Thursday, December 14, 2006

Twenty Years of Main Streets

Iowa is celebrating 20 years of implementing a Main Street Program in the state. Over forty towns have implemented the program from towns as small as Bonaparte (population 458) to Waterloo (population 68,747).

During that twenty year period, 2,819 new businesses have been added, resulting in 7,791 new jobs and an investment of $568,000,000. The number of buildings that were rehabbed is 8,725.

I’ve seen the impact of the Main Street Program in Iowa and other states around the USA. It is impressive what has been accomplished in the towns that have taken advantage of it.

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