Invest In Main Street

Invest In Main Street

YOU can make our downtown awesome with cool events, beautiful buildings, and hip shops! In the last year, we have introduced new events and promotions, assisted with openings of new businesses, and building restoration. Since 2009, our dedicated volunteers have provided over 12,000 hours of service, valued at over $150,000! We have applied for grants (Community Development Block Grants, Challenge Grant, Living Roadways Trust Fund, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, North Lee County Community Foundation, etc.) for the downtown area and have acquired almost $600,000 thus far, specifically for downtown projects (not operating costs)! As lucky as we have been receiving funding for our projects, we receive all program funding from private investments, fundraisers, and with support from the City of Fort Madison. However, to continue our programming, services and technical assistance we need to continue our fundraising efforts.

Our Board of Directors has recently determined three main goals that we will strive for from 2018-2020. They are:

  • Increase retail and upper-story residential units in the downtown district;
  • Implement a streetscape and infrastructure master plan; and
  • Develop cooperative marketing strategies with other local Main Street communities.

Help us in our downtown revitalization efforts, for as little as $0.07 a day, or even $20 a month! That's less than purchasing a cup of coffee a day!

If you'd like to invest in Main Street and help make downtown Fort Madison an even better place to live and work, take a look at the levels of giving that we have available below. Our pledge drive cycle runs a period of three years (2018-2020). Would you like to set up a monthly or quarterly investment schedule? We will help with that too, just let us know! If you click on the Donate button below, you will also have an option to make a one time donation, as well.

Pledge Amount
3 Year or 1-time donation

You may also download the PDF version of the pledge form and mail, fax, or e-mail back to us!

Benefits for Businesses Who Invest in Main Street

Includes free assistance related to:

  • Renovation and Rehabilitation Designs
  • Renovation summary
  • Renderings
  • Suggestions for materials and renovation methods
  • Basic listing on our website (Detailed listing, including website, social media links, full description and photos for an extra $50/year)
  • Basic listing in our hard copy downtown directory
  • Discounted advertising opportunities
  • Unlimited posts, photos, and event listings on our Facebook and Twitter outlets
  • Creating social media pages/profiles
  • Creating and updating websites (through Iowa Get Online & Google)
  • Updating general online listings, including Google, Manta and Yahoo
  • Application and management of grants, if part of a multi-property and/or district-wide project
  • Identifying financial incentives, including: loans, grants, and tax credits
  • Selling or buying your property
  • Selling or buying a business
  • Entry into special events
  • Invitations to annual meetings and receptions
  • Providing market data and analytics for Fort Madison
  • Leasing rates and data
  • Educational opportunities, such as hands-on workshops
  • State-wide networking with other Main Street communities

Often, we can help you by partnering with other organizations and entities, which will allow us to help you with projects such as a marketing and branding campaign. But the opportunities are endless!