The Downtown Resource Newsletter

July 11, 2022


Downtown Difference Makers - Scott & Bonnie Romine

Iowa natives, Scott and Bonnie Romine, met as students before graduating from the English Valleys Community School District. They both attended and graduated from the University of Iowa, and later became secondary English teachers in southeast Iowa.
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Downtown Gem – Woodbine Grain Elevator

Agricultural buildings are often the first thing visitors see when driving into small, Iowa towns. Some communities have turned these unusual structures into real assets by transforming them into amazing public art projects that make visitors want to stop and learn more about the town.
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Downtown Resource Highlight – Downtown Loan Guarantee Program

To encourage Iowa downtown businesses and financial institutions to reinvest and reopen stronger following the COVID-19 crisis, the Iowa Economic Development Authority in partnership with the Iowa Finance Authority developed the Downtown Loan Guarantee Program. This program provides financial assistance in the form of loan guarantees for eligible downtown revitalization projects. To learn more about this program visit the website.


2022 Iowa Downtown Conference

Join us for the 2022 Iowa Downtown Conference August 2 -3 in Pella! Downtown revitalization professionals and volunteers from across the state will gather to network and learn how a strong downtown can be a major stimulator for economic activity. The conference will include 26 educational opportunities for attendees to hear about the latest trends; acquire practical information and ideas; and learn strategies relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities and urban districts. Concurrent sessions will be presented by a lineup of engaging speakers who will share practical ideas and solutions to learn how to keep your downtown vibrant in today’s market!

Learn More and Register Here