Main Street Iowa
In 1985, the Iowa Legislature adopted the National Main Street Center's approach to historic commercial district revitalization by approving the establishment of Main Street Iowa.
The mission of the Main Street Iowa Program is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa's communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district. Main Street is economic development within the context of historic preservation.
Waverly has held the distinction of belonging to the Main Street Iowa program since 1989. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach® conceived in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., the Waverly Chamber of Commerce works with a large number of individual volunteers and committees throughout the community to energize and revitalize Waverly's downtown district.