If you’ve ever been to Brooklyn, Iowa, you may have seen our historic, 109-year-old opera house on Jackson Street, a beautiful but neglected property that anchors the central business district downtown. The opera house was once a symbol of Brooklyn’s vitality, where theater, music and community thrived. But with no funding available to rebuild after a catastrophic floor collapse in 1998, Brooklyn has missed out on decades’ worth of arts, music, new traffic and economic activity — until now. With one of our most cherished properties renovated we have an opportunity to anchor the next century of growth for our community.