Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.
Community Revitalization serves the business community by providing technical assistance and grant programs to foster a climate for business in Charles City that enables current businesses to expand and thrive; and to create an environment that encourages, assists and nurtures new businesses. As a part of Main Street Iowa, we have access to resources and expert guidance at the state and federal levels, as well as a network of other Main Street communities with which to share ideas and successful approaches elsewhere.
Business assistance opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Revolving Loan Fund
Technology Assistance Program
Main Street Revitalization Loan Program
Main Street Development Loan Fund
Façade Improvement and Upper Story Grants
Cultural and Entertainment District
Since 1994, Charles City has seen a net gain in business starts of 50, a net gain in new jobs of 248, 244 buildings rehabilitated or renovated, 35 buildings sold, more than $27 million in private dollars invested in rehab projects and over $4 million in private dollars invested in downtown property acquisition.
Community Revitalization also offers educational opportunities and sponsors a variety of community events intended to enhance the quality of life and bring the residents of Charles City together. Our Business Improvement Committee meets regularly to help foster further expansion and strengthening of the retail and service base in downtown Charles City. For more information, contact our office at 641-228-2335.