Downtown Resources and Networking

Resources and networking opportunities

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

Downtown Forums
Downtown and community leaders across Iowa are invited to attend a Downtown Forum in one of four locations in June. The forums provide communities the opportunity to talk to each other about downtown ideas, successes and challenges. Staff facilitate discussions related to downtown revitalization, tour the host community's downtown, and present on grant programs and other resources. Participants are encouraged to come ready to share examples from local communities.

Mapping the Dollars and Sense of Land Use
Use the upper floor housing resources to become more fiscally efficient and sustainable.

Published three times per year, the Iowa Downtown Resource is the state's downtown revitalization newsletter.  Join our newsletter list.

Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Toolkit
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.

Sustainability Case Studies
The Iowa Economic Development Authority has provided technical and financial assistance to communities to encourage sustainable community practices.

Operating Historic Theaters in Downtown
Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Division, these resources were developed to assisting communities sustain historic downtown theaters.

Program Contact(s)

Jim Engle



Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.725.3000
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