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Harper Brush Works Expands in Fairfield

From left: Tracy Vance, Executive Director FEDA; Brady Gros, CEO Harper Brush Works; Representative Curt Hanson; Mayor Ed Malloy Harper Brush Works is consolidating its distribution operations to its Fairfield, Iowa location as part of its Performance Improvement Program. The consolidation plan includes the addition of 25 to 30 jobs and is supported by a state […]

Feb 23 2012 Trip to the Capitol

FEDA joined members of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce for a trip to the state Capitol Building in Des Moines. While in Des Moines, the group received briefings on economic development and education reform legislation and met with Senator Greiner, Representative Hanson, Representative Klein, the Speaker of the […]

Feb 14 2012 Iowa Needs More People

Re-posted from the Des Moines Register blog written by Jason Noble. One key to growing Iowa’s economy, state economic development director Debi Durham told lawmakers this afternoon, will be growing the state’s population. Boosting educational investments that prepare young adults for industrial and advanced manufacturing jobs will be important too, she said, but Iowa must attract more people […]

Feb 07 2012 Economic Development and Historic Preservation

Main Street in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Faye Gilbert.)   New Main Street Communities Announced February 7, 2012 (Des Moines, IA) – Governor Terry Branstad today announced that three Iowa communities were selected to join the Main Street Iowa program: Chariton, Jefferson and Lansing.  The announcement was made during a special ceremony held at the Iowa State […]

Jan 30 2012 New Business in Iowa?

The Iowa Innovation Corporation, created by lawmakers to spark development of innovative companies and products in Iowa,  is in the process of establishing a seed fund to assist entrepreneurial activity in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, sparking such start-up activity is seen as key to Gov. Terry Branstad’s pledge to add 200,00 jobs in Iowa and […]

Coming Home to Iowa

The following video, “Coming Home to Iowa,”  was produced by Opportunity^2, an economic development project for Southeast Iowa, of which Jefferson County is a part. Opportunity^2 is the brainchild of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. The purpose of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and Opportunity^2 is to promote the general welfare, convenience, safety and prosperity of […]

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, […]

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 […]