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Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

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Tina Hoffman or 515.725.3150

Iowa Economic Development Authority Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

May 8, 2015 (DES MOINES)–The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Downtown Resource Center assists communities around the state in revitalizing their downtowns and commercial districts. 

This summer, the Iowa Downtown Resource Center will offer several downtown forums to bring together community leaders interested in engaging in a discussion about their downtowns.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other downtown leaders, learn about the host location and engage in great conversations about the challenges and opportunities that exist in Iowa’s beautiful downtowns. 

“The exciting part about these forums, and being able to host them across the state, is that the community and attendees get to be the speakers,” said Jim Engle, the director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. “These forums will be a chance to learn from each other about what is working in Iowa’s downtowns.”

Downtown Forums will be held in four communities across the state in June and will be facilitated by staff of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. 

Join the IEDA Downtown Resource Center at any of the following sessions:
June 10– Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Broadway, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
June 11– Quilts & Other Notions Creative Center, 201 North Elm Street, Creston, IA 50801
June 17 – Franklin Street Brewery, 116 South Franklin Street, Manchester, IA 52057
June 18 – Public Library, 300 West State Street, Williamsburg, IA 52361

Each session will follow the below schedule:
9:00 a.m.         Introductions
9:30 a.m.         Discussion Group: “Downtown Appearances”
11:00 a.m.       Downtown Resources from the Iowa Economic Development Authority
11:45 a.m.       Tour of host community’s downtown
12:30 p.m.       Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m.         Constructive thoughts:  What did you think of downtown in the
                       host community?
2:15 p.m.         Discussion Group: “Business Development in Your Downtown”
3:45 p.m.         Adjourn

Individuals are asked to register for the Downtown Forum by visiting  Registration is free for this event.

These Iowa Downtown Forums are sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Iowa Downtown Resource Center that also facilitates the Main Street Iowa Program.


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