Main Street Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa is fortunate to have been a charter member of the Iowa Department of Economic Development's Main Street program.
This program utilizes the Main Street four-point approach: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Business Improvement to provide economic development opportunities for the Oskaloosa downtown district. Through this approach the quality of life and overall economic vitality of the entire community is greatly enhanced.
Main Street Oskaloosa was very instrumental in the restoration of Trolley Place.
Mission StatementTo enhance downtown Oskaloosa as an attractive, unified, and economically sound commercial district by preserving the architectural heritage and communicating a positive image.
- Organization: means getting everyone working together towards the same goal. This means building a consensus and cooperation among the various groups that have an important stake in the district.
- Promotion: means selling the image, promise and reputation of Main Street to all prospects. Main Street believes in marketing the district's unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, and new businesses through innovative promotional activities, special events, and marketing campaigns.
- Design: means getting Main Street into top physical shape. The look and 'feel' of the buildings helps to maintain the positive growth trends. Main Street offers two unique financial packages to help create or maintain this top physical condition. A Facade Grant for up to $500 and a Main Street Revolving Loan Fund for up to $5,000.
- Business Improvement: means finding a new purpose for Main Street's enterprises. By helping existing downtown businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today's market.