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Awards: Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced

For Immediate Release


For more information, contact:


Tina Hoffman, 515.725.3150




Nine Communities Selected for Project Awards


January 28, 2012 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority today announced that $430,000 in HUD Challenge Grants will be awarded to nine Iowa 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 $1.2 million.


Governor Terry E. Branstad and 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 historic downtown landmarks; accessibility improvements in historic properties and renovation of upper floor living spaces.


“Iowa’s Main Streets are where people come together, where small businesses prosper and the local economy thrives. Preserving them means investing in the projects that make our Main Streets what we love about Iowa,” said Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). “With the challenge grants announced today, these towns and communities will have the resources to do just that by restoring buildings, maintaining historic landmarks and taking on projects that benefit the local area. I am proud to have been able to deliver funding for this program.”


Governor Terry E. Branstad said that “HUD/Main Street Iowa challenge grants provide a valuable tool for economic development and historic preservation in the historic commercial districts of Main Street Iowa communities. They have consistently demonstrated impressive local financial match, growth of new small business and the preservation of Iowa’s unique sense of place found on Main Streets throughout the state.”     


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 $4.9 million and has leveraged approximately $36.9 million in local investments.


Photos of recipients will be available at after January 31, 2012.  For more information about the Challenge Grant program, contact Thom Guzman, Director, Iowa Downtown Resource Center, at 515.725.3058 or



·         Iowa Downtown Resource Center / Main Street Iowa

·         Governor Terry E. Branstad

·         Senator Tom Harkin


WHAT:  HUD Main Street Challenge Grant Announcement


WHEN:  January 28, 2012 / 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


WHERE: Des Moines Botanical Center, Willow Room





A list of recipients follows


2012 HUD Challenge Grant Recipients



Building / Address

Award amount

Czech Village/New Bohemia (Cedar Rapids)

1113 & 1117 3rd Street SE


6th Avenue Corridor (Des Moines)

1548 8th Street


Main Street Manning

307 ½ Main Street


Marshalltown Central Business District

105-107 West Main Street


Main Street Ottumwa, Inc.

221 East Main Street


State Center Development Association, Inc.

110-112 Main Street


Main Street Washington

210-212 South Marion Avenue


Main Street West Branch

109 West Main Street


Main Street Woodbine

505, 509 & 511 Walker Street



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