Grow Fairfield Appoints Ed Malloy as New Executive Director

FAIRFIELD, IA – December 11, 2023 – Curtis Smith, President of Fairfield Economic Development Association dba Grow Fairfield, proudly announces that the Board of Directors has appointed Ed Malloy as its new Executive Director.  This announcement follows an extensive search process aimed at recruiting a highly qualified individual capable of expanding upon the tremendous work of previous Director, Joshua Laraby.

Curtis shared “Ed Malloy is uniquely qualified to lead Grow Fairfield given his extensive background in business, public service, and economic development.  The Board of Directors is supremely confident in Ed’s abilities, and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our members and community partners as our new Executive Director.”

Ed brings extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Fairfield, as its former mayor from 2002-2020.  He led the initiative to create a Strategic Plan for the city of Fairfield in 2002 and during his term as mayor, the community invested in infrastructure, raised its financial standing, and added amenities such as the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, the Cambridge Sportsplex and outdoor pool, and the Fairfield Loop Trail.  His leadership resulted in special designations for Fairfield like Iowa Great Places, Blue Zones, Cultural District, and the Most Entrepreneurial City in America and in Iowa.

In addition to his experience as mayor, Ed was the CEO of Danaher Oil Company until November of 2022, and most recently partnered with his brother Ken in Kembro Fuel Brokers. He also holds the position of development manager for CBC Financial of Fairfield. His knowledge of strategic planning and outstanding communication skills, combined with his economic development experience and ability to build relationships with investors, entrepreneurs, and local government officials make him a great asset to lead Grow Fairfield to continued success in the future.

Ed shared his excitement about his new role, saying “I am thrilled about the opportunity to help create a stronger local economy and build on the successful development of new businesses and job creation with all of our local partners. Fairfield is a leader in rural economic development nationally, and I look forward to adding to our standing.”

Grow Fairfield is a community-based economic development organization, that is committed to making the Greater Fairfield area a better place to live and do business by collaborating with its members, all levels of government and its community partners.

Recent initiatives include successfully welcoming Sun & Fun Motorsports to Fairfield, a new $3.1M investment in the community, opening of a new 185-space childcare center and recently completing a Housing Study and Action Plan for the City. Grow Fairfield continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing the economic vitality of the community.

Grow Fairfield Responds to Housing Need, Acquires 35-Acres for New Housing

 

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (August 10, 2023) Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association (formerly FEDA) is pleased to announce it has acquired a 35-acre site to be developed for a new residential subdivision. This strategic procurement aligns with the recent housing study carried out in partnership with the City of Fairfield Housing Task Force. The study underscores a demand for a minimum of 220 new housing units in the upcoming decade. 

Located in the southern entrance to Fairfield, just West of Jefferson County Health Center and adjacent to the recently established Cambridge Little Achievers Center, the 35-acre site to be named, Sunrise Trail Subdivision, occupies a strategic position for new workforce housing and is expected to support 30-40 new housing units. 

The recently completed housing study highlights ‘workforce’ and ‘middle’ housing as one of the critical priorities within our community. In response, the new residential subdivision will primarily focus on fostering these housing types. The initiative aligns with a developing comprehensive strategy to meet the diverse housing needs in the community, including a priority of retaining and growing a robust workforce. 

Grow Fairfield’s acquisition entails collaborative agreements with the new Cambridge Little Achievers Center for a future access drive to the site, and upon request, the City of Fairfield extended partial financing support, approving a repayable $200,000, zero-percent loan to Grow Fairfield for the acquisition, reaffirming housing as a top priority for growing Fairfield. 

Curtis Smith, Board President of Grow Fairfield, said,  “This acquisition aligns with our strategic goal of spearheading housing initiatives. With our collaborative partnerships, our objective is to reduce the entry barriers for builders, and aspiring homeowners as much as possible. We extend our deepest appreciation to the City of Fairfield and Cambridge Little Achievers Center for their support in this pivotal phase.”  

Site and infrastructure planning will begin this fall.

About Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association:
Celebrating 45 years, Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association is a public-private partnership committed to fostering sustainable economic growth, innovation, and community development in the greater Fairfield and Jefferson County area. Through collaborative partnerships and visionary initiatives, Grow Fairfield strives to create a resilient and forward acting community that attracts investment, cultivates a healthy business climate, and improves the overall quality of life for residents. 

 

Media Contact:
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641.472.3436

Laraby Named to the Professional Developers of Iowa Board of Directors

FAIRFIELD/DES MOINES, IOWA (July 11,2023) Joshua Laraby, Executive Director of Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association (Grow Fairfield), has been named to the distinguished Board of Directors of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI.) Laraby’s appointment to the PDI Board of Directors highlights his exceptional leadership and impact on fostering collaboration, strengthening area communities, and driving economic growth in Iowa.

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) has been at the forefront of economic development since its establishment in 1973. With a diverse membership of nearly 300, the cross section of professional disciplines span from, state, county, regional and local developers, utility providers, legal and financial firms, universities, community colleges, engineering and construction firms, and rail and transportation companies. As a state association, PDI leverages the collective expertise of its members to inform on economic development policy, provide continuing educational opportunities, and enhance the competitiveness of Iowa’s economic landscape.

Kay Snyder, President of the PDI Board, remarked, “We are delighted to welcome Josh to the Board of Directors. His thoughtful approach, experience, and track record of accomplishment make him a valuable addition to the PDI Board. His insights and contributions will help forward the PDI mission of strengthening communities and driving the long-term growth of Iowa.”

In addition to beginning his role on the Board of Directors last month, Laraby has also been an engaged member of PDI since 2016.

Laraby said, “Being named to the Professional Developers of Iowa Board of Directors is an tremendous honor and opportunity. PDI has been a very valuable part of my professional development and has provided strong support for growing Fairfield. I am thrilled and humbled to join a diverse group of esteemed economic development professionals dedicated to advancing Iowa’s long-term economic growth. I look forward to serving the PDI membership in a new capacity.”

For more information about the Professional Developers of Iowa and its commitment to economic development in Iowa, please visit www.pdiowa.com

Fairfield Manufacturers Association, Grow Fairfield present award to Fairfield’s Teacher of the Year

Taryn Ryan, with friends and family along with Chad Christensen and Josh Laraby

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) – Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association and the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association (FMA) presented financial awards to the Fairfield Teacher of the Year at the Educator Appreciation Ceremony held at the Fairfield High School on Monday, May 1. The Druzilla F. Clark Foundation also presented a check to this year’s recipient.
Washington Elementary kindergarten teacher, Taryn Ryan was selected as this year’s teacher of the year. Taryn has been with the Fairfield Community School District as a teacher for 19 years. Prior,  she taught for four years in the Mt. Pleasant schools.

When asked how she felt when she heard her name announced as this year’s recipient, Taryn remarked, “It was a complete surprise! I was shocked and didn’t feel worthy of the honor. There are many amazing teachers in our district, and I would have guessed many others before myself. I am so very, very honored.”
Taryn shared that her favorite part of being a teacher is getting a front-row seat in the learning process. “I get to observe students who begin kindergarten unsure of how to write their names and leave kindergarten writing a paragraph. I love the ‘light bulb’ moments. My little learners make me proud every year.”
Taryn comes from a long line of educators. “As a little girl, I loved to play school in my mom’s classroom and always knew I wanted to have my own classroom someday. I can’t picture myself doing anything else,” said Taryn.

Chad Christensen, current President of the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association, and Josh Laraby, Executive Director of Grow Fairfield presented Ryan with two checks totaling $3,000. In addition, the Druzilla F. Clark Foundation awarded an additional $2,000, for a total award of $5,000 combined.
“The Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association and Grow Fairfield are proud to support the Teacher of the Year program once again. FMA has a long-rooted and deep interest in our schools as we hope that one day after students graduate that they may find their way to our companies and become valued team members. Our teachers are simply the best. The commitment to our young students and the time and effort that they put into their job as educators is incredibly impressive. They don’t typically get the recognition they deserve, so for one day it’s nice to put them up on a pedestal and say thank you.” said Christensen and Laraby.

Funds to support the Teacher of the Year are generated by an Annual Glow Golf fundraiser held in August each year and hosted by the FMA and Grow Fairfield and sponsored by their organization’s members. For details on how to become a sponsor for the Teacher of the Year or participate in the Glow Golf event please visit: (growfairfield.com/golf), or contact Grow Fairfield at (641-472-3436). This year’s event will be held on Friday, August 4th at the Fairfield Golf and Country Club.

Nick Graham Named to FEDA Board

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (May 19, 2023) Nick Graham, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. has been elected by the Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association Board of Directors to join its eight-member Board.

Graham joined Cambridge in 2017 and leads a growing team of nearly 200 technology associate professionals. He also serves as a member of Cambridge’s Executive Council and was named Chief Technology Officer of the Year by Wealth Management.com at its 2021 Industry Awards.

Graham said, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Grow Fairfield Board of Directors. I’ve enjoyed seeing the growth since I moved to the area in 2017, and all the great work being done behind the scenes by Grow Fairfield. It’s so important that we continue to create resources and opportunities for the people and businesses of our community, and I look forward to being part of that process.”

As a resident of Fairfield, Graham works to advocate for and strengthen community development. In 2022, he joined the City of Fairfield and Grow Fairfield’s joint task force to help the City create a data-driven action plan to improve housing access, affordability, quality and encourage new development.  In addition, Graham and his team helped lead a public-private partnership with Indian Hills Community College, to develop the Cambridge Internship and Employment Program, which offers Computer Software Development students to earn a paid internship at Cambridge leading to a career.

 

Curtis Smith, Grow Fairfield Board President, remarked, “We’re honored to have Nick join the Board of Directors. His leadership and his commitment to economic growth will be invaluable as we work to promote growth and development in Fairfield. He will contribute significantly to the board’s strategic initiatives and decision-making processes.”

Grow Fairfield is a community-based economic development organization, that’s committed to making the Greater Fairfield area a better place to live and do business by collaborating with its members, all levels of government and its community partners.

Joshua Laraby, Grow Fairfield Executive Director, closed with, “Grow Fairfield lives and breathes sustainable economic and community growth, from attracting new business and supporting existing businesses,  to job creation, and attracting people to fill those jobs as well as ensuring they have housing options and a place to call home.”

Recent initiatives include successfully welcoming Sun & Fun Motorsports to Fairfield, a new $3.1M investment in the community, opening of a new 185-space childcare center and recently completing a Housing Study and Action Plan for the City. Grow Fairfield continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing the economic vitality of the community.

 

Cambridge Little Achievers Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting, Opens January 16

Cambridge Little Achievers Center (Jefferson County Kids, Inc.) celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with its donors and project partners with over 90 attendees, including Director Beth Townsend from Iowa Workforce Development.

City & Grow Fairfield Seek Input on Housing Needs with Community Survey

Please Participate in the Survey by (Extended to December 11th)

www.growfairfield.com/housingsurvey

The City of Fairfield and Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association have formed a task force and are partnering to conduct a housing needs study and are asking for the community’s input to identify what type of housing is needed in the area through a short assessment survey.

“The survey is an important step in the process, and I encourage everyone to take part. High participation will allow us to get the most accurate data possible. We’re seeking a healthy cross-section from the community, including individuals who rent, who own homes, who are working or retired, and of all income levels,” said City Council Member Paul Gandy.

The survey questions inquire about current accommodations and anticipated future housing needs. All responses are anonymous. Results will be compiled by Iowa State University Extension. Key findings will guide the task force in the formation of an action plan for improving quality and accessibility. 

Gandy, who also serves as the Chair of the Housing Task Force, added, “Even if you do not plan to make a change in your housing or you work here but live outside the County, we encourage you to complete the survey as it will help with future growth planning.”

The study will provide the necessary information to make data-driven decisions, improve the City’s existing housing stock, and encourage new development. 

Joshua Laraby, Grow Fairfield’s Executive Director, said, “With nearly 3,000 people who commute into Fairfield and Jefferson County daily for work but live outside the community, we have an incredible opportunity to create housing options and grow Fairfield. We would like to thank you for taking the time to participate. 

The final housing study is expected to be complete in January.

In addition to the 11-member task force, City Administrator Aaron Kooiker and Mayor Connie Boyer are engaged participants in the committee and process. 

Mayor, Connie Boyer, concluded, “the task force members are drawn from a good cross-section of community leaders and stakeholders committed to addressing the housing challenge in a meaningful way. I am confident they will build a solid plan.”

Mayor & City Council Appointed Fairfield Housing Task Force Members

Paul Gandy, Fairfield City Council Member
Nick Graham, Cambridge Investment Research
Chad Christensen, Fairfield Manufacturers Association
Kristin Miller, Miller Realty
Tim Bower, Fairfield Community School District
Aaron Kness, Iowa State Bank
Karl Metcalf, Iowa State Bank
Bryan Hunger, Jefferson County Health Center
Don Hoelting, Landlord, and Developer
Joshua Laraby, Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association

 

For questions regarding the housing study or the public survey, please contact Joshua Laraby at 641-472-3436 or Joshua.Laraby@growfairfield.com

New Child Care Center Names Finch as Center Director

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) October 27, 2022 – The Cambridge Little Achievers Center Board of Directors has named Tiffany Finch as the Center Director. Finch comes with 10 years of exceptional leadership experience in early childhood education. 

Finch’s effective start date was August 22nd and will spend the next months developing the new Center’s programming and the organization’s operations. 

“After a thorough search and many qualified candidates, Tiffany was the clear choice for leading this new Center. Tiffany shines in the areas we’re focusing on including developing a positive work culture, building strong family relationships while focusing on financial sustainability, and developing high-quality programming. We’re enthusiastic about the strong leadership she will bring to bolster this new center that is important to the community’s needs,” said Bryan Hunger, President of Cambridge Little Achievers Center Board of Directors.  

Finch previously served as a Center Director in Baxter, Iowa, for the Baxter Early Learning Center, which ultimately served 162 children and employed 35 staff. The Baxter Center recruited Finch at a time when it was experiencing financial and operational challenges. Within 12 months she led the center to a healthy financial position and increased enrollment, while building a strong   culture for the workforce. 

Most recently, Finch, was the on-site supervisor for SIEDA Headstart, a federally funded preschool program, a partnership with Cardinal Community School District. 

Heather Buckley, Elementary Principal at Cardinal Community School District, stated, “Tiffany works to reach collaborative outcomes that are in the best interest of the children and families. With her leadership she finds a balance of communicating expectations, while also supporting and modeling those to her staff in a positive manner.”

Finch has resided in Jefferson County for 3 years with her husband Matt, her two daughters, Emarie and Isabella, and son Ashtem. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, coaching basketball, softball and volleyball.   

Finch expressed, “I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as Center Director of Cambridge Little Achievers Center and even more excited to begin serving families in Fairfield and surrounding communities. My previous leadership roles has built a strong foundation for me to lead our Little Achievers. Healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences during the first few years of life. If you are a working parent or guardian, choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child. We are excited to be a part of this journey for you and your family.”

The Board of Directors and Finch are finalizing weekly rates, hours of operation, and aiming to open in early 2023. 

Cambridge Little Achievers Center is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and partnered with over 40 businesses, organizations and individuals to bring this new Center to fruition. 

Parents and guardians looking to add their children to an Interested List can enter their information HERE.

Those interested in future employment, can submit their information HERE

Get the most recent announcements at Cambridge Little Achievers Facebook Page

Sun & Fun Motorsports Grand Opening August 6th

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) Sun & Fun Motorsports (SFM Fairfield) and Grow Fairfield are hosting the grand opening of SFM Fairfield’s new powersports dealership on August 6th from 10 am to 2 pm, with a Welcome & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30. The grand opening is being held at its new location at 405 East 227th Street, just East of the AmericInn Hotel.
The grand opening will include an open showroom, introduction of the Fairfield team, barbecue and soft drinks, and financing specialists onsite.

SFM Fairfield is Southeastern Iowa’s newest powersports store and offers ATVs, side-by-sides, and motorcycles from CFMOTO, SSR, and Benelli and also offers parts and service for these brands and more.

Scott Goedken, Owner, of SFM Fairfield, said, “We are excited to be in Fairfield. Our team has been diligently at work to get our new dealership completed we’re ready to celebrate and welcome you to the SFM Family.”

SFM Fairfield purchased the 30,000 square-foot Fairfield Speculative Shell Building in Grow Fairfield’s new South Business & Industrial Park in November 2021. The speculative shell building was a strategic economic development initiative, aimed to attract new business to Fairfield or assist an existing business in expanding, along with the creation of new jobs. The development of the Shell Building and the Park was a public-partnership between Access Energy Cooperative, Northeast Power, Iowa Area Development Group, the City of Fairfield, Jefferson County Board of Supervisors, and Grow Fairfield.

Goedken, remarked, “we want to thank the economic development partners, from when we began looking at the community, through the purchase and finishing of construction. The partners have been very helpful and welcoming in bringing the entire opportunity together.”

Joshua Laraby, Executive Director, of Grow Fairfield, said, “Scott and the Sun & Fun Motorsports team have been outstanding to work with, in their site selection process, the purchase and through the final buildout of the facility. On behalf of our Member Businesses and partners, we welcome Sun & Fun Motorsports to Fairfield. Please join for the grand opening festivities and help welcome the Sun & Fun Motorsports family, on Saturday, August 6th”

Those who visit the grand opening before 12:00pm. will be entered into a drawing for a $500 in-store dealership credit.

Media Contact:
Joshua Laraby
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641-472-3436