Downtown Resources & Networking

Downtown Resource Center

Community Resource Examples

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center (IDRC) has gathered a wide variety of community resource examples to help further your local revitalization initiatives. Click here to review examples ranging from promotional activities, fundraising, market analysis, downtown housing, public spaces, etc. Have excellent examples you'd like to share? If yes, please send them to

Downtown Forums and the Iowa Downtown Conference

The IDRC hosts a series of Downtown Forums annually in four locations across the state. The forums give downtown and community leaders communities the opportunity to collaborate about downtown ideas, successes and challenges. Iowa Downtown Resource Center staff facilitate discussions relating to downtown revitalization and available grant programs and other resources.

The Iowa Downtown Conference is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved with downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring states.

Creative Placemaking & Downtown

Ottumwa Better Block Project
Dubuque Better Block Project

Additional Resources

Self-Supported Municipal Improvement Districts

A partnership with the University of Iowa, this toolkit encompasses the process of SSMID creation from boundary and budget planning, to methods and process for community outreach, and how to evaluate the success of a SSMID program.

Other Helpful Resources