2022 Iowa Downtown Conference

February 22, 2022


2022 Iowa Downtown Conference Opportunities
– Save the date for the only statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa. The Iowa Downtown Conference will be held August 2-3, in Pella. The event includes two full days of comprehensive downtown revitalization training, tours and plenty of time to network.

For the last 35 years, the Iowa Downtown Conference has been an opportunity for individuals from rural communities to mid-size towns and urban districts to come together to share successes and challenges and learn valuable   lessons to help in local revitalization efforts. Attendees depart with knowledge to re-energize downtown organizations, support small businesses, refurbish historic buildings and build vibrant, sustainable communities. Now more than ever, downtowns across Iowa have an important role as economic and social hubs of community development.

Would you like to be a part of the action? Become a sponsor, share your resources with attendees by becoming an Exhibit Hall vendor, or come as an attendee to learn more!

  • 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. For sponsorship levels and benefit information, click here.
  • Exhibitor Application
    Vendors are invited to exhibit goods and services in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Don’t 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 are a limited number of spaces available on a first come, first served basis. For more information and access to the vendor application, click here.
  • Conference Attendee
    As plans unfold, updates will be made on the conference website found here.
    Registration for the general public will be available in May.
  • 2023 Host Location RFP 
    The Iowa Downtown Resource Center is seeking proposals from communities in Iowa to host the 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference, tentatively scheduled July 31-August 2, 2023. The anticipated attendance for the two- and one-half-day conference is 250. For more information, click here.

The 2022 Iowa Downtown Conference is brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center in partnership with #VisitPella, Central College, Pella Opera House, Alliant Energy and ISG.

Questions? Contact Carol Lilly at carol.lilly@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6177


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