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Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced

Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants

For more information, contact:


Tina Hoffman, 515.725.3150



Nine Communities Selected for Project Awards


August 26,2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority today announced that $707,220 in HUD Challenge Grants will be awarded to nine communities through a fund administered by the Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa. The funding will be distributed in the form of grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total project cost of the nine projects is more than $5.7 million.


Senator Tom Harkin joined representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Main Street Iowa to make the announcement during a special check presentation ceremony held at the Des Moines Botanical Center. The grants will benefit local improvement projects such as repair of front and rear façades of downtown buildings, interior rehabilitations; restoration of a landmark movie marquee; renovation of two mid-19th century row houses and stabilization of a fire damaged property.


“These challenge grants have proven to be valuable development tools in improving our historic commercial districts with a very impressive return on investment”, stated Governor Terry Branstad.  “Local project developers contribute at a minimum a dollar for dollar match for each federal dollar provided through this program.”


Senator Tom Harkin said that “Iowa’s Main Streets are the embodiment of the American small town life: a place where communities come together and share in the town’s rich history.  We need to protect, preserve and enhance our Main Streets and with this year’s funding, Iowa will be able to do that while helping to rejuvenate local small businesses as well. I am honored to be part of the group that helps bring this needed economic funding to Iowa.”


The Challenge Grant program is funded through an appropriation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Since the first appropriation in 2002, this program has awarded a total of $4.8 million and has leveraged approximately $43.1 million in local investments.


Photos of recipients will be available at after August 31, 2011. For more information about the Challenge Grant program, contact Jane Seaton, State Coordinator, Main Street Iowa, at 515.725.3056 or




·         Iowa Downtown Resource Center / Main Street Iowa

·         Senator Tom Harkin


WHAT:  HUD Challenge Grant Announcement


WHEN:  August 26, 2011 / 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.


WHERE: Des Moines Botanical Center, Willow Room





A list of recipients follows


2011 HUD Challenge Grant Recipients



Building / Address

Award amount

1.Ames Main Street Cultural District

230-232 Main Street


2.Cedar Falls Community Main Street

122-124 Main Street


3.Colfax Main Street

112 North Walnut Street


4.Dubuque Main Street

1132-1134 Locust Street


5.Fort Madison Main Street

831 Avenue G.


6.Hamilton County S.E.E.D.

630 Main Street, Jewell


7.Le Mars Chamber of Commerce

110 Plymouth Street SW


8.Main Street Mount Pleasant

109 & 113 West Monroe Street


9.Mount Vernon Community Development

119 First Street West



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