Pottawattamie County Supervisors approved an increase in the county’s 2019-2020 funding allocation for Avoca Main Street Inc.
Supervisors voted 4-0 to increase the allocation from $1,000 to $3,000. Supervisor Marilyn Jo Drake was not present for the meeting.
The mission of Avoca Main Street is to sustain the downtown district as the economic, cultural and social center of the community.
Since Avoca joined the Main Street program in 2014, 19 new businesses have opened in the district and more than $1.2 million has been invested in downtown projects.
Amber Mohr, executive director of Avoca Main Street, said the organization is currently working to bring an ice cream and sweet shop to the downtown area. She said the group is hopeful the new business will locate in downtown Avoca before the end of the summer.
The group also sponsors the Avoca Main Street Farmers Market every Wednesday on Main Street from June through the end of September.
Board Chairman Tim Wichman underscored the importance for the board to help support the smaller communities in Pottawattamie County.
In addition to the funding from the county, Avoca Main Street receives a $15,000 allocation from the City of Avoca as well as technical assistance from the state that is valued at nearly $15,000, Mohr said.