Accomplishments


 

Business Development

 

 - Worked with the City of Creston to create a tax abatement program for commercial property.

 - Established & Facilitate county-wide industrial enterprise zones.

 - Conduct Biennial Existing Industry Visitations to gain knowledge of trends to improve Union County business climate.

 - Took lead in reestablishing and financially supporting the Regional Small Business Development Center

 - Developed and sold several parcels of land in Creston Industrial Park.

 - Conduct Annual “Salute to Industry” Recognition with Creston Chamber of Commerce.

 - Conduct numerous Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Workshops.

 - Coordinated several existing industry expansions.

 - Designated as a MyEntreNet Region in 2007.

 - Conduct Biennial Laborshed & Skillshed analysis for workforce needs.

 - Attended “Sell Iowa” trips in Chicago, ILL, Cincinnati & Columbus, OH Markets.

 

 

Housing Development

 

 - Developed James Sub-Division – creating 54 critically needed residential lots in Creston.

 - Established & Facilitate housing Enterprise Zones.

 - Sponsored County-wide housing survey to initiate work to relieve the county’s housing shortage.

 - Conducted several educational seminars for first-time home buyers.

 - Partnered with High-School Tech Prep Carpentry Program.

 - Facilitated Enterprise Zone Benefits for Summit House Apartments, Creston Plaza Apartments II and Hotel Iowana.

– Attracted a housing developer to build a 50 unit condo development and a 8 unit duplex development.

– Established the Elm Street Corridor housing project that includes an infill housing development that consists of 4 affordable      housing units.

 - Participate in the Annual “Parade of Homes”. 


 

 

                 

Community Development

 

 - Supported efforts for a new Creston High School and Southern Prairie YMCA (Area Arts and Wellness Center).

 - Helped create the Greater Regional Health Care Foundation.

 - Helped create the Philanthropic Youth Pod (YACC)

 - Created the High Lakes Leadership Initiative.

 - Hosted Opening Retreat for Leadership Iowa (Oct. 2007)

 - Facilitated Creston Restored Depot Beautification Project. Improving Formal Garden, Community Message sign and Decorative Fence.