Main Street names new officers

GENOA – Genoa Main Street Inc. has a new group at its helm to lead the 16-year-old organization into revitalizing and promoting downtown Genoa. The new officers are Linda Underwood, president; Gene Bradford, vice president; Sherry Frankenbach, treasurer; and Sandy Spier, secretary.

A Realtor with Century 21, Underwood was instrumental in the development of Genoa Springboard, Main Street’s business incubator.

Bradford has been involved in the promotion side of Main Street for many years and is a familiar presence at Main Street events. Before retiring, he owned and operated Gene’s Market in Genoa for more than 18 years.

A retired benefits manager, Frankenbach put many hours into making the Genoa Springboard building ready for tenants and has had a hand in most Main Street activities.  

Spier has owned and operated Poppy Seed Primitives in downtown Genoa since 2006.  

They succeed Gordon Jones, Michael Haines, Pattie Marx and Leslie Sanderson. Marx and Sanderson will continue as members of the board of directors along with Maria Bennett, Mike Groark and Diane Helland. Board members Haines and Jones will continue to volunteer with longtime board member Arlene Erickson.  

Over the past 16 years, the role of Genoa Main Street has grown. The organization sponsors at least one event every month designed to bring residents and visitors downtown to strengthen the businesses and build a stronger sense of community.

The organization has captured 17 state awards for its efforts, as well a national recognition for its programs and projects.  

“The work we do to strengthen the economy and image of Genoa benefits the greater business community,” Underwood said.

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