The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) named two new Main Street Communities on Tuesday, one of which is Albia.
Albia and Monticello join 53 other Main Street Communities in Iowa. IEDA calls Main Street a proven strategy for downtown revitalization, a network of communities, and a national support program. It’s an exclusive designation that is only granted to a pair of Iowa communities every two years.
With a population of 3,700, Albia is the Monroe County seat. County leaders have spent decades restoring historic buildings on the downtown square to their original beauty and building the area’s manufacturing footprint. Today’s leaders want to maintain that legacy and secure a strong future for their hometown through leadership development, support for small businesses, upper-story housing development, and a strategic focus on downtown revitalization.
“We are excited to partner with Main Street Iowa to help Albia thrive, taking historic renovation, inspiration, and vision to grow our economy.”Laura Teno Albia Main Street Executive Director
According to IEDA, the Main Street Iowa program has generated more than $2.4 billion in private investment, more than 5,000 new businesses and nearly 15,800 jobs since its inception.