Week in Review October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

Dear Partners,

This week Governor Branstad celebrated National Manufacturing Week by going on a weeklong tour of 10 businesses across the state. In a great sign of the strength of our region’s businesses, 2 of those stops happened in our counties. The Governor’s very first stop of the week was at Agri Drain Corporation just north of Adair. On Wednesday, he came to visit Quality Machine of Audubon.

The companies welcomed the Governor and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds to tour their facilities, tell them about all that they do and give their employees a chance to speak with the officials. Both companies did an excellent job representing themselves and our communities, and this contact will help keep our part of the state and our business’s needs at the top of their minds. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the things our staff has been up to the last few weeks:

Business Recruitment/ Entrepreneurship

·         Call Center Lead: We are working with several communities to put together information for a potential call center that is looking for a location by the end of the year. Their main concern is the ability of their ultimate selection to be able to fill 100 positions over the next year, but they also want a 10,000 sq/ft office space. There aren’t any readily available in our region, but we are putting options together for smaller ones that could be expanded as the company ramped up over their first year.

·         Warehouse Distribution: Following up on a lead for a distribution company that is considering having a location along I-80. We have provided them with info on various available sites and maintaining contact in case they decide to move ahead.

·         Panora Cargill facility: We had the unfortunate news that the company that had the site in their top 3 chose another location in northern Iowa. They cited the age/condition and expandability of the building as the major reasons for going elsewhere. We are meeting with local development officials next week to discuss options to move forward at the site. 

·         Regional Intermodal Rail: Continuing background work with potential partners for the possibility of locating a site near Audubon County in Manning for loading/unloading rail cars. We have several businesses that need the capability and it could be an attraction for future business targets across the region. 

Existing Business

·         Scranton MFG: The company announced plans for a 56,000 sq/ft expansion leading to 40 new jobs in the next few years. Scranton Telephone Company passed the resolution to put in the application for a 0% interest USDA Loan for to implement some flood mitigation and potential future expansion. We are also meeting with the Greene County Board of Supervisors next Monday to go over a Watershed Improvement grant through the state that will address the drainage issues holding the expansion up. We hope to get these funding sources wrapped up soon so the company can begin construction before winter.

·         Bauer Built MFG: The company and John Deere finalized the sale this week. You can read more here. We have discussed the situation with BBM and they are excited about the opportunity and believe this will be a positive event for the business and community.

·         190th St. Project Audubon: We got great news that the DOT will be recommending the County’s RISE grant to provide curb and gutter on the road at next week’s Board meeting. They will finalize the award amount next week, but it will allow this project to move ahead in the spring. Several businesses have new developments on the road and require much better access than the road currently provides. We are also beginning the TIF process to help with the project.

Public Relations/Partnership

·         GCDC Exec Board meeting

·         PRIDE board meeting

·         Governor visits to Agri Drain and Quality Machine

·         Stuart Chamber of Commerce

·         Greenfield Development Group meeting

·         Adair County meeting with Adams County Ambassadors

·         Professional Developers of Iowa Conference (Cedar Falls Sept 25-27)

The Week Ahead

·         Greene County BOS meeting to discuss Scranton project

·         RIADA monthly meeting

·         Guthrie Center Meeting with DMACC officials

·         MWP Exec Board Meeting

·         Region XII 40th Anniversary Celebration

·         ACED Monthly meeting

·         Everything else that comes at us

As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do for your business or community. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook to get lots of great updates from around the region, as well as business resources. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Chad Schreck, Executive Director

Tel: (515) 523-1262 | Cell: (641) 757-1635 | Fax: (515) 523-1397

www.midwestpartnership.com

 


Week in Review September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013

Dear Partners,

Here’s a quick look at some of the things our staff has been up to the last few weeks:

Business Recruitment/ Entrepreneurship

·         Panora Cargill facility: Maintaining contact with prospect that has the site in their final 5. Their engineer visited for a site evaluation, and we are awaiting their report. We also met with the City this week to discuss potential incentive options and have relayed those opportunities to the company in the hope they may help improve our position. The company makes an egg product and are looking to move into Iowa to be closer to their suppliers.

·         Warren Cultural Center Restaurant: A small group of us went to meet with the owner of Orchestrate Management in Des Moines. The group runs multiple restaurants such as Centro and Raccoon River Brewery, among others. He gave us great insight into the process of recruiting an operator and offered to assist us in various ways. We have also gotten good news on some potential opportunities coming along through the state Main Street program.

·         Regional Intermodal Rail: Continuing background work with potential partners for the possibility of locating a site near Audubon County in Manning for loading/unloading rail cars. We have several businesses that need the capability and it could be an attraction for future business targets across the region. 

Existing Business

·         Bauer Built MFG: The company and John Deere announced this week that John Deere has bought them out. You can read more here. We have discussed the situation with BBM and they are excited about the opportunity and believe this will be a positive event for the business and community.

·         Scranton MFG: Presented a proposal to the Scranton Telephone Company to apply for a 0% interest USDA Loan for to implement some flood mitigation and potential future expansion. We are going through the application process and will have that in over the next few weeks.

·         190th St. Project Audubon: Working with Region XII and the county on a RISE grant to provide curb and gutter on the road. Several businesses have new developments on the road and require much better access than the road currently provides. We are also beginning the TIF process to help with the project.

Public Relations/Partnership

·         GCDC Exec Board meeting

·         PRIDE board meeting

·         Marketing Campaign: MWP has hired consultant Ann Appleseth to work on a comprehensive marketing effort for our organization. We have begun contacting businesses in each county to develop case studies to highlight successful businesses in the region.  We will also be working through our marketing and messaging priorities at next week’s board meeting.

The Week Ahead

·         Western Iowa Advantage Strategic Planning Session Monday

·         GCDC Annual Dinner Wednesday evening

·         MWP Board Meeting Thursday at Lake Panorama

·         ACED Monthly meeting

·         Everything else that comes at us

As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do for your business or community. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook to get lots of great updates from around the region, as well as business resources. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Chad Schreck, Executive Director

Tel: (515) 523-1262 | Cell: (641) 757-1635 | Fax: (515) 523-1397

www.midwestpartnership.com

 

 


Week in Review August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013

Dear Partners,

We received great news this week that MWP has become one of the first regions to be selected for the EDA University Center Regional Entrepreneurship Project. A grant was awarded to UNI's Business and Community Services Department to focus on developing a support system for entrepreneurship development in our region over a 5 year period. The effort will focus on education, planning and customized technical assistance to build capacity in the region for entrepreneurial development.

These efforts will be led by two programs within UNI's Business and Community Services division: UNI Institute for Decision Making (IDM) and MyEntre.Net. IDM will combine their effective model for economic development planning with the business development expertise of MyEntre.Net staff providing a complete approach to fostering entrepreneurial development in the region. This project will help provide MWP and our regional stakeholders to act in unison to support entrepreneurship development.

We’ll be rolling out more information about this exciting opportunity in the near future, and are looking forward to making our region an even better place to start a business.

Here’s a quick look at some of the things our staff has been up to the last few weeks:

Business Recruitment/ Entrepreneurship

·         Panora Cargill facility: A prospect has the site in their final 3 and has begun an engineering study to determine the best site financially and for future growth. The engineer visited Monday to evaluate the site, and we have provided them with all the local information they have asked for and then some, and are awaiting their determination. The company makes an egg product and are looking to move into Iowa to be closer to their suppliers.

·         Regional Intermodal Rail: Put together an initial meeting Tuesday with potential partners for the possibility of locating a site by Audubon County in Manning for loading/unloading rail cars. We have several businesses that need the capability and it could be an attraction for future business targets. We are researching the viability and moving forward with the process.

·         Business Parks: Put together applications for a pilot site certification program that IEDA has started.

Existing Business

·         Quality Machine of Audubon: Worked with Governor Branstad’s office to set up a visit for October 2nd. The Governor will visit with the employees as well as local leaders, and tour the plant.

·         Puck Custom Enterprises: Met with the company to discuss a road paving project as well as plans for a new building expansion. Exploring options with them for financing the project.

·         Scranton MFG: Putting together applications for financing to finish the company’s efforts for flood mitigation and potential future expansion.

·         190th St. Project Audubon: Working with Region XII and the county on a RISE grant to provide curb and gutter on the road. Several businesses have new developments on the road and require much better access than the road currently provides. We are also beginning the TIF process to help with the project.

·         Heartland Coop, Panora: The coop has reached out to us for assistance in a potential project. We are working with several parties to get things in place to help that move forward. 

Public Relations/Partnership

·         Western Iowa Advantage Monthly Meeting

·         GCDC monthly meeting

·         Stuart Enterprise for Economic Development meeting

·         IADG Invitational

·         Valley Business Park meeting

·         Marketing Campaign: MWP has hired consultant Ann Appleseth to work on a comprehensive marketing effort for our organization. We have begun contacting businesses in each county to develop case studies to highlight successful businesses in the region. 

As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do for your business or community. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook, lots of great updates from around the region, as well as business resources. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Chad Schreck, Executive Director

Tel: (515) 523-1262 | Cell: (641) 757-1635 | Fax: (515) 523-1397

www.midwestpartnership.com

 

 


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