2016 Main Street Iowa Market Analysis Services Community Site Visit #1 is set for August 24th

The MSI Team will make a full-day site visit to conduct a community tour and a four-part work session with local project team. This phase begins the process of technical assistance, provides orientation and assistance to each recipient to assess current conditions and efforts, and provides training and instructions for the completion the primary research…

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2016 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant Available

2016 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Available   IEDA and Main Street Iowa are pleased to once again offer bricks and mortar Challenge Grants to our communities.  $925,000 will be awarded for building rehabilitation projects for commercial projects within the designated Main Street Iowa districts.   Grants will range from $15,000 – $75,000 and require…

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Main Street Program Visit from State on June 9th

  After 9 months of receiving our Main Street Designation, Main Street Centerville is making progress in the development of the program and activity focus.  We are ready to start our market analysis in August and will greatly benefit form that process.

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Dueling Pianos- At the Majestic Theater 4/8/16

Dueling Pianos We had over 160 attend the Dueling Pianos at the Majestic Theater on April 8th! What a fun filled evening!

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Open 4 Business Grant Application- Could your Business use $28,000

Open 4 Business Entry Formopen 4 business Press Releasedocx (CONTEST RULES 2016Judges Scoring Criteria1)

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March Newsletter

Main Street Mar. newsletter (5)

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Volunteering With Main Street Centerville

Click here for the 2015 Main Street volunteer flyer

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Centerville Square District becomes Main Street

The Organizing for Main Street Centerville and Main Street Iowa will hold a community announcement to welcome the Centerville Historic Square District as a new Main Street Iowa community. Michael Wagler, State Coordinator and Darlene Strachan, Assistant State Coordinator, Mary Wells, Main Street Centerville Director, Board of Directors and committee members will be present at…

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Mainstreet Events calendar

See what is going on in the community with our daily events calendar.

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Our Goals

Mission

Main Street Centerville builds the value and appeal of downtown by supporting business development, promoting a positive image and rehabilitation of the historic core of the community.  Our organization uses an inclusive approach to involve all stakeholders, through community involvement, volunteerism both private and public.

About Main Street Iowa

For almost three decades, Iowa's Main Street communities have made a commitment to the long-term revitalization of their historic commercial districts. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach, local leaders have implemented practical management strategies producing fundamental changes in Iowa's Main Street.

The Main Street Four Point Approach was developed in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center. Its primary purpose is to establish historic commercial districts as economically-viable centers of commerce through comprehensive, incremental and coordinated work in four key areas: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

In 1985, the Iowa Legislature adopted the National Main Street Center's model and established Main Street Iowa as a program of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IDEA). Today, Main Street is the premiere program of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center and is the one of most successful state programs in the nation.

Main Street 4-Point Approach

Promotion

Promotion

Encourages a community to focus on the district as a source of community pride, social activity and economic development potential.

Design

Design

Utilizes appropriate design and preservation concepts, to enhance the visual quality of the district (buildings, signs, window displays, landscaping and environment).

Economic Restructuring

Economic Restructuring

Diversifies the historic district’s economy by identifying potential market niches, finding new users for vacant or under used spaces and improving business practices.

Organization

Organization

With coordination by a paid program director, organization brings together the public sector, private groups and individual citizens to work together more effectively.