About the project

Main Street, Downtown Ottumwa, IA

 

Better Block works with communities and their leaders to instigate rapid change at the neighborhood level. With an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from the National Association of Realtors, South East Iowa Regional Board of Realtors, Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, City of Ottumwa and the University of Iowa Business Leadership Network, Main Street Ottumwa, Better Block Foundation, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission are working on creative ways to transform Main Street into a walkable, vibrant district.

Main Street Ottumwa Better Block hopes to:
Empower and inspire residents to take positive action in their community
Seed ideas and next steps for permanent improvements
Guide small businesses and entrepreneurs to open storefronts Downtown
Improve quality of life for current residents of Ottumwa and attract new visitors to the city’s core