Certified Sites: Ortonville

UPDATE: 8/8/2013 Due to a major landowner’s decision not to participate, the Ortonville Business Park will not be moving forward with their site certification at this time. We will look to begin the process to certify again in January.

UPDATE: 6/21/2013 The Alliance has received notice that the Ortonville Business Park has been selected to move on to step two of the site certification process. We look forward to working with the City of Adel in determining next steps and moving forward with certification.

The Alliance recently submitted the Ortonville Business Park in Adel for the Certified Sites Program through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The site was submitted as a large site (250 acres), and our team will know soon if the site has been approved to continue on to step two of the Certified Sites process. Once we have been approved, the Alliance will be working closely with the City of Adel to determine next steps in pursuing this certification.

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.

Testimonial: Peoples Trust & Savings Bank

“Peoples Trust and Savings Bank supports and believes in the efforts of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance. Rod West, Vice President and Waukee Market President, serves on the Alliance’s Finance Committee as chair. Through involvement with this committee, as well as Board of Directors meetings, we are able to get engaged in the communities we serve. We feel that the Alliance is a great asset to our business, and look forward to future growth in Dallas County and the surrounding area.”

– Rod West, VP – Waukee Market President | Peoples Trust & Savings Bank
GDCDA Board of Directors Member and Finance Committee Chair


RRVT Grand Opening

Saturday, June 1st, the Raccoon River Valley Trail celebrated the Grand Opening of its north loop in Perry, IA. The addition of the north loop adds 33 miles to the trail, making the entire RRVT 89 miles in length. The addition was a 10-year, $8.5 million project. A crowd of 750-1,000 people came out for the grand opening festivities, which included a presentation of all the communities along the trail, commentary from Kevin Cooney of KCCI, photo opportunities with the RRVT mascot, and the announcement of various contest winners.

The trail travels through 14 communities, all of which were represented by a banner as well as the town’s mayor. The trail stretches across Dallas, Guthrie, and Greene counties. With an interior loop of 72 miles and total distance 0f 89, the Raccoon River Valley Trail is one of the longest trails in the nation. For more information go to http://raccoonrivervalleytrail.org/.


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