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The Downtown Resource Newsletter

July 19, 2023

Downtown and the Arts

Downtown development/downtown revitalization doesn’t typically come with a magic recipe. Nearly everything we do represents a piece of a puzzle that capitalizes on a unique downtown’s strengths while diminishing its weaknesses. Or it capitalizes on a new idea that creates investment and excitement.
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Downtown Difference Maker

It is never one project that defines the Downtown Difference Maker. The downtown comes alive when many actions build upon each other and reach a point where the collective impacts not only demonstrate the power of local downtown focused efforts but also connect a place together in ways that you sometimes can’t describe, plan for, or imagine.
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Downtown Gem

The iconic Hotel Manning is located in downtown Keosauqua, Iowa. Built in 1899, Hotel Manning’s steamboat gothic architecture is reminiscent of riverboats of the 1800s, a style enhanced by the hotel’s location along the banks of the Des Moines River.
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Open 4 Business Competition Finalists

Main Street Iowa has named five finalists in their annual Open 4 Business Pitch Contest, which will be held Tuesday, August 1 in conjunction with the 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference at the RE/MAX City Centre in Sioux City. Each of the five finalists will pitch their business idea live to a panel of judges and the winner will receive a $20,000 grant.
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Sioux City to Host 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference

The 37th annual Iowa Downtown Conference will be held August 1-3 in Sioux City, Iowa. The event is the premier annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring states.
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Honoring Leaders, Telling the Story of Success, and Celebrating a Movement

Iowa has a network of 54 designated Main Street Iowa programs throughout the state. Each year, this network of communities dedicated to downtown revitalization gather in Des Moines to celebrate the impacts of their collective work and honor awards at the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards.
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Iowa Downtown Resource Center Newsletter Article Street GridTM

StreetGridTM is a first of its kind living file library for downtown and community development organizations to streamline organizational efficiency, springboard planning efforts and empower advocacy for this grassroots economic development engine.
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