Our Mission & Vision- Main Street Lansing

North side Main StreetLansing Iowa

Our Mission:

We are committed to preserving a historically and financially thriving Main Street through economic development and community engagement.

Our Vision:

Lansing will be a thriving business community in a charming atmosphere, built on honesty and integrity, with friendly people working together. Lansing’s location in the Bluffs on the Mississippi River makes its historical Main Street district a travel destination where everyone wants to visit, shop and stay forever. 

Since downtown is the center of community spirit and first impression of the community – residents and visitors will find full store fronts, a variety of basic and unique businesses, jobs, a new streetscape, and updated buildings that recognize their history while incorporating 21st century technology. Buying local will be a priority 

Businesses and new ideas for tourists, combined with hometown feel businesses, will encourage small business opportunities and increased spending. Year round activities will be an inspiration to enter, whether by highway or bridge, into Lansing, where Main Street  matters.


Main Street Lansing is an accredited Main Street Iowa organization. We focus on economic development within the context of historical preservation and we do this by following the National Main Street’s 4-point approach. For 34 years this approach has brought real economic change to Main Streets across the nation.

Since 2012 Main Street Lansing has combined public and private investment with over 7,000 volunteer hours to help improve the local economy.

Being an accredited Main Street Iowa organization brings with it many opportunities in the form of grant dollars and technical assistance from the State’s dedicated Main Street specialists.

In the fall of 2014, the downtown area was designated a State Historic District and a National Historic District. This designation will assist with tourism and also with possible funding through tax credits for future renovation and restoration to this area.

Lansing is lucky to be part of arguably the most consistent and successful state-wide Main Street network in the country. See Iowa’s Main Street Organization page for more information. Additional information may also be found at the National Main Street site.