Articles by Douglas Burns
 

Charles W. Fluharty, University of Iowa professor who is the CEO and president of Rural Policy Research Institute, addressed the annual meeting of Western Iowa Advantage (WIAD) at Schroeder Hall in Wall Lake, with the take away message of "the future of the nation is much more in the hands of rural Americans than urban centers." Read more »

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The U.S. 30 Coalition of Iowa brought a statewide group to Capitol with elected officials and business leaders coming from Carroll, Jefferson, Clinton, Missouri Valley, the Cedar Rapids area, DeWitt and Glidden. The mission: make the case for the full four-laning of Highway 30 across Iowa — the upgrading of 156.7 miles of two-lane federal roadway. Read more »

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The nonprofit associated with Wild Rose Jefferson Monday donated $900,354 to a host of causes and organizations in the region.

Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, the nonprofit that holds the casino license for Wild Rose Jefferson, made its first distributions within a wide geographic reach around Jefferson, including each contiguous county--Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie and Webster. The donated $900,354 represents a partial year of operation, as the casino has only been open for nine months. Read more »

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Wild Rose President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Timmons (right) and food and beverage manager Kay Adams (left) speak with the Jefferson Herald.

Tom Timmons, a familiar face in Jefferson and the veteran gaming industry professional who shepherded Wild Rose’s casino here from a long-shot prairie daydream to functioning, slot-ringing reality, is helming the property during a general-manager transition. Read more »

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Sen. Charles Grassley speaks to employees of Scranton Manufacturing during a visit to Scranton. Grassley also toured the plant, which makes New Way refuse haulers.

Following a walking look at the refuse-truck manufacturer’s sprawling Scranton complex, Vice President of Operations Jim Ober announced that the company posted a record month in March during a visit by Senatpr Grassley. Scranton Manufacturing will ship 102 vehicles. The highest number prior to that: 74. Read more »

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Since opening on July 13, the casino has averaged 12,500 casino-floor patrons a week, or about 25 percent more than Wild Rose Emmetsburg, a facility the gaming operator and its allies used for many comparisons during the Jefferson campaign. This success makes Wild Rose Jefferson the perfect location for the GCDC Annual Dinner. Read more »

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Wild Rose Jefferson General Manager Mike Couch (right) leads Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich (left) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Director Rod Roberts (center) on a tour of Wild Rose.

Wild Rose Jefferson’s initial monthly state filing shows that the casino pulled in $1.4 million in gaming revenue during its first half month of operations as 29,524 customers hit the gambling floor Read more »

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A proposed merger of West Central and Farmers Cooperative would build what West Central’s CEO says is the largest cooperative in Iowa — one that, based on reports from last fiscal year, could expect annual sales near $1.5 billion. Read more »

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Fireworks explode over the front entrance at Wild Rose Jefferson during a grand-opening celebration Friday night.

Wild Rose Jefferson’s grand opening last weekend drew 12,976 people through the casino-and-entertainment’s gaming floor — and even more to enjoy The Gambler himself, live and in the flesh, fireworks, food at a new restaurant, Coaches Corner, Las Vegas showgirls and plaudits from top casino executives, community leaders and state officials. Read more »

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Gov. Terry Branstad and Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, tell Daily Times Herald that they’ve been having conversations with Iowa ag businesspeople about possible ways the Hawkeye State could take advantage of the increasingly desperate water problem facing California, one of the nations’ biggest agricultural regions. Read more »

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Milan Kucerak (left), president and CEO of West Central, speaks with MIchael Niag, deputy secretary of the Iowa Deparment of Agriculture, during a press conference today in Ralston. West Central annou

During a news conference and public rollout at the 3,500-member cooperative’s headquarters near the Greene County/Carroll County line, Milan Kucerak, president and CEO of West Central, said the SoyPlus expansion would create demand for an additional 6 million bushels of soybeans annually and 11 jobs. The company plans to begin hiring immediately. Read more »

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Sarah Gomez, Executive Director

Gomez, 29, serves as the executive director of the Midwest Partnership, an economic-development collaborative that includes Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties. Read more »

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Dr. Tracey Wellendorf and Rebecca McCann, an advanced reigistered nurse practitioner, will be leading Wellendorf ENT's new clinic in Greenfield at the Adair County Health System.

Wellendorf ENT has clinics all over west-central Iowa (Carroll, Storm Lake, ida Grove, Lake City, Sac City, Jefferson and Atlantic) and now in Greenfield at the Adair County Health System. Read more »

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Greene County’s lead economic-development official says he’s getting at least a phone call a day from people seeking rental housing in Jefferson. Read more »

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (left) and Scranton Manufacturing President Michael McLaughlin examine some workmanship on a truck Tuesday.

Scranton Manufacturing, a family-owned business formed with farm boy pluck that’s growing with increasingly strong international reach, should “easily double” its local workforce in the next decade, company president Michael McLaughlin said. Read more »

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Jefferson and surrounding communities are producing the jobs—at a pace envied by most other rural Iowa reaches. But will there be enough place to live for the growing number of people who are interested in calling Greene County home? Read more »

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Janet Ady, veteran economic development professional and president and founder of Ady Voltedge, keynoted the Western Iowa Advantage annual banquet at the Templeton Community Center. She toured all eight of the regions counties, scouting available sites, meeting community leaders, and gaining insight of the region before offering advice during her presentation. Read more »

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U.S. Highway 30 Coalition of Iowa members traveled last week to the State Capitol armed with economic-development announcements and population data showing a growing corridor stretching across Iowa. Read more »

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The impressive list of new businesses coming to town, paired with the expansion plans of existing businesses has put Jefferson and Greene County in the economic development spotlight. Jefferson Matters: Main Street plans to draw attention to existing buildings in need of ownership to help revitalize downtown Jefferson. Tours of available buildings are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, April 16th and 18th. Read more »

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A Huxley-based property developer key in the reshaping of Ames’ residential stock in the last decade has announced plans to build 12 town homes and 16 to 32 apartment units in Jefferson near the water tower in the western part of the Greene County seat. Read more »

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