Mason City, IA

  • Music Man Square - Reunion Hall (map)
  • 308 South Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Mason City, IA, 50401
  • United States

Chuck Marohn will present a keynote speech on Strong Towns concepts at the Iowa Downtown Conference, sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center. He will also lead a break-out session.

8am-8:50am: Keynote Speech

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This presentation explains why our towns are going broke and how they can grow toward a stronger, more prosperous future.

10:20-11:30am: Breakout Session: "Does your Downtown Have a Parking Problem?"

Too many of America's cities and towns have allowed their central districts to be filled with excessive parking lots, mostly as a result of parking minimum laws. Minimum parking requirements hinder the potential of downtowns (and cities as a whole) by creating barriers for new local business start-ups, and filling our cities with unproductive, empty parking spaces that don’t add value to our places. This presentation will explain what's wrong with this model, based on years of exploring parking issues on our website, including our popular annual Black FridayParking event. The presentation will show how decreasing parking in downtown districts can help cities to become productive places again.

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(Top photo by Dan Breyfogle)