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WCEDC Administers Third Veteran Owned Business Grant

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Today WCEDC administered the third Veteran Incentive Grant to Eric Moorman with his new business, Backroad Brewery, in Carlisle. This $1,000 grant will allow Backroad Brewery to expand their operation by purchasing 17 new kegs for a major increase in production. This will be the first brewery in Warren County and we could not be happier to have them here! Backroad Brewery is currently brewing Mudslinger…

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Windsor Windows Coming to Norwalk

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Windsor Windows & Doors Building New Facility in Norwalk, Iowa

Norwalk, Iowa, May 19, 2017 – Norwalk City Council has approved a development agreement with Windsor Windows & Doors, a leading brand of residential windows and patio doors. The company plans to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Norwalk, Iowa on Highway 28…

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Carlisle Economic Development Bus Tour Begins May 16th

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Interested in seeing what development opportunities are available in Carlisle? Make sure to attend the upcoming Economic Development Bus Tour!

On Tuesday, May16th from 11AM-2PM, WCEDC and the City of Carlisle will be hosting an economic development bus tour of the City of Carlisle. We will be showing off the growth opportunities that Carlisle has to offer to our metropolitan area real estate…

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Third Annual Grant Contest Awards Small Businesses

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Author: Brennan Ginder
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On March 30, 2017, Warren County Economic Development Corp. hosted its 3rd Annual Small Business Grant Contest at Simpson College. It was an evening of healthy competition, new friends, and possible business alliances as three start-up business finalists and three existing businesses finalists presented their business pitches and ideas to a panel of judges. The start-up businesses were…

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2017 Grant Contest Finalists Announced

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Grant Contest Finalists Announced

Warren County Economic Development Corp.’s third annual Warren County Small Business Grant contest is drawing to a close. Thank you to all who applied! The finalists in the start-up business category are: Nixen Caliber LLC, SF Services, and The Iowa Market. The finalists from the existing business category are: Aronson Woodworks, Eco Blast, LLC, and McCoy…

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City of Indianola Releases New Marketing Video

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Author: Brennan Ginder
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The City of Indianola has created a new marketing video highlighting the importance of economic development for Indianola. WCEDC is always proud to work with our dedicated city staff and talented companies that serve our communities.

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Microsoft Data Center in Warren County

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Microsoft recently purchased 200 acres of land, 160 of which will be in Warren County. The projected building structures are estimated to cover an area of 1.7 million square feet, making this new facility Microsoft’s largest data center in the United States. The total employment is estimated at 133 persons, and dozens of construction jobs will be created in the interim construction phases. Phases…

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Governor Branstad Visits Norwalk

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Author: Brennan Ginder
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On Friday, April 29, 2016, Warren County Economic Development was honored to host Iowa Governor Terry Branstad during a visit to Warren County where he toured the facilities of Des Moines Truck Brokers and Capital City Fruit in Norwalk. A big thank you to Governor Branstad for taking the time to visit two of our top companies in Warren County last week. Capital City Fruit and Des Moines Truck Brokers…

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Vote YES Today Warren County

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Author: Brennan Ginder
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Vote YES Today! An important vote is before voters throughout Warren County today (March 1st, 2016). Citizens have the opportunity to vote on a 1% local option sales tax that could result in $2,864,323.00 of revenue for the entire county. The following is a summary of how each community plans to utilize funding, if passed:

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Second Annual Grant Contest Awards Small Businesses

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Author: Hollie Askey
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Small Business Grant Contest

A total of $9,000 was awarded at our second Warren County Small Business Grant Contest. The contest began with over 20 applicants that were narrowed down to three finalists in two categories: Existing Business and Start-Up Business. Finalists presented their business idea to a panel of judges at a special event held at Simpson…

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Grant Contest Finalists Announced

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Grant Contest Finalists Announced

Warren County Economic Development Corp.’s second annual Warren County Small Business Grant contest is drawing to a close. Thank you to all who applied! The finalists in the start-up business category are: Family Tree Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, O’ Brien Law, PLC, and Promark Glass, LLC. The finalists from the existing business category are: The Iowa…

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Business Grant Contest Underway

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Business Grant Contest Underway

Warren County Economic Development Corp.’s second annual Warren County Small Business Grant contest is underway. Now through September 14th existing small businesses and start-up businesses in Warren County are encouraged to enter at http://tinyurl.com/2015GrantContest.

Three finalists in each category…

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WCEDC Names Executive Director

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Warren County Names Executive Director

Warren County Economic Development Corp. is pleased to announce that, after serving three months as Interim Director, Hollie Askey has been named the new Executive Director. Askey served as the organization's Director of Operations since 2011. 

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Warren County Excellence in Business Awards Event

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Excellence in Business Warren County Awards Event

Help us determine the winners of the 2015 Warren County Excellence in Business Awards Event. Vote until Midnight Sunday, April 5th at: 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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Produce Innovations Awarded for Impact

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Loffredo Fresh Produce opened their new company facility, ‘Produce Innovations’, earlier this month.  The company was honored for this project by the Greater Des Moines Partnership at their ‘Celebrate Business’ awards this week.  The Greater Des Moines Partnership recognized Produce Innovations for their economic impact to the region, citing the 180 jobs and $8 million capital investment for their…

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Grocery Store Opening in Carlisle

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Author: Rachel Gocken
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Join us for the Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of Fareway Food Store In Carlisle, Iowa on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. The ribbon cutting cerempny will be held at 9:30 a.m followed by tours and the offical opening of the store for business at 10:00 a.m. Come and meet the new employees, enjoy delicious samples,…

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Warren County Employers Asked About Their Workforce Needs

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Warren County Employers Asked About Their Workforce Needs

The Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC) is encouraging employers to complete the 2014 Workforce Needs Assessment Survey being conducted by the Iowa Workforce…

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Norwalk Annexes Land For Industrial Development

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NORWALK ANNEXES LAND FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT 

Motivated in large part by the community’s need for industrial land, the City of Norwalk has formally annexed 50+ acres of land on the community’s southern edge into the City’s incorporated limits.

The property is known locally as the Ancell-Knox property, but represented by real estate brokerage firm Peoples Company. 

The…

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Grants Awarded to Warren County Businesses

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Author: Hollie Askey
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Small Business Grant Contest

A total of $9,000 was awarded at our first Warren County Small Business Grant Contest this month. The contest began with 28 applicants that were narrowed down to three finalists in two categories: Existing Business and Start-Up Business. Finalists presented their business idea to a panel of judges at a special event held at

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Grant Finalists Announced!

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Author: Rachel Gocken
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Finalists announced for the Warren County Small Business Grant Contest!

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Warren County Begins Laborshed Calls

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Author: Jason White
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The Warren County Economic Development Corporation is working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Warren County area.  This study will examine the labor force from which Warren County area employers draw their employees, and will be based upon in-commuting patterns. The study will assist existing and potential businesses to…

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Loffredo Produce Planning a Move to Norwalk

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A longtime fixture in the Greater Des Moines produce business plans a $6 million manufacturing facility for Norwalk that will employ 165 people when it is completed, with a potential for 250 workers.

Loffredo Fresh Produce Inc. CEO Gene Loffredo discussed the project at a special City Council meeting Monday.

The council was called into a special meeting to consider an amendment to…

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INITIAL AGREEMENT: Norwalk In Line For Major Job Boost

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A major development that could bring over a hundred jobs moved one step closer to becoming a reality in Norwalk, Monday.

The Norwalk City Council entered into an initial agreement with Loffredo Fresh Produce to build a $5-$7 million facility in town.

Once completed, it would employ at least 165 people when it opens and could eventually employ 250 people, Norwalk Mayor Doug Pierce…

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