Mills County Economic Development Foundation holds Annual Meeting

Mills County Economic Development Foundation holds Annual Meeting Main Photo

1 Aug 2018

The Mills County Economic Development Foundation held its first annual meeting on July 12th at Belle Terre Reception hall in Glenwood, IA. The event sponsored by Chat Mobility featured keynote presentations from Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham, Iowa Association of Business & Industry Director Mike Ralston, and Mills County Economic Development Director Rick Allely. The theme for the evening was Iowa: Today, Tomorrow, Beyond and How Mills County fits Into the Plan.

Key highlights of the evening included the identification of over 750 acres of targeted industrial development property being optioned by the development group. The property is split into two key focus areas involving rail served heavier industry sites and a business park dedicated to logistics and advanced manufacturing industries. Director Durham discussed the importance of shovel ready sites in attracting new investment and employers to the state of Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority has partnered with site selection consulting firm Quest Site Solutions to evaluate industrial sites and parks for designation as certified shovel ready for marketing purposes. Allely noted that it is MCEDF’s intent to apply for Certified Site Designation for an area exceeding 450 acres known as the Eagle Crossing Business Park near the US 34 and Interstate 29 interchange. The new business park is targeting industrial users within the logistics and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The other 300 plus acres targeted for development include an area south of Pacific Junction that is served by the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Company. Allely and MCEDF President Devin Embray spoke to the group working with BNSF, IEDA, and multiple utility providers to market the site to industrial users requiring rail. Allely stated, “We want to thank the Mills County Board of Supervisors as these efforts are made possible because of the Mills County Board of Supervisors’ commitment to growing Mills County and putting the County in a position to win deals.”

Mike Ralston discussed statewide trends among Iowa’s employers and how the efforts of the Iowa economic Development Authority and Mills County Economic Development Foundation have put Iowa in a great position to assist existing Iowa businesses with expansion while also offering new sites for companies seeking a location in a state that supports business.

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