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, 2011.

Kuiken will assume the seat of Craig Foss, also of Foss, Kuiken, Gookin & Cochran.  Foss will retire at the end of the year from the FEDA Board after 18 years of service on the board, having been elected at the September 22, 1992 FEDA annual meeting and beginning his term in 1993.  He is the current FEDA Treasurer and serves on the organization’s Property and Budget committees.

To read entire media release click here.

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 mentoring services from EDC to qualifying Jefferson County entrepreneurs at a reduced cost.

All residents of Jefferson County are eligible to participate in the program who meets the following criteria. The business must be headquartered in the county, conduct interstate commerce and can demonstrate potential to create jobs and wealth in the county.

Funding is awarded up to $1,500 with a 25% match requirement by the applicant. A second round of funding is available and certain conditions apply to be eligible. There is a $50 application fee that must be submitted with the application.

EDC services available through Project Grow Our Own include:

  • Mentoring
  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Sales & Marketing – sales coaching, marketing plans, market research
  • Personnel—team development/hiring
  • Funding Services— venture capital access, equity raising, government resources
  • Executive / Leadership
  • Business Plan Writing
  • Road-Show Presentations
  • Manufacturing Operations or Production Analysis
  • Financial Review & Budgeting Process

For questions regarding Project Grow Our Own or to setup an intake session, contact Brent Willett or Sam Busch at 641-472-3436. More information is also available at GrowFairfield.com.

To read entire media release click here.

Sep 24 2010 FEDA 2010 Existing Business Initiative Report to the Community Released

FEDA has released a report summarizing the findings of the latest Fairfield Existing Business Initiative [FEBI], a committee-led outreach campaign of executive interviews and surveying of dozens of Fairfield employers, to the community. This report is the second iteration of the FEBI program, which was launched in 2008 in an effort by FEDA to better connect with existing Fairfield-area businesses, comes at a critical time for the community.

Data for the report was gathered through surveys sent to 35 Fairfield employers and through interviews with executives of 29 of the surveyed companies. The information was input and reports were generated via the eSynchronist economic development software FEDA has access to through a strategic regional relationship with the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission office. FEBI Committee members Pat Doyle, Craig Foss, Jodi Kerr, Lori Schaefer-Weaton and Dan Sullivan as well as FEDA staffers Willett and Samuel Busch carried out the interviewing over a three month period during the third quarter of 2010.

The report, which is available for download GrowFairfield.com or in printed form at the FEDA office at 204 Broadway in Fairfield, contains survey data including ownership/management changes, expansion plans, workforce issues, legislative issues, union activity, utility and community services satisfaction levels, community strengths and weaknesses as a place to do business and more.

Get the full-color report here.

To read the entire media release here.

FEDA member?  Don’t bother printing out a color version; one is on the way to your mailbox.

For any questions or concerns please contact Brent Willett or Sam Busch at (641) 472-3436

Aug 03 2010 Just Released – 2010 Fairfield Community Quick Reference

The recently updated 2010 Fairfield Community Quick Reference (CQR) was released on August 3rd. The CQR includes information on Fairfield’s Community & Culture, Recreation Facilities, Transportation, Education, Taxes & Incentives, Demographics and Local Government.
Click here to view and download your copy.

Read the media release here.

Aug 03 2010 FEDA Quarterly 2Q 2010 Now Available

The 2Q 2010 edition FEDA Quarterly was released on August 3rd. The newsletter includes articles on incentives for a hotel development project, FEDA entrepreneurial development program, updated 2010-11 Fairfield Community Quick Reference, Google Places and much more.

Click here to read newsletter.

Want it in your inbox? Email Sam Busch at sbusch@growfairfield.com to add your name to the email recipient list.

Jun 24 2010 Introducing Google Places

If you’re a local business owner and you want to take control of the information Google has or doesn’t have listed about your business on Google Search and Google Maps, then Google Placescan help you do just that. For simple and easy help getting started with Google Places and other useful tips click here.

Google Places provides business owners with powerful yet easy-to-use tools to help you reach existing and potential customers more effectively. Communicating with customers through Google Places and the key insights these tools provide, helps business owners to make more effective online business decisions. Check out Google’s blog here with more detailed info on the features of Google Places.

You can claim your business through Google Places as well as read and watch testimonials by clicking here. Some basic info about Google Places can be found hereGoogle Places has tons of features which enable business owners to verify and supplement their business information to include hours of operation, photos, videos, coupons, product offerings and more.

Jun 24 2010 NEW Fairfield Downtown Square Online Map

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has released a new online map with Chambers members located on the downtown square. The online map is an interactive tool to help orient community visitors to downtown Chamber member businesses.

You’ll find contact and product description information as well as operating hours and street views for each Chamber member business listed when available. This is just another great example of why Chamber membership pays!

Not located on the square? Still want to have your business show up or correctly listed in Google Search or Google Maps? Check out the Chamber blog, Introducing Google Places.

Checkout more information online about Google MapsGoogle Places and Chamber Membership.

Apr 12 2010 Available Building Profile – 237,000 sf. in Fairfield

Located at 1801 West Stone Ave, Fairfield, IA 52556 is and available for sale 237,000 sf. industrial facility that’s 100% leased on a 27 acres lot. The building has 20,000 sf. of office space with ample parking and an outside yard. The listing brochure is available here.

Other facility features include:
• 99% sprinklered (wet)
• 16′-25’clear ceiling height
• Column spacing: 30′ x 49′
• 5 dock-high and 7 grade-level doors
• Tilt-up concrete construction with 6″ reinforced concrete floors
• Heavy Power: 12.5 KV, 3 12.5 KV/480/227 V, 1500 KVA transformers

The facility is conveniently located just 1 mile north of the new four lane highway US34 that provides more direct access to I-35. Another four lane highway US218 is 20 miles west and to south 75 miles is located I-80. The Local airport has a 5,400′ runway, with commercial and air freight service offered at the Eastern Iowa Airport 90 miles from Fairfield.

If you have any questions about this property please contact Rick Govern at (319) 759-1408.

Have you been to our on-line property portfolio lately? You can find this property profile there and other available commercial properties in Fairfield.

Agri-Industrial Plastics Company receives state expansion incentives

Portions excerpted from an article appearing in the Fairfield Ledger.

Agri-Industrial Plastics Company has been awarded $36,000 and tax benefits to help expand, create and retain jobs. The award was approved by the Iowa Department of Economic Development Board and will create in Fairfield, five new jobs and retain seven jobs. The tax benefits were made from the Enterprise Zone program. A resolution supporting Agri-Industrial Plastics’ Enterprise Zone Application was approved in February, by the Jefferson County Enterprise Zone Commission.

Agri-Industrial Plastics’ request was for funding a machinery and equipment project. The project will add two machines totaling $8 million and create 16 new jobs. State Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield said, “I’m pleased the state is participating with us to create good-paying jobs in our community”. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and it’s essential that we provide support and assistance to help small businesses across Iowa grow.”

Fairfield Agri-Industrial Plastics Company, founded in 1978, is a complete fuel tank solution company serving the agricultural, construction lawn and garden, marine, motorcycle, snow mobile and watercraft industries. The expansion project, which is over $2.5 million, will increase the capacity and capabilities of their multi-layer fuel tank manufacturing lines.

Fairfield businesses accessing low-interest loan program

Eleven businesses in Jefferson County have accessed the Regional Economic Development Investments, Inc. revolving loan fund since its 1991 inception, far outpacing all other counties in the ten-county Area XV performance region in dollars accessed, other investment and jobs created, the Fairfield Economic Development Association said Friday. Since the revolving fund’s inception, Jefferson County businesses have accessed $1,196,200 in low-interest loan funds, matching it with over $9 million in additional investment. 511 jobs have been retained and/or created in Jefferson County as a result of the allocations.
To check out how Jefferson County compared to the other counties in the Southeast region click here.
To read entire media release click here.