2023 Iowa Downtown Conference

August 1-3 | Sioux City

Save the Date for the 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference
August 1-3

2022 Iowa Downtown Conference LogoWe look forward to seeing you in Sioux City, Iowa for the 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference from August 1-3. Save the date to join fellow commercial district revitalization leaders from across the region for education sessions, special events, field sessions, and opportunities to explore the host city. Whether you come from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or somewhere in between, the Iowa Downtown Conference offers solutions to common problems and new techniques to help your community thrive.

Conference sessions will take place at the Sioux City Convention Center, conveniently located near downtown amenities. Room blocks for attendees will also be available at adjacent conference hotel, Courtyard by Marriott. See the lodging section for more information.

Conference Registration Rates

  • Early Bird (by Thursday, July 13*) $150
  • Regular (by Thursday, July 20*): $200 
  • On-Site: $250

Registration is expected to open in early April. Stay tuned!
*Deadlines are subject to change.

Conference Sessions
The 2023 conference itinerary will feature motivational keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions focusing on downtown revitalization, field sessions/tours, an exhibit hall and a number of networking activities in cool venues.

  • Tuesday, August 1: Conference sessions from 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., followed by the Main Street Open 4 Business Pitch Contest and an informal conference mixer
  • Wednesday, August 2: Conference sessions from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., followed by the Conference Reception
  • Thursday, August 3: Conference sessions from 8:00 a.m. -1:45 p.m.

Be a Presenter
If you have a high-quality presentation that would be appropriate for downtown/Main Street district economic development professionals and volunteers, we urge you to consider submitting a session proposal. Learn more >

Partnership Opportunities

Sponsoring the Iowa Downtown Conference is a highly visible, cost-effective way to reach community leaders and partners as they foster new ideas and solutions for preservation based revitalization. Sponsor packages provide partners with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership through programming and promotions, connect directly with local decisionmakers, support communities on their path to economic revitalization. Learn more >

Exhibition Hall
The Iowa Downtown Conference offers a variety of promotional opportunities for companies specializing in products, services, and resources designed to assist downtown and commercial district management professionals take their revitalization efforts to the next level. Details about booth spaces, pricing, benefits, and opportunities are now available. Booth registration is expected to open this spring. Learn more >

Apply to Host a Future Downtown Conference
A healthy downtown reflects a heath of a community. Is your downtown a model for others across Iowa? Applications to host the Iowa Downtown Conference during one of the following years 2024, 2025, or 2026 are now being accepted. Learn more >

Get Excited & Start Planning

Explore Like a Local
Sioux City is a city of people, history, culture, and vibrant neighborhoods offering unique eats, shops, sounds, and experiences. Now is the perfect time to start building your extracurricular conference bucket list. Come early or stay a little longer to make the most of your time in Sioux City! From dine and shop local guides to must-see attractions, check out ways to explore Sioux City like a local >

Lodging Information
Room blocks for attendees are available at adjacent conference hotel, Courtyard by Marriott. The last day to book in the room block at conference rates is Thursday, June 15, 2023. Use this link to book your discounted rate for 2023 Iowa Downtown Conference.

Conference Co-Hosts

For more information, contact:

Carol Lilly