime board member Arlene Erickson.
“We appreciate the contributions of Michael, Gordon and Arlene over the years,” Mim Evans, Main Street executive director, said in a news release. “Michael guided our fundraising program, while Gordon and Arlene each served on the board for over a decade. Gordon has been a major factor in all that Genoa Main Street has accomplished since its recognition in 1996.”
Over the past 16 years, the role of Genoa Main Street has grown. The organization sponsors at least one event every month designed to bring residents and visitors downtown to strengthen the businesses and build a stronger sense of community. Over the years, the organization has captured 17 state awards in downtown revitalization for its efforts, as well as national recognition for its programs and projects.
“Genoa is one of the few Main Street organizations that raises its entire budget each year without the assistance of a special service area or a significant city financial contribution,” Underwood said in the release.
“The work we do to strengthen the economy and image of Genoa benefits the greater business community. In addition to downtown supporters, we will be asking businesses outside of downtown to join downtown businesses in supporting our mission,” she said.