Fairfield Shell Building Sells, Grow Fairfield Welcomes New Business

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (November 8, 2021) – Grow Fairfield and its partners are excited to announce the sale of the Fairfield Shell Building to Sun & Fun Motorsports.

The building and three-acre site, located within the 61-acre Grow Fairfield Business & Industrial Park along Highway 34, was purchased for $875,000. Sun & Fun Motorsports is headquartered in Iowa City and will use the location to add a new dealership in Fairfield.  Sun & Fun expects to invest $2.7 million in developing the location and completing this expansion project that will result in creating up to 17 high-quality jobs in Fairfield.  Construction improvements will begin immediately and an opening of the new dealership is slated for March 2022.

Scott Goedken, owner of Sun & Fun Motorsports, said “We are very excited about coming to Fairfield.”  Sun & Fun is the largest powersports dealer in the Midwest, currently retailing 11 brands companywide. The new dealership will retail two off-road vehicle brands, Can-Am and CFMOTO. “As a new business coming to Fairfield, it has been great working with the community.” The new dealership will be comprised of a showroom sales floor with quality parts and accessories for sale and a certified full service shop.

Amy Jones, Grow Fairfield Board President, said “The Shell Building was completed in Fall 2019 after a culmination of discussions to position the City of Fairfield & Jefferson County for further growth and creation of new jobs.  Grow Fairfield is thrilled to welcome Sun & Fun Motorsports to Fairfield!  We are proud of our shell building partners who came together to make this project a reality:  Access Energy Cooperative, The City of Fairfield, Northeast Power, Jefferson County, and Iowa Area Development Group.  A special thank you goes to Josh Laraby, Grow Fairfield Executive Director, for his passion and drive that continued to move this project forward.”

The sale included a development agreement with the City of Fairfield involving a 6-year, $360,000 Tax Increment Financing incentive, along with a $500,000 loan from Access Energy Cooperative’s Revolving Loan Fund and a $400,000 loan from Northeast Power’s Revolving Loan Fund.


(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association & Fairfield Manufacturers Association are hosting their 10th Annual Teacher of the Year Golf Outing on Friday, August 6 at the Fairfield Golf & Country Club. This year, the outing will be a new 4-hole Best Ball nighttime GLOW GOLF event with check-in starting at 6:30 p.m.

Appetizers, glow products and a fun time are included. Best decorated golf cart wins a prize. Proceeds from the event support the Fairfield Teacher of the Year Award and the Manufacturers Association annual education scholarships.

“High quality education is essential for workforce and economic development. This is why our organizations support the Teacher of the Year award. With many changes that this year has brought across the globe, we too are trying something new and exclusively hosting a nighttime glow golf outing versus our former day-time event. We’re excited and invite you to join in supporting first class educators,” said Josh Laraby, Grow Fairfield Executive Director.

Glow Date: Friday, August 6
Time: Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fairfield Golf & Country Club
Game: 4-Hole best ball
2-Person teams
Cost: $65/person or $130/team
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 2

More information and to register


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Fairfield Lions Club Donates $10K to Child Care

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (May 3, 2021) In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its charter, the Fairfield Lions Club is making a $10,000 supporting contribution to the Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center.

The Fairfield Lions Club was founded by Dr. J.S. Gaumer and several interested individuals on May 5, 1921 to embody the Lions’ motto, “We Serve”, in Fairfield. The current Club President, Dorian Atwood, said, “We are here because we want Fairfield to be a better place for all of us to live.”

The club annually fundraises and donates approximately $20,000 to groups, organizations, and activities in the local community, and it regularly supports the Fairfield High School Activities Fund and the Fairfield Come to Supper event. It puts a high priority on children and especially their eyesight through its Kids Sight Program that screens preschoolers and send images to the University of Iowa Medical School, Department o Ophthalmology, for early diagnosis of vision problems. The Club also assists the Iowa Lions Eye Bank for cornea transplants and the Iowa Lions Sight Conservation Foundation.

“We thank the Fairfield Lions Club for its partnership. This generous donation and investment will serve the Fairfield area for years to come,” said Terri Kness, Jefferson County Kids, Board Member.

Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator


Position Overview:

Fairfield Economic Development Association is searching for an organized, dynamic, dependable, and self-motivated Administrative Assistant-Project Coordinator to join the economic development staff team. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and assists in performing a variety of diverse administrative and technical work for implementation of economic and community development plans, programs, and projects. At a glance, the position is responsible for supporting the organizations day-to-day operations and assists with moving economic development projects forward.
This is a part-time position is up to 20 hours per week. Some local travel within Fairfield and adjacent counties is necessary for this position to attend meetings, along with commitment to some weekend and evening community development engagements as they arise.

Skillset & Proficiency for Success:
Administrative assistant experience, high quality customer service skills and project management experience along with lucid writing and verbal communication skills will all be needed to be successful in the position. The selected candidate will be able to meet project deadlines and have or show developable project leadership skills. Knowledge of and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite is essential: Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Outlook.

Additional Beneficial Experience:
Experience in any of the following would be helpful [but not required] to the candidate selected: marketing, membership relations, mass communications, property management, community development, economic development.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and references to Joshua Laraby, Executive Director, at Joshua.Laraby@growfairfield.com with “Admin Assistant-Project Coordinator Resume” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled.

About Fairfield Economic Development Association:
Fairfield Economic Development Association is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1977 with its core mission to: “Sustain and improve the quality of life of the citizen’s in Fairfield, Iowa throughout targeted economic development initiatives and programs.” FEDA works closely with local community development organizations, financial institutions, and businesses, as well as agencies and elected officials in local, county, state and federal government to help facilitate economic growth in Fairfield.

The list of duties and responsibilities on this job description are not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.