$75,000 Challenge Grant for “Putting Back the Ritz”

Projects will leverage private investments to revitalize downtowns across the state
For more information, contact:
Jacque Matsen, 515.348.6245
November 7, 2019 (DES MOINES) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today awarded Main Street Centerville a $75,000 grant for the “Putting Back the Ritz” Ritz Theater project.  State Representative Holly Brink, Senator Ken Rozenboom, ACCA (Appanoose County Coalition for the Arts) Board President Nancy Bennett, Main Street Treasurer/Secretary Judy Dorman and Main Street Centerville Business Development Committee Chair Dustin Harvey attended the event held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.  Thirteen other Main Street Iowa communities also received grants that will benefit local improvement projects, including upper story renovations, critical building stabilization, and façade restoration and upgrades. A total of $1 million was awarded during the ceremony.
“Main Street Centerville’s (MSC) goal is to build value and appeal to the downtown by the rehabilitation of the historic core of the community. Restoration of the Ritz Theater is a large part of demonstrating the realities of downtown rehabilitation.  The Ritz has been empty or under-utilized for more than forty years leaving a significant hole in our historic downtown. Funding from this Challenge Grant will save this iconic building from falling in and ensure that it is passed on to future generations to come” Mary Wells, Executive Director Main Street Centerville         
The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total project cost of these 14 projects is over $3.2 million.
“The Main Street Iowa Challenge grants have been instrumental in revitalizing Iowa’s historic main streets,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham. “Reinvesting in our traditional commercial districts is good business.  It’s good for our economy and good for our state. These projects will bring new businesses and new residents to our downtown districts.”
Since the first Challenge Grants were awarded in 2002, approximately $10.6 million in state and federal funds have leveraged more than $59 million in private investment. Over the life of the program, 179 projects in 54 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state have received funding.
“Each project must provide at least a dollar-for-dollar cash-match,” said Michael Wagler, state coordinator for the Main Street Iowa program. “In total, these projects will actually leverage significantly more than the state’s investment into bricks and mortar rehabilitation.  This investment will have a significant economic impact within each district.”
Volunteer Spotlight- Josephine Glick- Promotion Committee Chair

Volunteer Spotlight- Josephine Glick- Promotion Committee Chair

Meet Main Street Volunteer Josephine Glick, our new Promotions Committee Chair!
My name is Josephine Glick. I am 27 years old and am from Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. I have a husband, Chris, who is the store Director for Hy-Vee and a 3-year-old son, Michael. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia to study Psychology. I previously worked at Hy-Vee as a cake decorator for 9 years and continue to work at Sephora in Independence, Missouri as a Makeup Artist and Skincare Specialist. I am a creative person who enjoys applying makeup, decorating cakes, painting, and drawing. I joined Main street Centerville to make friends and to help organize events that help with the restoration of our historic town square and promote our community in a positive matter! Please join us in welcoming Josephine to our program and their family to our community, what a great addition they are!

Main Street Centerville Volunteer Spotlight

Main Street Centerville Volunteer Spotlight

My name is Dustin Harvey and I am originally from Humboldt, Iowa. I moved to Centerville in February of 2017 to take the Marketing Officer position with Iowa Trust and Savings Bank. My Wife, Annette (Bennett) Harvey, grew up here and her parents are Dan and Nancy Bennett of Dannco. We decided to settle down in Iowa after Annette’s career with the Air Force came to a close. We want the small town life again for our children to grow up in. We have 3 kids, Kinley-8, Reese-6 and Bennett-3. I am part of the Main Street Business Development committee because it relates to my Marketing position for the bank. The Business Development committee is essentially a business resource group for the City of Centerville. I was recruited by Pat McAfee who is Annette’s aunt, to be a part of this group. I accepted as I want to become a valued member of this great city. The Business Development committee is a valuable resource for all businesses within Centerville’s Main Street district. We have seasoned volunteers who either own their own business or are key managers within their current business. We are here to help your business grow and we want you to succeed. Stop by and see us today to see how we can help you and your business today!


Dustin Harvey

Business Development Committee Chair

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:  director@mainstreetcenterville.com )

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

Main Street Program Visit from State on June 9th

Main Street Program Visit from State on June 9th


Program Visit with State Coordinator Michael Wagler and Business Specialist Jim Thompson
Program Visit with State Coordinator Michael Wagler and Business Specialist Jim Thompson

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.