We want Colfax, Iowa to be known for its old time charm in a modern day world. The heart of the city will be a vibrant area, restored in a manner that preserves its historic character and architecture. The storefronts will be filled with healthy, sustainable business. The economic growth will create jobs and stable businesses that will help build the tax base. Community pride in downtown will be evident in its clean, attractive and well kept appearance. Filled with an upbeat, eclectic mix of shops and services, the town will be alive as a destination for residents of all ages, visitors, and heritage tourists.
Colfax Main Street's Mission is to preserve our city's past and plan our future while maintaining our small town charm.
Colfax Main Street, Inc. (Colfax Main Street) is part of the Main Street Iowa Program with the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The Main Street Iowa Program was created to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa's communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district. This economic development is centered around historic preservation.
Colfax became a Main Street Iowa Community on May 18, 2009. The Colfax Economic Development Commission, the Colfax Chamber of Commerce, the Colfax Visioning Committee, and the Take Pride Where You Reside Committee combined to form Colfax Main Street.
Colfax Main Street is modeled after the Main Street America Program through the National Main Street Center with a Main Street Board, a program director and committees established to implement the Four Point Approach®.
Cindy Van Dusseldorp
President and Organization
Every community is different and has it's own assets and unique needs. Main Street America developed The Four Point Approach® as an adaptable framework of transformation strategies to revitalize and strengthen a downtown or business district. Colfax Main Street's activities are all planned under these four core areas:
ECONOMIC VITALITY focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.
DESIGN supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.
PROMOTION positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.
ORGANIZATION involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.