Come see what we have to offer you and your business, and then consider becoming a part of the success of progressive Downtown Oelwein!


Downtown Revitalization

Oelwein's downtown completed major improvements to sidewalks, streets, and lighting in 2007. OCAD's Revitalization Committee partnered with the City of Oelwein to plan and carry out the improvements. In addition to the sidewalk, street and lighting improvements, green plants and trees added to the landscaping. Wrought iron benches and receptacles are conveniently placed on every downtown block. Individual business owners in the downtown area have been encouraged to redesign storefronts and make other improvements to their properties.



City of Oelwein Revolving Loan Fund

The City of Oelwein Revolving Loan Fund became available in October of 2007 to make monies available to help businesses in Oelwein improve their properties, expand, acquire buildings/land and more. In 2015, an additional Revolving Loan Fund was awarded to the City of Oelwein from USDA to enhance and expand the opportunities of the existing program to further increase the capability of funding new and existing businesses. Applications are available at the OCAD office at 25 W. Charles Street.

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Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre of Oelwein, 26 South Frederick, reorganized as a locally-owned enterprise in May of 2010, taking the name of the original Grand Theatre which opened in 1923.

This community-based non-profit will continue to show first run movies on its twin screens, with seating for 300 and 200 respectively. Matt Vogel, president of The Grand Theatre, and Mary Frisch, theatre manager, thank the volunteers and ask for the continued support of the community. Visit to learn more about it.


Join Us!

We're getting things done in Downtown Oelwein. We're successfully renovating, refurbishing and renewing. We're attracting specialty shops and promoting shopping in Oelwein with the "Shop Oelwein....... We're Awesome!" campaign throughout Iowa. The beautification of downtown have been enhanced with the completion of Lion's Park and Plaza Park, areas to relax and enjoy while shopping or attending an event in the downtown area. Ample parking is available.

For more information, please call Oelwein Chamber and Area Development at 319-283-1105, contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are located at 25 W. Charles, Oelwein, IA 50662.

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Oelwein was named "Hub City" because of the rail lines coming into town and the repair shops located there.

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