Joyce M. Glasscock, CMSM
The Heart of Keokuk
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Downtown Keokuk belongs to everyone, from teenage cruisers to health-wise walkers, tourists, merchants, property owners, industrialists and you . . . and me. Each of us plays an important role in making the heart of Keokuk—the front porch of our community – the best it can be.
Just as our community’s economy changes, so too does downtown’s environment change.
From the appearance of buildings to the businesses they house, life in Keokuk has and will continue to change. As a community, we’ve come together and are carefully planning to manage that change.
Main Street, as an organization founded in preservation, is working to protect our historic assets and promote civic engagement and responsibility, while encouraging new growth and development.
The power of an idea can change the course of a community. An important idea that we support is that a healthy, vibrant downtown can be built on the strength and beauty of its historic architecture;
and, if we don’t act on this idea, Keokuk is at risk of losing what sets us apart from every other town.
It is not an easily accomplished idea It is an idea whose time has come.
Today, we invite you to get involved in the Main Street program—to be a part of the ever-evolving, dreaming and planning that will help manage and guide downtown revitalization.
Keokuk’s future is limited only by the collective imaginations of those who care enough to get involved.
The Four Point Approach ™©
Organization means getting everyone working toward the same goal. The tough work of building a consensus and cooperation among the groups that have an important stake in the district can be eased by using the common-sense formula of a volunteer-driven program and an organizational structure of board and committees.
Promotion means selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the district's unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses and visitors, an effective promotion strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers.
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets-such as historic buildings and traditional downtown layout-is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping conveys a visual message about what Main Street is and what is has to offer.
Business Improvement means finding a new purpose for Main Street's enterprises. By helping existing downtown businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today's market, Main Street programs help convert unused space into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises.
Keokuk Cultural & Entertainment District. The KCED is governed by a nineteen member volunteer board of directors under the Main Street Keokuk, Inc umbrella. Their purpose is to market and bring awareness to Keokuk's wealth of arts and cultural opportunities. The CED will host its 3rd Annual Back Alley Band Fest Friday, May 28. The Band Fest is held in garages, yards and commercial venues throughout the District.
Mission Statement To aid in the preservation and revitalization of the Keokuk business district while promoting its history, charm and character.