Hilltop Campus Village Honors Lonnie and Constance Westerfield at Main Street Awards

2024 Main Street Iowa Development Awards  
Honor Outstanding Achievements 
Award Winning Projects, Entrepreneurs and Volunteers Honored 

Friday, April 19, 2024 (Des Moines) - Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards celebration Friday evening in Des Moines. The program honors the efforts of local leaders who work tirelessly to revitalize Iowa’s downtowns and Main Street districts. 

The Hilltop Campus Village nominated Martin Luther King Park for a Comprehensive Placemaking Award. Additionally, the Hilltop Campus Village honored Constance and Lonnie Westerfield as successful business owners in the Hilltop, and for their continued charitable contributions to the community. An example of this is their successful Backpack Giveaway that they held in the Hilltop Campus Village. In 2023, the Westerfield’s gave out over 750 school bookbags to area children. These are the kinds of contributions that need to be celebrated and that the Hilltop Campus Village is excited to support.  

Debi Durham, executive director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), and Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa state coordinator, presented the honors. 

“The Main Street Iowa program stands as one of the nation’s most distinguished, as witnessed from the award-winning projects in rehabilitation, business recruitment and support, façade improvement, housing, placemaking and special events,” said Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Director Debi Durham. “It’s evident that Main Street Iowa communities thrive under passionate leadership, achieving remarkable success.”  

“Seeing the impactful efforts of local Main Street program staff, volunteers, and communities is inspiring,” said Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa State Coordinator. “With significant growth in businesses jobs, and investments across communities of all sizes, these districts serve as inspiring examples of what’s achievable for Iowa’s downtowns.” 

A detailed list of all 2024 Main Street Iowa Award winners is available here.  

Main Street Iowa was established in 1985 and operates as a part of the IEDA’s Downtown Resource Center. Since its inception, the Main Street Iowa program has had a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, including more than $2.7 billion in private investments, more than 3.8 million volunteer hours, more than 5,500 new businesses created and more than 16,600 jobs.  

For more information about Main Street Iowa and how all Iowa communities can access commercial revitalization assistance through the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, visit iowaeda.com/downtown-resource-center, email Michael.Wagler@iowaeda.com or call 515.348.6184.