Housing Development Workshop

Fairfield Economic Development Association is continuing its push for more home construction by hosting a free housing development workshop.

The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to noon, with additional meetings in the afternoon, Dec. 1 at the Fairfield CoLab, on the second floor of the Bonnell Building. The meeting will provide information to local landowners and investors who are thinking about building homes and developing whole subdivisions.

Glenn Lyons, a developer from Neighborhood Development Corporation in Des Moines will speak from 11 a.m. to noon. Lyons and representatives from FEDA and French-Reneker-Associates will be available after noon to discuss the development process, land engineering and available housing initiatives.

Any member of the public considering a housing project is welcome to set up a free consultation. Those wishing to attend are asked to respond to FEDA executive director Adam Plagge atadam.plagge@growfairfield.com and to inform him of whether they would like a one-on-one meeting with Lyons, FEDA or French-Reneker-Associates.

Lyons’s talk will focus on market analysis, market development, site selection, concept development, financial feasibility, sales and project evaluation.

Building a subdivision or even a single home can be a massive undertaking with so many things to consider. Plagge said the purpose of the meeting will be to make that process less daunting by filling gaps in developers’ knowledge of how to finance their project, manage engineering costs and navigate zoning codes.

Plagge said he hopes the meeting will spur home construction in Fairfield, which has not seen much of it in the past 5-10 years. Between 8-10 homes have been built each of the past several years, and he would like to see that number double to between 15-25 per year.

First Annual Business Pitch Session

First Annual Fairfield Business Pitch Session

Top prize $1,200 and 2016 Chamber of Commerce Membership


  1. Entrepreneurs that are just getting started and have a great new idea. Business may be manufacturing, service, retail or otherwise.
  2. In business for two years or less.
  3. Total gross annual revenue does not exceed $250,000.
  4. Must be an existing or proposed Fairfield based business.
  5. Provide an Executive Summary of your business or business idea that provides a specific ask to potential investors (2 pages maximum).  Executive Summary should include: • Product or service description
    • Target market and size of the market
    • Business model (how does your venture make money?)
    • Key resources – e.g. patents, design, etc.
    • Management team, their experience and the functions each member performs
    • Why your business is unique and why your team has an advantage over others offering a similar product or service

How the Event Works

  1. Submit everything by the application deadline:May 15th to:Adam.Plagge@growfairfield.com
  2.  The judging panel will review submissions and select 3-4 finalists to participate in our formal pitch day June 5th.
  3. The final businesses will present at the 1stAnnual Fairfield Business Pitch Competition on June 5th 8:30-10:30 AM. Each business owner will have 15 minutes to give their pitch followed by in-depth questioning from our judging panel and potential investors.  At the finale of the event, our judges will identify the top pitch and award the winner with $1,200 in prize money to help develop and build their concept.  Prize money is designated for business expenses. The winner will also receive a free 2016 Chamber of Commerce Membership.



FEDA Sponsers Candidate Forum

Thu, Oct 23 | 7:00 PM

With election time nearing, the Sondheim becomes the backdrop for a pair of forums featuring candidates for county and state offices at 7 p.m. Incumbent Democratic Iowa State Rep. Curt Hanson will share the stage with Republican challenger Jeff Shipley, both vying for the Iowa House District 82 seat.
Then, the spotlight will turn to incumbent Republican Jefferson County Supervisor Dick Reed and his independent challenger Jack Finn, both are seeking a spot on the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors at 8 p.m.
The audience will have a chance to submit questions to the candidates, which will be read by moderator Andy Hallman, news editor of The Fairfield Ledger.

Jul 17 2012 Don’t Miss the FEDA Sponsored Golf Outing


Jul 04 2012 Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!

Fairfield’s annual fireworks show will be at Bonnifield Lake tonight at dark!