LABORSHED STUDY TO BE CONDUCTED IN FAIRFIELD

 The Fairfield Economic Development Association is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Fairfield area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Fairfield’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.

The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Fairfield area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high-quality workforce.

The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Fairfield area for employment. For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Fairfield asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This reporting will give us an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides.

“Employers will be contacted in the next few weeks and we encourage all employers to participate in the laborshed study. The study helps provide the collective information for workforce and economic development initiatives,” said, Josh Laraby, Executive Director for Fairfield Economic Development Association.

Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed. If you have any questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Joshua Laraby, Fairfield Economic Development Association 641-472-3436

Thank you for your support and participation.
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New Fairfield Child Care Center Breaks Ground, Announces Name

 

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (March 15, 2022) The Jefferson County Kids, Inc. Board of Directors and its partners held a groundbreaking ceremony on a new 14,000 square-foot child care center, located west of the Jefferson County Health Center. At the event, the Board of Directors also unveiled the name of the facility to be, Cambridge Little Achievers Center.

“Access to quality child care is critical to the economic well-being of the state,” said Debi Durham, Executive Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority. “The new center we celebrate in Jefferson County today provides a solution to our child care shortage and exemplifies how successful public-private partnerships are vital to economic development efforts.”

The new center will create an additional 185 new child care spaces and will serve children from infants to 12 years old. Construction completion is slated for late 2022 and the opening date has not yet been set, though is estimated to be early 2023.

Bryan Hunger, Board President of Cambridge Little Achievers Center, said, “This is a proud day for the community. We are grateful for the over 40 businesses, organizations, and individuals who have come together and made this new center possible. The new child care center and the additional spaces will position Fairfield and Jefferson County for more working families to be welcomed into our community.”

This new center is considered a leader in the State of Iowa, demonstrating a successful public-private partnership approach to increasing the number of community child care spaces.

The Board of Directors also gives special thanks to locally owned community banks, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield, and Libertyville Savings Bank for their interim financing support until pledged donations are fully realized.

“We look forward to construction completion, the opening of the doors, and welcoming the young smiling faces soon,” Hunger stated.

Cambridge Little Achievers Center, Board of Directors:
Bryan Hunger, Board President
Teri Bockting, Board Vice President
Kate Van Pelt, Board Secretary & Treasurer
Terri Kness, Board Member
Todd Reifsteck, Board Member

For more information visit www.growfairfield.com/childcare

New Windmill Business Relocating to Fairfield, Purchases former Aluminum Foundry Building

February 17, 2022 (FAIRFIELD, IOWA) Fairfield Economic Development Association is pleased to announce Great Plains Windmill Service will be relocating its business to Fairfield and has purchased the former ALCAST aluminum foundry building located at 603 North 8th Street.

Pictured: Phil Gehman and his wife Janelle Gehman

Great Plains Windmill Service is the largest windmill company in the nation, specializing in; installation, servicing, painting, full restorations, and relocating of farm and recreational windmills. Of the several hundred installed each year, more than half are utilized for water, cattle operations, irrigation, wetland preservation, and pond aeration.

Phil Gehman, Owner of Great Plains Windmill Service, said, “we are pleased to have chosen Fairfield to relocate and expand our business. We are a family-owned business originally founded in Kinross, Iowa, that is continuing to grow and we believe Fairfield will be a great fit to expand.”

Planned improvements to the 118,000 square foot facility will begin immediately and the creation of a dozen or more-high quality jobs is estimated in the first year.

Joshua Laraby, Executive Director of Fairfield Economic Development Association, said, “Phil and his team have been a pleasure to work with and will be a great fit to the community. I am pleased they have selected Fairfield. Many positives will come from this, including a temporarily vacant facility put back into production, new jobs created, and welcoming of a new business to Fairfield.”

Fairfield Shell Building Sells, FEDA Welcomes New Business

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (November 8, 2021) – Fairfield Economic Development Association (FEDA) 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 FEDA 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, FEDA 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.  FEDA 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, FEDA 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.

MidWestOne Bank Partners on Child Care Center

Pictured left-to-right: Joshua Laraby, Teri Bockting, Kate Van Pelt, Ron Haines (MidwestOne Bank), Terri Kness, Todd Reifsteck

 

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) MidWestOne Bank in Fairfield and the MidWestOne Foundation have raised the bar and pledged $25,000 to the Jefferson County Kids Child Care Center.

Ron Haines, Fairfield Branch MidWestOne Bank, Market President, announced, “Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference. As a community bank, we know the importance of making a difference in the communities we are in. The Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center is a key community project that is needed in our growing community. MidWestOne Bank is proud to be making a difference and partnering with this project.”

The Jefferson County Kids Board of Directors is actively fundraising for their $3.5M Capital Campaign to add a 188 space child care center to Fairfield, Iowa.

Terri Kness, Jefferson County Kids, Board Member, “We are thankful to our local MidWestOne branch and the MidWestOne Foundation for supporting the fundraising efforts of the Jefferson County Kids child care facility. We are hoping to reach our fundraising goal very soon.”

Media Contact:

Ron Haines
641-472-6511

 

Greater Jefferson County Foundation Grants $250,000 to New Child Care Center

Back row left-to-right: Joshua Laraby (FEDA), John Morrissey GJCF (Ex-Officio Legal Counsel), Jessica Jones (GJCF Board Member), Joan Fulton (GJCF Board Member), Frank Redeker (GJCF Vice President & Operational Grant Chair, Bryan Hunger (Jeff Co Kids)
Front row left-to-right: Ashley Manning (GJCF Capital Grant Chair & Executive Secretary), Terri Kness (Jeff Co Kids)m Kara Waugh (GJCF President), Kate Van Pelt (Jeff Co Kids) Peggy Mottet (GJCF Board Member), Tammy Dunbar (GJCF Past Vice President and Grant Committee Chair)

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) The Greater Jefferson County Foundation (GJCF) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Jefferson County Kids, Inc. (JCK) for its new child care center. The grant has been pledged over a five-year period. The grant, along with additional recent pledges, brings the capital campaign to  $3 million of its $3.5 million goal. 

Kara Waugh, GJCF President, said, “Supporting the new daycare fits within our mission of funding projects that will benefit people throughout Jefferson County. Our area needs more childcare spots and it is a need felt not only by families, but also employers throughout the region. Investing in this new daycare facility will impact economic development and improve the quality of life throughout our county. We are proud to be involved!”

The 14,000 square foot new construction child care center will boast 188 new child care spaces and will be located on a 3.5-acre site, just west of the Jefferson County Health Center, at 2094 Libertyville Road.

Ashley Manning, GJCF Board Member, affirmed, “As a mother with young children, I understand the great need we have for a daycare center in Jefferson County! Having quality and reliable care for children is incredibly important for working parents. Currently, our community has quite a shortage in daycare providers.  As a GJCF board member, I am ecstatic that we are able to help fund this very worthwhile endeavor!”

The Jefferson County Kids Board of Directors are awaiting final design approval of the center and aiming for a fall 2020 construction start, with an opening of the center summer of 2021.

Bryan Hunger, Jefferson County Kids President, agreed,  “This is a monumental pledge to the capital campaign, and we’re incredibly grateful that the GJCF Board mutually sees the impact this will have for Jefferson County.  This raises the capital campaign to a pivotal mark of $3 million of the $3.5 million goal. It’s imperative we raise the remaining $500,000 by the end of 2020, to guarantee the sustainability and success of the project.”

The Jefferson County Kids child care center project continues to receive state and national attention for its public-private partnership model, partnering with economic development, Early Childhood Iowa, businesses individuals, and state and federal government. For more information on the initiative, visit www.growfairfield.com/childcare

The mission of the Foundation is: “The Greater Jefferson County Foundation receives, accepts, and distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Jefferson County, Iowa.” The Foundation was established in 1975 and has had significant growth over the recent years with this type of bequest and being the counties conduit to the Iowa Non-Gaming Community distribution from the State of Iowa. For more information, visit the Foundations website at www.greaterjeffersoncountyfoundation.org.

Media Contacts
Greater Jefferson County Foundation
641-472-0758
gjcf0758@windstream.net

Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641-472-3436

Capital Campaign Contact
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641-472-3436

 

 

 

C1st Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Jefferson Co Kids Early Childhood Learning Center

From left to right. Todd Reifsteck, Mark Franke, Kathy Thornton, Kate Van Pelt, Teri Bockting, Tammy Wetjen-Kesterson, Joshua Laraby, Jaime Thomas, and Greg Hanshaw

 

*Press Release courtesy of C1st Credit Union

OTTUMWA, IA – The C1st Foundation awarded $25,000 in September to the Jefferson Co. Kids Early Childhood Learning Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

The Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center donation will help with the capital campaign to build a new facility to accommodate the need for additional childcare spaces and resources in the Fairfield community.

“We understand and fully support the impact this new Early Childhood Learning Center will have in Fairfield and Jefferson County.” says Greg Hanshaw, CEO of Community 1st Credit Union, “Partnering with local organizations to promote community betterment is really what our credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is all about. We look forward to watching this project unfold soon.”

C1st grant-funded project awards are made possible through the C1st Credit Union Impact Giving Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Community 1st Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $800 million in assets. The credit union, established in 1936, serves more than 61,000 members.

C1st has more than 230 employees and is headquartered in Ottumwa. The credit union has branches in Albia, Bloomfield, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Chariton, Fairfield, Grinnell, Indianola, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella and Washington. With an additional branch scheduled to open in Osceola, IA in summer of 2021.

For more information, call 866.360.5370 or visit c1stcu.com.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsey Gould,
Marketing Program Coordinator
Ph. 641.683.6451
lindseycg@c1stcreditunion.com

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