2022 Iowa Downtown Conference

August 2-3 | Pella

The 2022 Iowa Downtown Conference, brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center in partnership with #VisitPella, Pella Opera House and Central College, will include plenary sessions with motivational keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions focusing on downtown revitalization, field sessions, tours, an exhibit hall and a number of networking activities in cool venues.

2022 Iowa Downtown Conference Logo

Call for Presenters

Do you have or know someone with a high-quality presentation that would be appropriate for downtown/Main Street district professionals and volunteers? Consider submitting a session proposal.

January 31 — PROPOSALS DUE ONLINE by 12:00 p.m. CST
February 21 —NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION via email

Presenters receive a complimentary registration ($150 value), and upon request and submission of receipts, additional compensation will include either:  

  • Lodging (one night at a pre-approved location and not to exceed conference rate) OR 
  • Mileage (roundtrip @ $.39/mile) 

Download the Call for Presenters for detailed information on how to submit your proposal.

2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Iowa Downtown Conference is a highly visible, cost–effective way to reach a local, state and regional audience of approximately 250 attendees, including downtown development and economic development organization executives, bankers, chambers of commerce and Main Street program directors and volunteers, preservationists, design professionals and city officials.

Download the 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus.

2022 Exhibitor Application

Vendors are invited to exhibit goods and services in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, August 2 from 10 am – 4:15 pm. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet face to face with dedicated and passionate professionals and volunteers who either purchase or influence purchases for their city, neighborhood and/or downtown improvement program. There will be a limited number of spaces available on a first come/first served basis.

Download the 2022 Exhibitor Application.

2023 Host Location Request for Proposal (RFP)

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center is seeking proposals from communities in Iowa to host the 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference, tentatively scheduled August 1-3, 2023. The anticipated attendance for the two- and one-half-day conference is 250. 

Download the 2023 RFP and the Sample RFP Form

For more information, contact:

Carol Lilly