Mills County Continues Preparedness for New Development

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Mills County, Iowa, through the Mills County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors and leadership of Development Director Rick Allely, continue to add to their arsenal of tools required for competitiveness in today’s economic development market.  The Mills County Economic Development Foundation partnered with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a labor shed employment study encompassing the regional development area.  This study will provide existing as well as prospective new employers with valuable data needed to attract and retain quality employees.

Mills County Economic Development Director Rick Allely stated, “Mills County has aggressively worked over the past 18 months to have a tool box that includes: infrastructure enhancements; shovel ready industrial sites; accurate up-to-date workforce information; development friendly ordinances and plans; and a team of partners ready to assist in growing industry, commercial businesses, and housing opportunities throughout all of Mills County.  This has been a true team effort involving our elected officials, several departments within the County in addition to community representatives, utility providers, developers, builders, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Department of transportation, and many others.  It is the goal of the entire team to have all the right tools in place.”

Labor availability and quality are key factors in site selection and corporate growth.  Mills County Economic Development Marketing Committee Chair Alan DeBolt noted, “MCEDF and our team of partners continue to make strategic investments to attract new tax base and jobs to Mills County and our region.  The available labor force within the metro region and rural areas reached by key transportation routes like US 34, I-29, and I-80 put Mills County in the best position within the Greater Omaha Region to offer existing and new companies with quality employees.”

The combination of shovel ready sites in the new Eagle Crossing Business Park with quality available labor and world class utilities, puts Mills County in a position where companies can see a positive return on their investment when making the choice to grow here in Iowa.

Partners involved with the Mills County economic development initiative include MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Western Iowa Networks, Glenwood Municipal Utilities, and the various local communities and county.   

For additional information on the available workforce and development sites in Mills County, visit or contact Rick L. Allely, CEcD MCRP, at the Mills County Economic Development Foundation, 712-302-7010. 

Mills County Economic Development Foundation
403 Railroad Avenue
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

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