Assessing Downtown

Identifying opportunities for downtown revitalization

What are your downtown's strengths? Weaknesses? What can you do make it more attractive to customers? The Iowa Downtown Resource Center (IDRC) offers two fee-based services to help communities identify these strengths, weaknesses and solutions.

Downtown Assessment Visit ($2,500)
The IDRC staff of experienced professionals will perform an intense, on-site study of your downtown, including a public presentation and 20+ page written report that can be used in your planning efforts. A two or three person team will tour the community and downtown, visit local businesses, interview stakeholders. The team will provide an honest assessment of the downtown with short and long range recommendations that are very specific to your downtown's challenges.

Downtown Walk Around ($300)
This quick visit offers communities an honest first impression of your downtown. Two IDRC staff members will spend a morning or afternoon in your downtown. We will take a short walking tour of your district with community leaders and also walk the district on our own with stops in businesses. We will identify strengths, but we'll also call you out on issues that need attention. The tour will be followed by a brief meeting with community leaders and a two page summary of the visit.

Downtown Exchange
This is an excellent opportunity to find out how others see you. We will match you with another community that is similar to yours. Volunteers from each will make impromptu visits to your downtown and assess features such as cleanliness, entrances, signage, business mix, etc. Visits will be followed with a report of honest "first impressions" from and to each participating community.

Eligibility:

  • Any community in Iowa

How to Apply:

  • Contact the program contact listed
Program Contact(s)

Jim Engle
515.348.6180
downtown@iowaeda.com

 

 

 
Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.725.3000
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