About Spencer Main Street

On August 7, 1987 Spencer was honored by being designated a Main Street Community by the Main Street Iowa Program. The original Board of Directors and visionaries were Wyman Steffen, Tim Steffen, Tom Manley, Mary Rahn, Bob VanderTuig, Jim Getting, Chris Bjornstad, Tom Hart and Carolyn Toebes. We are forever grateful they stepped up to the plate and helped get this organization off the ground. Over the years, there have been many board members that have shaped our downtown district, many continue to be business owners, downtown employees, land owners, and city officials.

Spencer is one of 54 Main Street communities in this great state of Iowa. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are funded primarily through a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) that was established in 1987 and supported by the City of Spencer. That district includes more than 150 businesses on North Grand Avenue from Hyvee, Walgreens and Fareway down to the bridge and a block east and west.

Main Street is comprised of four committees that focus on Promotion, Design, Organization and Economic Vitality. We have hosted successful events like Wine Stroll, an Ice Cream Social, Grand Meander and Thanks With Franks. Our goal through all of these committees is to get people downtown to live, work and shop while supporting economic development within the structure of historic preservation.

Downtown Spencer is on the Register of Historic Districts and has been designated as a Cultural District. We hope you will enjoy the heart of our city as much as we do.

Current Board of Directors:

President: Tom Nelson/Nelson Jewelry
Past President: Jeff Thomas/Retired Northwest Bank
Treasurer: LeAnne Hamrick/Farmers Bank
Secretary: Amalie Saboe/Studio 309

Lezlie Boetel-Pohlman/Farmers Insurance
Joe Carey/Carey's Electronics
Brandon Delaney/Sherwin Williams
Lisa Petersen/Spencer Sewing
Ebony Rahe/Williams & Company
Kiley Miller~Ex officio/Iowa Lakes Corridor
George Moriarty~Ex officio/City Council
Bill Orrison~Ex officio/City Council
Becky Hatting~Ex officio/Chamber of Commerce