The Story City GCC
The Story City Greater Chamber Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of the Story City Chamber and Story City Main Street programs. Working as a Certified Main Street Community, the GCC is committed to civic involvement, image enhancement, historic preservation, and economic revitalization. Partners of the GCC encompass businesses, organizations, and individuals, and are the essential ingredient in our ability to provide service to the community.
Our 4-Point Approach
The GCC follows the National Main Street Center’s 4-point approach for downtown revitalization in a community-wide effort, remembering that the heart of our community lies in the downtown. The four key committees under the GCC Board of Directors are Promotion, Organization, Economic Vitality and Design (see tabs below). In addition, the GCC manages the 1913 Antique Carousel.
Identifies opportunities for the commercial district, finds new uses for vacant buildings and stimulates investment in property.
Economic Vitality Projects
Small Business Saturday
Social Media Seminar
Business Networking Events
Promotes Story City as a place of commerce, culture and community life for residents and visitors alike.
Downtown Trick or Treat
Yulefest Tree Lighting
Yulefest Day for Kids
Shapes the image of Story City via public art, beautification, way-finding, partnership appreciation and historic preservation.
Public Art Projects
Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Window Design Contests
Builds strong, broad-based public and private support for the commercial district and revitalization initiative.
GCC Board of Directors
Marian Olive (Norsemen Realty Team): President
Paula Brown (Great Western Bank): Vice President/Organization Chair
John Koppes (Crucial I.T. Solutions): Treasurer
Connie Phillips (the Tin Chandelier): Secretary/Design Chair
Megan Gustafson (Bergan Lutheran Church): Promotions Chair
Rick Schreier (Reliance State Bank): Economic Vitality Chair
Austin Mortvedt (Bethany Life): At-Large Member
Sherri Keigan (Cyclone Awards & Engraving): At-Large Member
Al Holm (Retired Key Co-Op): Historical Society Representative/At-Large Member
Jana Isebrands (Roland-Story Senior): High School Representative
Emma Schnurstein (Roland-Story Junior): High School Representative
The mission of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection is to serve as a catalyst for plans, strategies, programs, and services that promote growth in our historic downtown district and surrounding businesses resulting in the best community in which to live, work, and do business.
As a volunteer organization, the Story City Greater Chamber Connection offers quality events that highlight the assets of the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Distinguishing characteristics include Story City’s historic downtown district, the 1913 antique carousel and the 1936 swinging bridge. These unique features are incorporated into special gatherings and traditions to give families and friends of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the best of small town life.
With a strong economy and preservation ethic, Story City continues to be a progressive and vibrant community drawing on the resources available as a verified Iowa Main Street Community. The Story City GCC promotes and encourages – with the aid of its partners – a quality mix of retailers, restaurants, service businesses and industry to provide for the community and complement the exceptional school system, welcoming churches, dynamic employment market, beautiful surroundings, and diverse recreational opportunities.
The Story City GCC assists with the management of growth and opportunity while serving as the communications hub for area activities. The entire community will continue to share in a sense of accomplishment and well-being knowing that Story City is a better place to live, work, and do business. The Story City GCC invites everyone to come see what we’re all about.
Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Present, Embracing our Future.
524 Broad Street
PO Box 39
Story City, IA 50248