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Keokuk to Host 26th Annual Iowa Downtown Summit

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Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority, 515.725.3150


Keokuk to Host 26th Annual Iowa Downtown Summit

“Renewing the Power of Downtown”


July 16, 2012 (Des Moines, Iowa) — “Renewing the Power of Downtown”, the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit, will be held August 21 and 22 in Keokuk, Iowa.  Prominent and knowledgeable downtown and commercial development experts from Iowa and across the United States will share best practices and offer valuable insight, advice and training that will help enhance the local efforts of addressing historic commercial district vibrancy and competitiveness.


 “Healthy and flourishing downtowns are key to quality of life in Iowa.  Vibrant city centers afford great opportunities for living, working, shopping, entertainment and dining,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Iowa’s historic Main Streets celebrate our state’s sense of place. Together we can continue to strengthen our public-private partnership to make Iowa’s downtowns the best they can be.”


The conference provides opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information and ideas, and learn strategies for historic preservation-based commercial district revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities and urban districts.


Featured speakers include Governor Parris Glendening (President, Governors’ Institute for Community Design and President, Smart Growth America), Margie Johnson (Shop Talk) and Hilary Greenberg (Greenberg Development Services).  A wide variety of learning opportunities will be offered with focuses on sustainability, trends impacting present and future viability, business recruitment, branding, historic tax credits, display merchandising, economics of historic preservation, historic preservation programs and services, Community Development Block Grant master façade plans, Main Street Iowa program, design guidelines, technological connectivity and Self Supporting Municipal Improvement Districts.


The Summit is sponsored by Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and the Federal Home Loan Bank, Des Moines.


The conference registration site will be available mid-June at  For more information send e-mails to or call 515.725.3058.



·         Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center

·         Federal Home Loan Bank, Des Moines and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation


WHAT:  26th Annual Iowa Downtown Summit, “Renewing the Power of Downtown”

WHEN:  August 21 & 22, 2012


WHERE: Grand Theatre (registration site), 26 N 6th St, Keokuk, Iowa  


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