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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. ISU supporters will find a number of options to purchase Cyclone gear. Our events calendar always has something fun and entertaining for all ages.

Campustown Action Association Volunteer of the Year

CAA is pleased to announce our 2018 Award Winner is Amy Mellies of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Thank you Amy for all you have done to make Campustown great!

What’s Missing From Campustown?

The Campustown Action Association is conducting a survey to see what type of businesses and services the community would like to see in the Campustown Business District. The CAA Business Improvement Committee will use the results to customize a business recruitment plan for the Campustown District.

Please take the short survey today.

For more information on CAA or the Business Improvement Committee, please contact Karin Chitty at

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