CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce that Derek Lumsden of Osceola Chamber Main Street in Osceola, Iowa is among the first cohort of recipients of the Main Street America Revitalization Professional credential, the highest credential achievable through the Main Street America Institute. Lumsden was recognized along with eight other recipients (two more from Iowa Main Street communities) from across the country at the 2017 Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 3, 2017.
Lumsden has been with Osceola Chamber Main Street for five years, helping drive economic development to the downtown and reinvigorating it with a sense of place. Osceola has been a Main Street Community since 1997 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. “Main Street Iowa is proud of the three local Main Street programs and executive directors who invested time, talent, and resources in furthering their expertise in downtown revitalization” Commented Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa State Coordinator. “These programs and executive directors are demonstrating statewide and national leadership in the Main Street movement.”
Launched in 2016, the Main Street America Institute is the National Main Street Center’s targeted professional development training program aimed to equip downtown and commercial district leaders with the knowledge needed to lead results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations. Through the completion of a series of ten online courses, two multi-day workshops, and a capstone examination, MSARP graduates demonstrate mastery of critical leadership development practices and advanced fundamentals of community development techniques through the lens of the Center’s refreshed Main Street Approach.