Website Redesign Launch
The Alliance is excited to roll out the latest redesign of our website! It features our new logo and branding, which makes for a much different look than our previous site. The content of the site is very similar to our previous site, so all the helpful information you need is still at your fingertips.
One of the new features of the site is the rotating banner on the homepage, which will feature the cities we serve, our members, and Dallas County as a whole. We have another banner towards the bottom of the page that features the companies who support us at board level. Click on the logos to find out more about them and their business in the Dallas County area.
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The Alliance has been working to certify two sites in Dallas County through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The sites include the Dexter West Metro Interstate and Rail Business Park, located to the southeast of Dexter, and the Van Meter South Mega Park , which is south of Van Meter.
Both sites are in phase two of the approval process, with Dexter being considered for the super site (500 acre) status, and Van Meter being considered for the large site (250 acre) status. The Alliance is currently working through a 20-page application for each site.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority uses these certified sites to market economic growth in Iowa. The approved sites are marketed to site selectors, in order to stay competitive in the market nationally. This helps to present to site selectors what Iowa has to offer and show the opportunities found in the state. Certified sites reduce the risk of the unknown for site selectors, and help the overall development process.
EPA Sustainability Sessions
Dallas Center, Woodward, and Van Meter all have received funding through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. This assistance will be provided to these communities through educational sessions. There were 56 communities selected to receive this assistance across the nation.
An overall session for all three communities will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9am in Dallas Center, at Memorial Hall. There will then be a lunch provided by the communities prior to the afternoon session. Dallas Center will then begin their afternoon session at 1:30pm in Memorial Hall.
Woodward will hold their session at 9am on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Van Meter will hold theirs at 1:30pm. Locations are yet to be determined. Topics for each session will be determined by each community, but will include public policy, city ordinances, sustainable development and smart growth, and implementation strategies.
Perry Wins Environmental Excellence Award
The city of Perry was one of 12 local organizations honored by Governor Branstad on June 28 for excellence in environmental contributions. The Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards are the most prestigious environmental award in the state, and honors those with a commitment to Iowa’s natural resources.
Specifically, Perry focused on sustainability through infrastructure improvement projects. Overall, Perry has strived to create a community that meshes with its surrounding landscape, using a combination of both public and private funding. Projects under this focus have helped to increase energy efficiency, including the use of wind energy, has helped to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses. By using these technologies, Perry has proven to be an example for other communities who have the same goal of sustainability.