Charles City, Iowa – Once filled with hustle and bustle, the old Charles City Western Railroad depot stood lifeless. The hustle and bustle had been lost, the building had fallen into despair. But Staci Ackerson decided to give the then 117 year-old building a second chance.
In October of 2015, Ackerson won the 55,000 dollar Main Street Iowa Challenge and restored the building. Ackerson said the money helped lift a financial burden.
She restored and re-purposed the building by adding new windows and doors, furnishing two upstairs apartments, while the bottom floor houses the Shankland Insurance offices. Ackerson made sure to retain the early 1900’s charm wherever she could. In fact, her husband actually drummed up the idea.
Her dedication to instill life back into something as small as a brick building from a lifetime ago, led her to be recognized as the NIACC Pappajohn Center September Entrepreneur of the Month.
Ackerson is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, is involved in Rotary and the Elks among many other community engagements.