Downtown Cherokee has been approved for an official designation as a Cultural and Entertainment District.
It is one of eight Iowa communities to be chosen for the designation this season by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
A small group of boosters has been working for over a year toward the designation.
The effort combines art, culture and historic preservation.
Some 90 U.S. cities have established cultural districts as a way of revitalizing the arts,
Cherokee officials also suggest that a cultural district could help to attract development such as lodging, retain, restaurants and entertainment. State tax incentives could also be available to help owners to preserve historic properties. The community is placing signs provided by the state to celebrate the designation.