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.
Recent Des Moines Area Rankings
One of the biggest national rankings the Des Moines area has received so far this year was actually right here in Dallas County. Dallas County, Iowa was named the 7th fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Iowa. Dallas County showed a five percent increase in population, according to U.S. census results.
Des Moines also received the following rankings:
- #2 in “Best Cities for Jobs” – Forbes, March 2012
- #10 in “Most Educated Young Workforce” – The Business Journals, May 2012
- #2 in Strongest Local Economy – Tech Journal, June 2012
- Des Moines – West Des Moines #2 in “Best Cities for Jobs this Summer” – Forbes, June 2012
- #4 in “Best Places for Business and Careers” – Forbes, June 2012
All of these rankings show that the Des Moines area is growing rapidly and that the workforce and job market in the central Iowa is continuing to grow as well. The area is attracting young, educated professionals who want to take advantage of the jobs here, and the lower cost of living.
The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance is very pleased and excited to announce the expansion of communications efforts that are rolling out this summer. Our new logo and branding is the cornerstone of this new plan, and we feel that this new design represents the Alliance’s objective of sustainable growth.
In addition to our new look, the Alliance is launching a blog, in an effort to educate as well as inform our communities and members. There is always something going on in the GDCDA office, and we’d like to share that. The best way to stay informed is to subscribe to this blog or RSS feed, which you can do here. (Link) Another great way to stay in the loop would be subscribing to our newsletter, which comes out monthly.
We would love to hear any comments, suggestions, or questions from our readers. Please do not hesitate to leave a note on a post or contact us directly. The Alliance team is excited to begin this blog and have another opportunity to connect and share the great things that are happening in Dallas County, Iowa.