Main Street Centerville adds New Board Member

Main Street Centerville adds New Board Member

The Main Street Centerville Board would like to welcome our newest Board Member John Cosby.  John is a valued Business Owner of of Cosby’s Audio, Video and Appliance your local dealer for GE, Samsung, LG and Direct TV as well as your local US Cellular Agent.  Located on the west side of the historic square since February 1990.  What a great addition to our Board!

2016 Market Analysis

2016 Market Analysis

Main Street Centerville is beginning our Market Analysis study of downtown Centerville so that we can identify areas of needed growth and opportunity within our downtown district. We would greatly appreciate your honest thoughts and input! Please take our online survey using the link below. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and is completely confidential. Thank you for your assistance with this important study.


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

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 (surveys) component of the project.

 Community Tour: Conduct an on-site visual assessment of the Main Street target area and surrounding region to observe current conditions, features and competitive factors relevant to each district’s business climate, business mix, residential market, occupancy rates, and potential business development and marketing efforts.

 Four Part Workshop (Full Project Team):

Part One: On-site orientation to review and discuss the process and schedule, including the roles and responsibilities of the local project team and the specific nature of technical assistance to be provided by the MSI team.

Part Two: Review the Market Snapshot document prepared per Phase 1A to identify trends in the marketplace, including conditions or trends that might be explored in more depth during the primary research phase.

Part Three: Introduce and review the Market Study report template and discuss, specifically, content to be prepared by the local project team and integrated in the document’s Community Profile section, which will serve as an introduction to the community’s Market Study Report.

Part Four: Provide training and help the local project team prepare for the performance of primary research (surveys), including the preparation of questionnaires and the conduct of business and consumer surveys.


Our Site two visit is scheduled for October 12, 2016

2016 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant Available

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 a dollar for dollar (1:1)CASH match.  The application process and project eligibility are very similar to previous grant rounds.  Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, building rehabilitation projects – interior and exterior, new construction and sensitive building additions.  More information and details are provided in the project description details.

Program Highlights:


–        APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2016 11:59PM

–        Each community/program can apply for ONE grant (Same as previous years)

–        Grants will be submitted on Iowa Grants.  Paper applications will NOT be accepted.  No exceptions.

–        Late applications will not be accepted.

–        Minimum Grant amount = $15,000.  Maximum = $75,000  (Same as previous years)

–        All grants require a dollar for dollar (1:1) CASH match.  (Same are previous years)

–        Multiple property projects are still eligible.  EACH project must meet the minimum grant amount ($15,000) Projects need a common connection or theme.

–        Local Main Street Programs are the actual applicants, on behalf of a local project.  (contact: )

–        Grant announcements are planned for mid-November.  Exact date and time to be determined.