COUNCIL BLUFFS — A former member of Leadership Council Bluffs has returned to be the leader of Main Street Council Bluffs.
Joshua Barbee, who most recently worked in Illinois, was introduced to the City Council Monday as the organization’s first executive director. His first day was Dec. 3.
Main Street Council Bluffs is a private-public partnership dedicated to creating a unique, vibrant and well-connected village within the community of Council Bluffs.
Barbee was selected from 20 nationwide applicants, said Arlo Burk, the organization’s president.
“He has a good background in preservation and economic development in small towns,” said Burk, adding that Barbee’s past experience with the community was also important.
Besides Barbee’s appointment, Burk also announced the organization now has an office in the downtown Park Building, plus a $300,000 grant award from the Iowa West Foundation to help the organization get going. The award will provide $100,000 a year for three years.
“We are one of the first start-up organizations to be awarded our full funding request for three years,” Burk said. “It’s full speed ahead.”
— World-Herald News Service