Areas certified as an Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District (CED) are well-identified, walkable, mixed-use, compact areas of a city or county in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as the anchor.
CEDs attract a diverse and engaged workforce – a key incentive for new and relocating businesses. CEDs also attract residents and tourists who support adjacent businesses such as restaurants, lodging facilities, retail stores and entertainment venues, enhancing property values, the profitability of surrounding businesses and the tax base of the area.
The goals of the program are to distinguish those districts that have created unique cultural centers and prioritized visitor experiences, promote the districts and their supported activities, and provide technical assistance and professional development opportunities.

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