13 Communities Receive $1.2 Million in Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants

20 Oct 2021


October 20, 2021 (DES MOINES) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded $1,205,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants to 13 communities around the state. The grants will benefit local building projects that contribute to the economic development of designated Main Street Iowa Districts, including:

•    Giving new life to a long-closed landmark restaurant building on the Washington Square, 
•    Transforming a vacant office building in Avoca into a bakery and café for brick-and-mortar expansion of a popular farmer’s market vendor; and 
•    Activating an unoccupied upper story with four short-term stay units to meet local lodging and housing needs in Elkader.

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