Model Communities

Connecting leaders to share successful practices

Thousands of Iowans attend conferences and workshops annually seeking out new, innovative practices and models. Through the Iowa Model Communities Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority seeks to bring the model community development practices to you.

The Model Communities Program partners with Iowa communities to share community development best practices. Here are the inaugural Model Communities and model best practices the communities and IEDA are sharing across Iowa.

  • Burlington – downtown building façade improvements
  • Elkader – downtown retail in the 21st century
  • Storm Lake – community water management best practices
  • Woodbine – community housing development

In June 2018, each of the model communities will host an Iowa Downtown Resource Center Downtown Forum to highlight their best practices and more.  Look for more information on these forums in early 2018.

Program Contact(s)

Jeff Geerts - IEDA

Charlie Nichols - City of Burlington

Steve Frevert - Downtown Partners, Inc

Emily Yaddof - Main Street Elkader

Jennifer Cowsert - City of Elkader

Keri Navratil - City of Storm Lake

Scott Olesen - City of Storm Lake

Amber Nelson - City of Woodbine

Deb Sprecker - Woodbine Main Street

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