Iowa Downtown Resource Newsletter

November 2, 2021
Iowa Downtown Resource Newsletter

Create Economic Impact with your Event ... Pella Tulip Time!

We all love a good event, but do we always think about how those activities are essential to the health of a downtown and its community?
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Downtown Difference Makers – Brian and Laura Manatt

The Manatts love Brooklyn where the schools are exceptional, the downtown is well maintained and inviting, and the residents are welcoming. Brooklyn has great employers and volunteers in the community. As it relates to the downtown, the city had the foresight many years ago to begin its own façade program for business owners. This program has allowed business owners to keep the facades of their buildings well maintained.
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Coming Soon! Main Street Design Guide

The physical elements located in a commercial downtown district embody a community’s past, serve as a venue for its present, and contain the potential for its future vibrancy. Physical elements help to tell the story of the unique/diverse assets a community has to offer.
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#WinterIsComing

Successful visions for downtowns include numerous opportunities for public activity throughout the winter months and focus on local assets, identity and character. It takes an engaged community to embrace and mobilize those assets.
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Resources for Small Businesses and Customers

We have entered that time of year – the ever-important fourth Quarter – that can be a “make it or break it” time for small businesses. The holidays are knocking at the door and as customers return (at some level) to shopping in person, small businesses are gearing up to meet the demand.
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Main Street Iowa Announces 2022 New Program Application Workshops

Main Street Iowa’s network of 54 designated programs will grow in 2022. Application workshops will be held in late February for communities interested in becoming a designated Main Street Iowa program. Applications are due in late May.
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Project Funding Available Through the Iowa Downtown Resource Center

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center currently has two applications open for funding downtown building rehabilitation projects: Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program and Downtown Housing Grant.
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Announcing New Staff – Nick Sorensen

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff person, Nick Sorensen.
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Downtown Gem - Panora

The state of Iowa is blessed with many town squares. The squares often serve as community parks perhaps with a courthouse, city hall or gazebo in the center. Downtown Panora has an unusual square where the high school was built in the center. The active gymnasium still stands. Panora City Administrator Lisa Grossman tells the story.
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