About Us

Stratford Community Development Corporation (SCDC) is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to furthering the economic development of Stratford. SCDC was established in 1976. Nine board members were assigned to the committee. Today, we hold true to the nine board member seating. Board members do not need to be located in the city limits, however they must have a Stratford, IA residence address.
SCDC firmly believes in furthering the economic development of Stratford. SCDC has funded other organizations projects, assisted business owners in developing their business needs and is a catalyst for improving Main Street in image, structure and development.
Recently, SCDC decided not to rejoin the Main Street Iowa organization. MSI wasn’t a clear fit for Stratford. All funds that went to maintaining MSI needs were put back into the community. In 2019 SCDC hosted its first Music in the Street, which was a great success and is scheduled for a second time this year. Money was invested into the 813 Shakespeare building and currently all 3 SCDC owned buildings are housed with businesses.
SCDC is a group of hardworking individuals that are constantly looking to improve Stratford. Several of our board members are business owners themselves and take great pride in giving back.

Our Mission

Stratford is a community working together to preserve the historical downtown, promote growth and development, and unite town and country to ensure its citizen of a Poetic Welcome Home.

Our Vision

Stratford Community Development Corporation aspires to lead Stratford in revitalizing its historic downtown, providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and sustaining a friendly street where people meet.

Our Board of Directors

Keith Leeds – President

Chase Haman – Vice President

Jenna Mathes – Treasurer/Secretary

Kyle Mathes

Nancy Baker

Steve Frey

Doug Hill

Amy Link

Penny Osborn

Donnette Tilley

Darcy Runestad

Meeting times

Meetings are held every 3rd Monday at 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church
Annual meeting is held the 3rd Saturday of January at 12:30pm with Lions Club Pancakes before at 11am


Stratford Promotion Committee – Entity under SCDC
Stratford Community Center – Sponsor BOD insurance
Lions Club- Annual meeting fundraiser
City of Stratford – Projects and funding
Hamilton County Foundation (SEED) – membership

Completed Projects

Community Free Dinner – First Sunday in November (4th annual dinner in 2020)
Upper Story apartment project (all work done inkind and is continue for its 3rd year)
Assisted in the electronic sign project
Promotion of Shop Small for 5 years
Building rehibiltation of 813 Shakespeare – Outside façade, 2 new furnaces, remodeling of
interior space.
Promotion and Fundraiser for Music in the Street (2nd annual 2020)
New LED lighting in Food Center
Replacement of concrete outside of clinic
Upper Story window repair for 829 Shakespeare

Contact Info

Keith Leeds