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Downtown Resource Center

Grow Your Community

Helping Implement Strategies for Stronger Communities

Iowa Downtown Resource Center

A downtown or traditional commercial district represents a community’s history and helps define the community. Does your downtown present a unique identity with features and strengths to draw residents, visitors, businesses and commerce? Would you be proud to show your downtown to potential new business prospects or even someone considering a move to your community?

The Downtown Resource Center helps communities learn more about the importance of downtown development and specifically how your community can implement strategies to make downtown more viable. Community involvement may range from a simple downtown walk around to Main Street Iowa (MSI) program services. 

Coordinating Downtown Revitalization Efforts

A Time-Tested Movement

The Impact of Iowa’s Downtown Study

2022 Impact of Iowa’s Downtown Study Video Introduction

Downtowns play an important role in the economic and social fabric of the state of Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center helps communities learn about the importance of downtown development and assist local stakeholders in implementing revitalization strategies. In partnership with Main Street America, IEDA commissioned this study to assess and communicate the value of Iowa’s downtowns for residents across the state.

Shop Iowa: Online Marketplace for Retailers

The Shop Iowa platform allows small brick-and-mortar retail businesses to list products on an online marketplace. Retailers with physical products that can be easily shipped and are willing to receive online orders can list products on Shop Iowa.

Iowa Downtown Resource Center Team:

Jim Engle

515.348.6180 (desk phone)
515.360.1674 (mobile)
Director - Iowa Downtown Resource Center

Keegan Hall

515.348.6186 (desk phone)
515.829.2436 (mobile)
Design Specialist

Sarah Lembke

515.348.6181 (desk phone)
515.360.7239 (mobile)
Downtown Building Rehabilitation Specialist

Carol Lilly

515.348.6177 (desk phone)
515.559.4047 (mobile)
Downtown Development Specialist

Jim Thompson

515.348.6183 (desk phone)
515.240.8873 (mobile)
Business Specialist

Michael Wagler

515.348.6184 (desk phone)
515.745.4632 (mobile)
Main Street Iowa State Coordinator

Susan Watson

515.348.6185 (desk phone)
Downtown Services Specialist

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