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Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

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Tina Hoffman, 515.725.3150

Iowa Economic Development Authority Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

May 3, 2016 (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 a dialogue 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. Iowans are invited to attend any of the following sessions:

June 7 – City Park Bandshell - Lakeview Room, 10 North Lakeview Drive, Clear Lake, IA
June 8 – Kirkwood Community College, 111 West 3rd Street, Vinton, IA
June 21 – Albia Chamber of Commerce, 18 South Main Street, Albia, IA
June 22 – Chamber Community Building, 407 West 5th Street, Carroll, IA

Each session will follow the below schedule:

9:00 a.m.    Introductions
9:15 a.m.    Community Share:  What’s going on in your downtown? Share success stories, events, brochures, before and after photos, new business success, challenges, etc.
10:00 a.m.  Presentation:  “Appropriate Rehabs to Save Your Downtown”
10:45 a.m.  Tour of host community’s downtown
12:00 p.m.  Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m.    Constructive thoughts: What did you think of downtown in host community?
1:30 p.m.    Downtown Resources & Incentives
2:30 p.m.    Discussion Group:  “Downtown Appearances”
3:30 p.m.    Questions and comments
3:45 p.m.    Adjourn
Registration is free for this event. Individuals must register by visiting
The 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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