Sep 28 2010 Kuiken named to FEDA Board and Foss retires

Tim Kuiken, attorney/shareholder at Foss, Kuiken, Gookin & Cochran P.C. in Fairfield, has been elected to serve as a director on the Fairfield Economic Development Association’s Board of Directors.  Kuiken’s nomination was affirmed by the FEDA membership at its 2010 Annual Meeting last night in Fairfield.  He will assume a 3-year directorship commencing January 1, 2011.

Kuiken will assume the seat of Craig Foss, also of Foss, Kuiken, Gookin & Cochran.  Foss will retire at the end of the year from the FEDA Board after 18 years of service on the board, having been elected at the September 22, 1992 FEDA annual meeting and beginning his term in 1993.  He is the current FEDA Treasurer and serves on the organization’s Property and Budget committees.

To read entire media release click here.

Sep 28 2010 FEDA announces new entrepreneurial program Project Grow Our Own

The Fairfield Economic Development Association (FEDA) announced at its 2010 Annual Meeting a strategic partnership with the Cedar Rapids-based Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC) called Project Grow Our Own. At the annual meeting Curt Nelson, President & CEO of EDC and FEDA Executive Director Brent Willett were on hand to make the joint program announcement. The new program provides professional support and mentoring services from EDC to qualifying Jefferson County entrepreneurs at a reduced cost.

All residents of Jefferson County are eligible to participate in the program who meets the following criteria. The business must be headquartered in the county, conduct interstate commerce and can demonstrate potential to create jobs and wealth in the county.

Funding is awarded up to $1,500 with a 25% match requirement by the applicant. A second round of funding is available and certain conditions apply to be eligible. There is a $50 application fee that must be submitted with the application.

EDC services available through Project Grow Our Own include:

  • Mentoring
  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Sales & Marketing – sales coaching, marketing plans, market research
  • Personnel—team development/hiring
  • Funding Services— venture capital access, equity raising, government resources
  • Executive / Leadership
  • Business Plan Writing
  • Road-Show Presentations
  • Manufacturing Operations or Production Analysis
  • Financial Review & Budgeting Process

For questions regarding Project Grow Our Own or to setup an intake session, contact Brent Willett or Sam Busch at 641-472-3436. More information is also available at

To read entire media release click here.

Sep 24 2010 FEDA 2010 Existing Business Initiative Report to the Community Released

FEDA has released a report summarizing the findings of the latest Fairfield Existing Business Initiative [FEBI], a committee-led outreach campaign of executive interviews and surveying of dozens of Fairfield employers, to the community. This report is the second iteration of the FEBI program, which was launched in 2008 in an effort by FEDA to better connect with existing Fairfield-area businesses, comes at a critical time for the community.

Data for the report was gathered through surveys sent to 35 Fairfield employers and through interviews with executives of 29 of the surveyed companies. The information was input and reports were generated via the eSynchronist economic development software FEDA has access to through a strategic regional relationship with the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission office. FEBI Committee members Pat Doyle, Craig Foss, Jodi Kerr, Lori Schaefer-Weaton and Dan Sullivan as well as FEDA staffers Willett and Samuel Busch carried out the interviewing over a three month period during the third quarter of 2010.

The report, which is available for download or in printed form at the FEDA office at 204 Broadway in Fairfield, contains survey data including ownership/management changes, expansion plans, workforce issues, legislative issues, union activity, utility and community services satisfaction levels, community strengths and weaknesses as a place to do business and more.

Get the full-color report here.

To read the entire media release here.

FEDA member?  Don’t bother printing out a color version; one is on the way to your mailbox.

For any questions or concerns please contact Brent Willett or Sam Busch at (641) 472-3436