Main Street Iowa Recognizes Quinn Wurzer, Geri Thompson
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Posted on Monday April 25, 2022
April 22, 2022 (Des Moines, IA) - Quinn Wurzer, of Coon Rapids, was honored with a Leadership award at the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards celebration at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines Friday, April 22. Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, executive director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority, presented the honors.

Forty-three leadership award recipients were honored throughout the evening for their significant and inspirational leadership and volunteer contributions to their local Main Street programs.

Wurzer was nominated by the Main Street Coon Rapids (MSCR) board of directors to receive the Leadership award. Wurzer has served on the MSCR board of directors since the program’s inspection, is the chair of the organization committee and created MSCR’s first fundraising event, the Downtown Dash and Dine, that netted $12,000.

“Quinn is every Main Street director’s dream volunteer,” said MSCR Director Katie Mason. “She manages multiple projects and volunteers simultaneously without dropping the ball and always with a smile. She is passionate about her community, has great ideas and is amazingly organized.”

To make the award even sweeter for Wurzer, she shared the honor with her aunt Geri (Eischeid) Thompson of Guthrie Center. Thompson was nominated by the Guthrie Center Main Street program for her long-time efforts in that community. Like Wurzer, Thompson is the chair of the organization committee for GCMS and has helped that organization raise money to sustain its program.

“We visited with Guthrie Center Main Street volunteers prior to being accepted into the program, and Geri was one of the volunteers who met with us and gave us great insight and advice,” said Mason. “At that time, Quinn said, ‘when we get into the Main Street program, I want to do what my aunt Geri does.’ It was really special to see Quinn and her mentor and aunt receive the Leadership award on the same night.”

Wurzer is the third MSCR volunteer to receive this award. Jim and Cherrie Mohr received it last year, and Gayla McCool in 2020.

“Main Street is grassroots economic development,” said Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa State Coordinator. “It is inspiring to witness the impactful work of local Main Street program staff, volunteers and community partners.”


Picture#1: Quinn Wurzer receives a 2022 Leadership Award at the Main Street Iowa Awards Banquet. Pictured from left are Lieutenant Gov. Adam Gregg, IEDA Director Debi Durham, Quinn Wurzer, MSCR Director Katie Mason, Governor Kim Reynolds

Picture#2: Geri (Eischeid) Thompson (left) of Guthrie Center and her niece Quinn Wurzer (right) of Coon Rapids were both nominated for a Leadership Award from their perspective Main Street communities.


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