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 Fairfield Economic Development Association (FEDA) 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, FEDA’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, 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

 

 

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

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.

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