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Building Facade Mini-Grant Application Up to $500

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this grant program is to assist building owners in the Main Street District to improve the historic exterior appearance of their buildings. Please review the Design Guidelines approved by the City Council in January, 2016. Eligible Applicants:  Property owners in Jefferson’s Main Street District. Eligible Projects to be […]

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The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program Helping small businesses respond and adapt to COVID-19

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to support brick-and-mortar small businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. Applications are now open. They will continue to be accepted until 11:59pm PT Sunday, August 23 or […]

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The Forge honored as one of 14 Iowa historic preservation projects

A barn in Ogden, a courthouse in Decorah, a tiny cemetery chapel in Avoca and a sprawling military base on the south side of Des Moines – these are just four of the 14 historic preservation projects that were honored in a virtual ceremony Thursday during the annual Preserve Iowa Summit. “These outstanding properties give communities a […]

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Flowers for downtown planted by volunteers

The Design Team works closely with the City of Jefferson to provide beautiful plants to add seasonal beauty to the downtown.  This group created a plan to invite volunteers to help with the planting while social distancing and had 20 volunteers involved.  All of the plants were purchased through Fudge’s Flowers with Bonnie delivering all […]