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Main Street Corning


As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Main Street Corning is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.


The Main Street program is a volunteer driven program whose mission is to promote our community and businesses through innovative actions, events, and positive experiences to create a thriving Main Street District.


Vision Statement:

Corning will be known for having a downtown with a can do, will do and has done attitude, which is reflected in our motto “Corning-A Class Act”.   The merchants and volunteers are and will continue to be dedicated to keeping the downtown resilient and vibrant.


Retail and Industrial recruitment and retention will be the cornerstone of downtown Corning.  A strong public-private partnership will be the catalyst for sustainable economic growth in the central business district.  The community will maintain a role as a regional center for government, education and health services, therefore will continue to attract an increasing market share to the downtown, resulting in survival and prosperity for community residents and merchants. 


Recreation, historical sites and our cultural events will attract a high level of tourism to Corning and Adams County.  Local residents and tourists will find downtown Corning to be a friendly meeting place with unique shopping opportunities.


Energized by this vision, downtown leadership and volunteerism will be at

an all-time high.  Cooperation among merchants will sharpen the downtown’s competitive edge and form “A Class Act” and niche shopping area. 


Downtown Corning will be a place worth visiting, in a town worth living in!


Main Street Corning is one of 54 Iowa Main Street communities served by the Main Street Iowa program. Main Street follows a four-point approach.  Volunteer for one of our committees:  Design, Events and Marketing, Economic Vitality, or Public Relations.


You can learn more about Main Street Iowa and the National Main Street CenterThe Main Street Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization is through comprehensive, incremental, and carefully coordinated work.