About Sarah

Enjoying the great outdoorsWith a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, Sarah, is just as ready to write a grant as she is to roll up her sleeves to help renovate a building. She is a committed economic developer and enthusiastic preservationist. Sarah has worked in three separate Main Street communities as a Tourism and Events Coordinator as well as the Director.  From helping Lansing, Iowa join Main Street as a brand new program to working as the Executive Director of the only regional Main Street program in Iowa, in existence since 1991, Sarah knows how to help rural communities who want to work. Most recently she worked with four communities; the largest having only 1,200 people, together they have rebranded as Hamilton Hometowns. In her last year there, they had had 19 ribbon cuttings over four communities. Sarah also has experience training others to run meetings, as well as how to work the Main Street 4 Point Approach ®.

Sarah’s Relevant Experience-

Empower Rural Iowa- Invest Task Force 2018- Present

Main Street Now Conference March 2018

Rural That Works Conference September 2018

Downtown Forum- April 2016

Three Minute Success Stories: Hoopla- Main Street Iowa conference

Grant writing

M.S.A.R.P (Main Street America Revitalization Professional) Certified 2017

Training for running effective meetings 2011-present

Local groups- 2007-Present


Sarah Thompson

Rural Revitalization LLC


515-520-7370 (c)

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