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MWP in the news — Feb 26, 2014
Chad Schreck, Executive Director of Midwest Partnership, recently sat sat with Mike Libbie, of Insight on Business. To hear what they talked about, click HERE.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced that Greene County has earned the designation as the first Home Base Iowa community.
Branstad and Reynolds plan to be in Jefferson at the AAI Showroom from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, for a ceremony introducing the program to the county.
Greene County officials, led by Home State Bank President Sid Jones and Greene County Development Corporation Executive Director Ken Paxton, have worked closely with the governor's office on the initiative to recruit returning military veterans to Iowa.
"Since we launched the bipartisan Home Base Iowa veterans jobs plan, Greene County has made it clear that the community stands ready to welcome service members and match them with good, high-paying jobs," Branstad said. "I commend the entire Greene County community for their work and look forward to being there in March to celebrate the achievement."
Paxton and Greene County business leaders are organizing veterans and workforce delegations to greet Branstad and Reynolds and other state officials associated with Home Base Iowa.
"When Governor Branstad and I launched the Home Base Iowa initiative to attract service members with their unique skillsets to Iowa, Greene County was there standing ready to adopt measures to become a Home Base Iowa Community," Reynolds said. "I look forward to joining Greene County leaders, business and citizens to announce the exciting designation."
The governor rolled out the overarching plan last fall at Camp Dodge in an event attended by Greene County leaders. In a follow-up news conference at the State Capitol, where has was joined by Paxton, Branstad described how cities and counties and businesses can earn designations as veteran friendly through jobs and housing programs, as well as other efforts.
A White House report says each year the military separates between 240,000 and 360,000 service members - and that the services are "expected to separate a million service members over the next several years."
Branstad said Iowans have a responsibility to those veterans - professionals who also have the training to make enormous contributions in the state.
"We want veterans to know that Iowans can provide them with not just a job, but a career in a caring welcoming community," Branstad said.
Branstad will detail resources and programs involved with Home Base Iowa during the Greene County event.
In Greene County, a countywide Veterans Jobs and Career Task Force led by a number of businesspeople and former military veterans has been meeting for about four months to leverage elements of the developing state plan. The goal: recruit veterans and their families for more than 1,000 jobs Greene County officials expect will be available in the next three to five years. -www.carrollspaper.com
After a rigorous training and application process, it was announced Thursday, February 6, by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, that Guthrie Center in Guthrie County was named one of three new Main Street Iowa communities, along with Avoca and Newton. Main Street communities are designated after demonstrating the ability to work together and develop a strategic plan to further strengthen and create opportunities in their cities. Each community receives approximately 40 days on on-site training and technical assistance as well as 30 days of training for volunteers and local staff for the first three years of their designation. The state of Iowa's total investment for each Main Street community is $120,000 over the first three years and $10,000 in technical assistance and continued training annually. Read more in this news release from Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Please join the leaders from throughout Audubon, Adair, Guthrie & Greene counties as we come together to create our strategic plan for encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship. Tuesday, February 11th, 1pm-5pm at John 15 Vineyard- 343 180th St, Scranton. Your input is critical!
Stories of expansions, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities were plentiful at the 2014 Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation (EDC) annual meeting held January 23 at Lake Panorama National Conference Center in Panora, Iowa. The regional group, which includes Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties, presented its 2013 results to more than 120 attendees present at the annual dinner event.
Economic Development Spurs Growth
Midwest Partnership EDC works with existing businesses and prospects to create jobs and expand industry and facilitated significant growth in 2013. Success stories noted included:
• AgriDrain Corporation, Adair, was named the “Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur of the Month” in February and was the first stop on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Manufacturing Week Tour of businesses.
• Scranton Manufacturing, Scranton, announced an expansion of 56,000 square feet that will allow the increased throughput and the addition of up to 75 employees to its existing workforce of 180.
• Bauer Built, Paton, sold their business to John Deere Manufacturing, who will maintain operations in Greene County, securing 150 jobs. Owner Vaughn Bauer began work on a new business in Paton, expecting to create 30-40 jobs.
• Puck Custom Enterprises, Audubon County, began construction on a 30,000 square foot addition and was honored by Des Moines Area Community College with the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award.
• AMVC, Audubon, began construction on a new vet supply distribution center that will create 10 new jobs.
Community Development Creates Job Opportunities
In addition to economic development, Midwest Partnership also collaborates on community development and tourism projects in the region.
• Whiterock Conservancy in Guthrie County was awarded a $400,000 Community Attraction & Tourism Grant from the state of Iowa for the overall $4.22 million construction of and improvement for 35 miles of trails.
• A countywide referendum for a casino in Greene County passed with the highest vote percentage in Iowa history with more than 75 percent in favor.
• The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield was one of only 10 sites to receive the 2013 National Preservation Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
• Midwest Partnership EDC has established a five-year partnership for a regional entrepreneurship development project, made possible by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and two programs of UNI’s Business & Community Services. MyEntre.Net & The Institute of Decision Making.
New Officers Installed
A volunteer board oversees Midwest Partnership and is made up of member representatives of each county in the region. Sid Jones of Home State Bank, Jefferson, IA, (Greene County) handed off the President’s responsibilities to Warren Varley, Varley Law Firm, Stuart, IA, (Guthrie County). New executive board members include:
President Warren Varley, Varley Law Firm, Stuart, IA, Guthrie County
Vice President Brett Irlmeier, Audubon State Bank, Audubon, IA, Audubon County
Treasurer John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association, Panora, IA, Guthrie County
ABOUT MIDWEST PARTNERSHIP
Midwest Partnership EDC represents Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties in Iowa and is the region’s leading facilitator for the retention, expansion and attraction of business to create jobs and grow the tax base. For more information, visit midwestpartnership.com, email email@example.com or call (515) 523-1262.
Superstition in the 19th century typically would have prevented a furniture maker from building and displaying a coffin specifically for his showroom. It seems that folks back then thought if you build one, someone would surely wind up in it. But when Robby Pederesen, the Jefferson furniture maker who adheres to the techniques, tools and finishes of the 1870s, waned a coffin for his own showroom, he did something presumably would have freaked the muttonchops right off even the most hardened veteran of Antietam. He measured himself. And you know what? Working daily in the shadow of his own coffin, Pedersen's RVP~1875 historical furniture shop is thriving.
Pedersen, 43, recently signed off on his 820th career piece. "Lots of dining room tables come out of here," he explained one recent morning as a fire crackled and popped inside his hearth's shop.
The shop is coming off a banner year- having produced 82 pieces and nabbing the state of Iowa's 2013 outstanding tourism business award in October- but it looks like history will repeat itself in 2014.
Just 30 days into the new year, Pedersen already is only four orders away from being booked with work through Christmas. "This is the farthest out we've been," Pedersen said.
That's also merely keeping with historical accuracy. In 1875, he said, the average furniture maker had a waiting list of at least six months.
The first weekend in February RVP~1875 will host the first in a series of three-day workshops this years at a cost of $250 for beginners to learn about the trade. By Sunday, students will have built their own piece of furniture. Additional workshops are scheduled for March 7-9 and September 26-28.
When Pedersen set up shop nearly six years ago in the old Milligan Lumber, Grain and Coal building just off the Square, conventional wisdom suggested that his business model had about as much of a chance at succeeding as an infant born on the prairie during a cholera outbreak.
"Everybody said "If you're going to make a living t it you're going to have to use power tools,'" he said. Instead, he is now arguably the only shop in the nations- possibly the world- that turns out period furniture the way it would have been done in the 1800s, and produces enough of it to be self-sustaining. "We've got a business model that proves it can be done," he said.
The more than 400 hand planes lining Pedersen's shelves is a good indicator that RVP~1875 is a cut above similar-minded shops. The 19th century woodworking tools in his shop- including the Barnes Velocipede saw, a 140 year old, leg-powered, bicycle-like contraption- aren't just for show, despite their advanced age. The finishes also are a recipe of his own. He boils walnut husks for the dye, adding tints of raspberries, onion skins, and other goodies, but how much he uses remains a fiercely guarded secret.
His wife and business partner, Angie Pedersen, doesn't even know.
The whole endeavor makes for something totally unique to Jefferson- hence the Iowa Tourism Office's recognition last fall of RVP~1875 and the adjoining History Boy Theatre Company as a top draw for visitors to the Hawkeye State.
A 1989 graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School, Pedersen spent ten years as a historical interpreter at Living History Farms near Des Moines before setting out on his own with RVP~1875, which was initially located in Story City. "We needed to pick our permanent home," he explained. "We did a national search and got offers from all over the country." The list was whittled down to three well-established tourist destinations, including Galena, IL., all of which were offering lifetime lease incentive. "I came home to talk to my parents about my options," Pedersen recalls. "I don't even know why, but I came up and looked at this building. I just fell in love with it. It had everything I would ever need. Jefferson wasn't even on my radar. Now it feels right. It made sense to come home."
His hometown of Jefferson makes it possible, he believes, to be a true production shop.
Today Pedersen has shipped his furniture to places as far away as Finland and Australia.
Like Iowa's settlers, Pedersen has staked one of the first claims of its kind in Greene County. But whether his settlement now goes the way of Jefferson or Angus remains to be seen. "we're here to start the tourism anchor. Hopefully, they utilize us," he says. - adapted from The Jefferson Herald
With the start of the new year, the residents of Exira are looking to a new leader, Mayor Brenda Bengard, who was elected to the position last fall.
Bengrd was a member of the Exira City Council for several years, winning the 2006 election and taking office in January of 2007. While she had never considered serving in a public position, and was asked to run for the Council eight years ago, Bengard says she enjoys the position and has learned a lot over the years.
"It is definitely a learning process and it isn't as easy as a person might think it is," she says.
One of the first issues on the plate when Bengard took office was the City's impending decision to leave the Audubon County Landfill Commission. "That issue alone was a huge learning curve," she said. Another area in which Bengard has gained a lot of knowledge is the budgeting process. "Budgeting for a city is very different from planning your own budget. The budget has to be put in place so far in advance and you don't know what expenses or emergencies might come up," she said.
Through her years of service to the Council, Bengard said she's proud of the clean up efforts that are going on throughout the city, starting with West Exira and moving east. She is also pleased with the renovation of City Hall. Being part of the decision to enter into a shared law enforcement agreement with Audubon County is also one of the major decisions Bengard has been involved with. "The agreement (with the County)is going well," she said. "We had to have police coverage and had to do something and this seemed like the right decision to make."
With her taking over the seat of Mayor, Bengard says the learning curve will continue. "It will be different going to a non-voting position, versus being an active member of the City Council. I will be in more of a guidance role, versus a decision making role," she stated. "Being more familiar with every item on the agenda and having more knowledge of the issues on our agendas will be different too."
One of the things Bengard hopes to accomplish as Mayor is to get a ten year plan in place. "I'd like to get a ten year plan that moves and guides the community forward, put into effect," she said. Having an effective and balanced budget will be another one of the issues Bengard and her council will work on. "Budgeting in any small entity is a challenge," she said. "The streets and sewers are old, but getting funding is difficult, and that is something all small towns face. There are grants available but most require matching funds, and coming up with those is an issue."
Bengard invites the residents of Exira to attend the Council meetings, held on the second Monday of each month and says she is always available to talk. "The Clerk;s office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 and I can always meet with anyone who has a concern or opinion. If people don't speak up about their concerns, we don't know what they want or how we can help. Call the Clerk;s office and we can set up a one on one meeting, or you're always welcome to come to a meeting and talk to all of us."
Bengard has been married to husband Jed for 37 years. They have two children, Tim, who works at Quality Machine in Audubon, and Amy, who works at Quakerdale in Manning. Daughter-in-law Amy is employed by Community Insurance and she has "one wonderful grandson", Gavin. She is a graduate of Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll and has been a resident of Exira for 35 years. She has been an employee of the Exira Community Schools, Exira Care Center and DeLong's Manufacturing. -Audubon County Advocate Journal
The Audubon Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet and awards ceremony on January 4. During the evening awards were presented, including Citizen of the Year, Junior Citizen of the Year and Community Service Award. Members of the Audubon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were also introduced and those retiring from the Board were honored. The evening also included entertainment, a catered dinner and an auction.
Roger Malmberg, beloved former science teacher in the Audubon School District, was named Citizen of the Year, Malmberg was stunned as he accepted the award, surrounded by his wife Judy and members of his family. Pat Curtis, last year's Citizen of the Year, presented Malmberg with the award.
The Junior Citizen of the Year award was presented to two outstanding individuals, Maddie Christensen and Megan Deist.
Christensen is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Senate, holding offices in both organizations. She is a member of the high school band, choir and speech and drama departments, receiving numerous state honors and recommendations throughout her four years of participation. She was named Missouri Valley Junior Recreational Tennis Player of the Year and has been a four year member of the AHS tennis team. She is an honor roll student and has over 60 hours of community service logged in the Silver Cord program. She is a tutor, directs Summer Rec Youth Theatre, coaches Summer Rec Youth Tennis, volunteers with Caring and Sharing, spends weeks at a time in the Lincoln, Nebraska homeless shelter, entertains residents at the Friendship Home and the list goes on.
Deist is a four-year member of the AHS track and cross country teams and a three year state cross country qualifier. She is also a member of the AHS band and chorus, earning numerous awards and honors over the past four years. She is an honor roll student who has served as class officer, and student senate officer, was a member of the Homecoming Court and a member of the dance team. She is active in church and community services and plans to attend the University of Iowa upon graduation to major in Theatre and Journalism/Mass Communications.
The Special Community Appreciation award for 2013 was presented to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. In 2013, ACMH was presented with a number of awards and commendations. In March they were named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, by Health Strong. In April they were named as Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals on a patient perspective basis. They were named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the great 100 hospitals dedicated to quality care and community service. Hospitals rated on this scale have less than 550 beds, with minimal teaching programs and are usually located in rural areas. They were also presented the Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey. Fewer than 5% of all Press Ganey clients reach this threshold and maintain it for the one-year reporting period. Press Ganey partners with 10,000 facilities, or more than half the hospitals in the U.S.
Kate Whitehead, who presented the award to the administrator, Tom Smith, and his staff said "I just want to say that having dealt with ACMH staff both as fellow professional and a patient that we are extremely fortune to have this high level of expertise in this community. Because of the high level of dedicated professional staff and competent administration, we have a state of the art facility to meet our health care needs that in many ways surpasses the care and compassion we see in the cities, and are very financially sound."
The 2014 Board of Directors President Dave Witt served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. He also presenting retiring Board members Trish Nielsen, Kay Whitehead, Tom Hansen and Amy Emlquist with Certificates of Appreciation for their duties. New Board members for 2014 were also introduced and include Shane Lange, Ashley VanAernam, Ann Wood-Randeris and Vicky Robinson. -Audubon County Advocate Journal
The Entrepreneurship Event scheduled for Jan. 10th is now rescheduled to January 21st. We will be updating website for more information soon.
GUY POWELL AWARD
Recognizing excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the
Midwest Partnership Development Corporation region.
Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation and active volunteer on the board of many other area organizations, was passionate about local and regional economic development. He was a strong believer in the region’s potential. In recognition of his life-long dedication, commitment, and service, the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation has created the Guy Powell Award.
Businesses and individuals who are members in Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals who stand out as outstanding leaders in this area of west central Iowa, and who work to make it a more economically vital place to live, work, and play.
Those submitting nominations should consider:
Information to include in the nomination is as follows:
o Name & Address of the Nominee (Person, group or business being nominated.)
o Name, Address & Phone Number of the Nominator (Person completing the nomination.)
o A brief statement (500 words or less) on how the nominee has made an impact on their local community and/or region through volunteer service.
The deadline to submit nominations is January 17th, 2013. Mail or e-mail nomination form to:
Monica Cateron, Office Manager
Midwest Partnership Development Corporation
P.O. Box 537
Stuart, IA firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa Department of Revenue has issued its Assessment Limitations Order, or "rollback," on property values in Iowa. The Order adjusts the property values used by local governments to compute property taxes for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial property.
While the Department issues an Assessment Limitations Order each year, this year's Order is notable in that it implements the first phase of Governor Terry Branstad's 2013 Commercial Property Tax Reform package, 2013 Iowa Acts Senate File 295.
Prior to the 2013 legislation, state law allowed no more than a four percent increase from year to year in the taxable values for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial property classifications. Effective with the 2013 Assessment Limitations Order, the increase in taxable values for the agricultural and residential property classifications is limited to three percent. Additionally, the 2013 law removed the assessment limitation for commercial, industrial, and railroad properties and replaced it with a five percent reduction in the taxable value, from 100 percent to 95 percent. In 2014, the taxable value will be reduced another five percent, from 95 percent to 90 percent.
The 2013 Order sets forth the following taxable values:
* The taxable value for residential property is 54.4002% of the assessed value. This is an increase from the 2012 level of 52.8166 %. Residential property includes farm dwellings.
* The taxable value for agricultural property is 43.3997% of the assessed value. This is a decrease from the 2012 level of 59.9334%.
* The taxable value for commercial, industrial and railroad properties is 95% of the assessed value. This is a decrease from the 2012 level of 100%.
* No adjustment was ordered for utility property because its assessed value did not increase enough to qualify for reduction. Utility property is limited to an 8% annual growth.
County auditors will apply the adjustments to each property classification to compute the taxable values used to establish property taxes. Tax liabilities based on the 2013 taxable values are payable in fiscal year 2014-15 and will not be determined until local taxing bodies establish their property tax needs early next year.
Additional information about the property tax rollback is available on the department's website at: http://www.state.ia.us/tax/locgov/propequalroll.html
Forrest (Brick) Schnobrich, of Casey, was included in a new photographic exhibit honoring notable Iowa veterans. The exhibit is at the Iowa Gold Start Military Museum located on Camp Dodge in Johnston.
Spec. 4 Forrect "Brick" Paul Schnobrich was born November 22, 1942, in Avery. He graduated from Adair-Casey Community School in 1961. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education at Northwest Missouri State (1965) in Maryville, MO., before teaching and coaching at Atlantic (Iowa) High School and North English High School.
Schnobrich then joined the U.S. Army. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, OK,he was deployed to Dong Ha, Vietnam, in a fire direction center and later within the battalion operation center.
"I joined the military to serve my country," Schnobrich said. "My father served in WWII and I thought it was my duty to serve also. My great-grandfather fought on the Union side in the Civil War."
He re-deployed stateside, where he served as a processing clerk at Fort Carson, CO. He was discharged from the Army in 1970 as a Specialist.
Hi military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with three stars), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with device "1960"), and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm).
The Iowa Gold Military Museum is open to the public and admission is free. -The Adair News
West Central Cooperative is among the top 50 agricultural cooperatives in the United States, according to the USDA's annual "Top 100 Cooperatives" ranking. Ranked at No. 41, West Central was recognized as the second largest "gainer" on the list based on growth in revenue and assets by the United States Department of Agriculture.
A diversified portfolio of grain receipts, agronomy products and services, livestock feed as well as national and international SoyPLUS/SoyChlor dairy feed product sales contributed to the company's 50 percent revenue growth. From 2011 to 2012, West Central's annual revenues increased by more than $250 million.
"West Central is proud of our Top 100 Cooperative ranking because it highlights our customers' choice to do business with a diversified agriculture retailer," said Jeff Stroburg, President and CEO at West Central Cooperative. "At West Central, we continually add value to our members' crops by transforming them into products that are worth more in the local and world marketplaces."
The Ralston-based cooperative has more than 25 locations in 12 counties (with locations in Jefferson, Scranton and Paton) and more than 3,000 stockholders nationwide. "We offer a leading investment opportunity and a unique record of consistently allocating the maximum patronage-based earnings back to our stock-holders," added Stroburg.
The USDA publishes its Top 100 Largest Agriculture Cooperatives list annually, reflecting the sales accomplishments of these organizations for the previous year. Sixteen Iowa cooperatives were included on this year's list.
Established in 1933, West Central is a leading grain, agronomy, and value-added processing entity. With headquarters in Ralston, Iowa, this member-owned cooperative boasts a national and international agricultural presence. -The Jefferson Herald
The citizens of the community of Rippey celebrated the completion of the building of the community room and the renovation of the former Masonic Lodge building into the Rippey Library with an open house held on November 3.
This has been a lengthy and arduous process supported by many. The list includes Rippeyites living away from the community and the efforts of the Friends of Rippey, the Rippey Library Board of Trustees, along with the mayor and city council members.
The Friends of Rippey, a not-for-profit group of volunteers, was formed in June of 2001. The group was formed "to develop and encourage educational, social and recreation facilities in Rippey." The original officers and board members who continue from the 2001 formation include Velda DeMoss, President; Mary Weaver, Vice President; Mary Hick, Secretary; Sharon Uhlrich, Treasurer, and Directors Jean Borgerson, Ned Johnston and Roger Norgren.
Activities completed by the Friends of Rippey have included: establishment of the Rippey News website; securing funding from Humanities Iowa for "Henry Wallace comes to Rippey"; an evening meal and bus trip to Des Moines to view the Christmas lights; purchase and erection of two "Welcome to Rippey" signs on Highway 144 at the north and south entrances of the town; painting of the shelter house at the city park; erection of playground equipment at the Osborn Park; placement of decorative flags on Main Street; building and filling of seasonal planters, and a bus trip during a snow storm to see a play at Hoyt Sherman Theater.
Fundraising for those projects included publishing two cookbooks, selling note cards with Various Rippey scenes, numerous breakfasts, a garden tour, and selling t shirts.
Funds were generated in 2006 from the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce to clean debris and apply crushed rock on the portion of the Galloping Goose Trail recreational trail within the town. The cleaning was done with the help of local 4-H clubs.
Friends of Rippey, when formed, initially expressed a desire to improve the community library and to build a community center, but it was not until September of 2009 when the People's Trust and Savings Bank provided the financing impetus to implement that vision that this became possible. The bank provided funds of $45,000 and two buildings. Following exploration and intensive discussion, it was determined to raze the two buildings and begin building a new library and community room.
In 2010, the Rippey Masonic Lodge chose to disband and to give up their building to the City of Rippey. Plans were developed, which included razing of the former Squeak's cafe, the building was converted into a library, with the social room of the building expanded into a 1,400 square foot community room.
(Rippey is) proud of the new kitchen as it is spacious with a new sink, plumbing, cabinets, and appliances. There is a large serving window for returning dishes. The cabinet levels and door width were rebuilt to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The appliances were purchased with assistance of the Greene County Community Foundation.
The bathrooms, which are shared with the Rippey Library, have been enlarged to include handicapped stalls to accommodate persons using wheelchairs.
A new entrance was completed at the alley for the community room that includes an overhang for ease in unloading people as well as equipment. The room will now accommodate more than 100 people, and through a grant from the Green County Community Foundation and donations, newly purchased round tables and very comfortable chairs are now a part of the room.
The floors throughout the building are now "poured" and they will be easily maintained, Two new furnaces were installed including air conditioning. These, along with a new roof on the entire building, will provide efficient use of energy for the future.
This was truly a community effort with nearly 135 different individuals who have donated $80,000. Some of these were persons who graduates from Rippey High School, or funds were given in memory of former Rippey citizens. There were 19 Rippey and Greene County businesses that donated funds for the project.
The State of Iowa awarded Friends of Rippey Vision Iowa funding, along with funds generated from the Roy J. Carver Foundation, Trees Forever, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel Paints, Greene County Community Foundation, KCCI, and the Central Iowa Regional Library. The total cost of the project was $266,408.
The architectural firm for the project was FEH of Sioux City, Matt Basye, primary architect; construction completed by McConnell Custom Construction; electrical work was completed by Durlan Electric; materials were purchased from the Tri-County Lumber Mart, and razing of five buildings on the Rippey Main Street was done by Thorp Sawmill.
Interstate Chevrolet has announced the grand opening of their state-of-the-art facility at 324 Southwest 8th Street in Stuart. Their all-new service equipment is designed to meet the needs and expectations of their clientele, according to Jason Simpson, owner and manager of the company. The facility is also equipped with a full service automated car wash with integrated dryer that will be open to the public. To help celebrate the grand opening, during the month of November the car wash will be completely free of charge. The grand opening began November 1 and will continue through the end of the months.
A meet and greet open house is scheduled for Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 4 pm with refreshments, door prizes, local radio remote coverage and entertainment.
Sales and full service is available Monday through Saturday, 7 am to 7 pm. The downtown building, which had been leased until the new facility was completed, is now closed. All operations are being run from the new location. Simpson said the 15 employees of Interstate Chevrolet, most of them from the local area, are eager to provide prompt and efficient service to all customers.
After 83 years of being known as Morrison Chevrolet in Stuart, Interstate Chevrolet purchased the company with local management effective October 12, 2012. -The Stuart Herald
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