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

Shop Iowa: Online Marketplace for Retailers

To support the state's retailers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shop Iowa platform allows small brick-and-mortar retail businesses to list products on an online marketplace. Retailers that have physical products that can be easily shipped and are willing to receive online orders can list products on Shop Iowa.

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Iowa Downtown Resource Center Team:

Jim Engle

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

Robin Bostrom

515.348.6176 (desk phone)
515.201.1431 (mobile)
Business Specialist

Maia Fiala Jessen

515.348.6179 (desk phone)
515.240.1682 (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

Nick Sorensen

515.348.6182 (desk phone)
515.829.2436 (mobile)
Downtown Real Estate 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