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Welcome to Campustown

Since 2010, Campustown Action Association has made Campustown the business destination in Ames! Living space in the District has grown exponentially with $120+ million invested in new buildings over the past couple of years. On-going redevelopment continues to improve the Campustown infrastructure with new retail space. For over 100 years, Ames Campustown has been the #1 choice of Iowa State University students and staff for goods and services.

Come explore all Campustown has to offer and experience the unexpected. You can get Iowa’s Best Burger for 2018 or enjoy any of the new Campustown restaurants that have opened in the past year. Our events calendar always has something fun and entertaining for all ages.

Sust-Ames Local Shopping Day

Iowa State University is celebrating 10 years of Living Green! Help the Live Green! Team make our city “Sust-AMES-able” by shopping local in Ames. Support our local businesses by doing your holiday gift shopping in Campustown. Enter a drawing for sustainable prizes! There will be opportunities throughout the month to learn about the university’s green shopping habits, too.

Many of the Campustown businesses are already meeting the Smart Business Challenge.

Saturday, November 10th (all day)

Make Campustown Shine

MCS is held monthly April-November with groups donating their time to help clean up litter and cigarette butts
Presented by The Fighting Burrito

Campustown Facade Grant

The Campustown Facade Grant program improves the exterior facades of our district

Campustown Summerfest

An annual celebration of Campustown held in early June each year brings music and activities together for Ames residents

Campustown Events

CAA helps organize events ranging from Movie Night to Crafts & Draughts

Redevelopment Projects

Major redevelopment projects in Campustown with millions of dollars being invested into the Business District


Strong partnerships with the Ames Chamber of Commerce, City of Ames, and Iowa State University allow CAA to be dedicated to Campustown businesses and issues