Sites of the Month:  Wieland Development Industrial/Commercial Property

Final Registration for the Tax Law Changes Lunch and Learn, Thursday, December 5th! 

Save the Date!  Thursday, January 16th, Wellness in the Workplace Lunch and Learn

Sixth Annual Career Fair Held

Free Mobile Computer Lab Available at BCEDC!

Iowa is #1 for Affordable Living

Regional Job Board: Find or Post a Job!

SBDC Visits Buchanan County

Hawkeye Community College Business Solutions at BCEDC Office 

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Wieland Development 
Industrial/Commercial Property

The 36-acre Wieland Development property is located next to an an existing industrial  development. All utilities are on site and the City of Winthrop has a history of utilizing Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) to encourage  business expansion. The site provides easy access to 4-lane, U.S. Highway 20. Winthrop is a very nice community with a K-12 school system, grocery store and gas station. 
To see this property and get contact information go to and click available sites or click HERE

Questions? Contact BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email

To see all available Buchanan County buildings click HERE 
To see all available Buchanan County development sites click HERE
or go to

Lunch and Learn:

Understanding Changes Coming to the 2020 Tax Laws

Last day to sign up is NOON, Tuesday, December 3rd!!!

A new year brings new changes to tax laws and it also brings confusion for many businesses dealing with these changes.  As a business or industry, are you wondering how these changes will affect you?  We can help!  The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) and BCEDC Investor Gosling & Company are offering a Lunch & Learn program on Understanding Changes in Tax Laws. Join us Thursday, December 5th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Independence American Legion Hall, 205 2nd St. NE.

The last couple of years have brought forth numerous tax changes for small business, including an overhaul of many Federal tax provisions, updates to the Iowa tax code, and potential changes for businesses selling out of state. Tax professionals Jacob Reuter and Jordon Pilcher from Gosling & Company, P.C. will discuss the impact of these changes on small businesses and their owners.  Presenters Jacob Reuter and Jordon Pilcher  will  help your business sort through this confusing subject matter.  Following their presentation, they will provide time for any questions you may have regarding the information that was discussed.

Last day to register for this Lunch and learn is NOON, Tuesday, December 3rd!

The Lunch and Learn free to BCEDC investors and $10 for non-investors to attend.  To register call George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email with the following information:
  1. Company Name
  2. Number attending
  3. Names of those attending
Payment options for the Lunch and Learn are as follows:
Pay at the door

Wellness in the Workplace
Lunch and Learn 

Thursday, January 16th

Details coming soon!

  Sixth Annual Buchanan County Career Fair Held
The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) recently wrapped up their sixth annual Career Fair.  There were 12 businesses seeking employees that participated in this most recent event.  A large variety of positions were available for job seekers from professional to skilled to general laborer positions.

Mitzi Tann of Bertch Cabinets has been a presence at all of the BCEDC Career Fairs, “We were able to find good quality candidates at this career fair with a solid employment background.  We recently started accepting online applications but attending this career fair allows us to have face to face interactions which provides valuable information on the potential employee you can’t necessarily get from an online application. Coming up with even just 3-4 quality candidates definitely makes it worth or investment of time and resources to attend the BCEDC Career Fair,” commented Tann.  The purpose of the BCED Career Fair is to help connect Buchanan County businesses and industries with job seekers throughout the Cedar Valley area.

Participating businesses were: B & D Services, Bertch Cabinets, Buchanan County Health Center, Full Circle Services,  Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Gosling & Company CPA, Manatt’s, Mid-Iowa Cooperative, Pries Enterprises, Superior Cleaning,  Wapsie Valley Creamery.  BCED partnered with Sedona Staffing, Hawkeye Community College and Iowa Works Workforce Development in putting on the Career Fair.  For a list of all Buchanan County Businesses and links to their hiring page click HERE or HERE for our Regional Job Site.

For more information on Buchanan County Economic Development visit or contact BCEDC Director George Lake by email at or phone 319-334-7497.


Free Mobile Computer Lab 

Have you ever wanted to hold a workshop for your employees but didn't have the computers to do it?  How about the non-profit organization that wants to assist their clients at a workshop, but doesn't have enough computers to help everyone?  Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) has the solution!

BCEDC has a mobile computer lab consisting of eight laptop computers that it will lend out to any business or non-profit entity. The laptops have both a charging cord and mouse available for each computer and the ability to wirelessly hook up to the internet.

So don't let the lack of computers stop you from holding that workshop or training!  Contact BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email to arrange for the use of these computers. 

Iowa is #1 for Affordable Living

According to that put together a list of the 10 Best States for the Middle class where Iowa took 3rd and ranked #1 in affordability.  Don't believe it?  Check out the Cost of Living Calculator that compares Living right here in Buchanan County and the Cedar Valley Region to about anywhere else in the US .

Another important aspect of the cost of living are the recreational opportunities offered. The cost of living that is too low can suggest that there is a lack of interest and development in a certain area. Iowa lands in the sweet spot, offering many great things to do at an affordable price compared to many other states.
Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Minnesota are among the top 10 of the Best States for the Middle Class report, published earlier this month by personal finance company SmartAsset. A single Northeastern state and a trio of Mountain states also ranked in the top 10.

Tennessee, the best state for the middle class south of the Mason-Dixon Line, ranked 12th overall, with South Carolina, the next closest, at 15th.

The report ranks individual states on median home value, homeownership rates, the percentage of households considered to be in the middle class within a given state, and median household income adjusted for local costs of living, among other factors.

Its authors found considerable variability in the strength of the middle class from state to state. In
Idaho and South Dakota, nearly half of all households are considered to be middle-income earners, which the report defines as households with incomes between $35,000 and $100,000. But in higher-earning states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, California, Maryland and Hawaii, fewer than 2 in 5 households are considered middle class.

Although the report's methodology differs from the U.S. News Best States rankings, several of the states that were strong performers according to SmartAsset were also among the best when U.S. News looked at factors such as employment and affordability.

Regional Job Site
Buchanan County Companies are Hiring!!
The Cedar Valley Regional Job Site is the place to go if you are listing a job or looking for one!

Live the Valley is the Regional website that includes Buchanan, Bremer, Chickasaw, Butler, Grundy and Black Hawk counties. w The job board  These are great numbers not only for those companies listing jobs on the site, but also for those job seekers looking for employment.

If you are looking for a job close to home click HERE to go to the regional job site located on the website.

If you are a Buchanan County Business that is looking for employees you can easily post a job without having to register, get a password or pay any fees.  Simply click HERE to go to the link on the website to submit a job on the regional job site.  Your available job will then be viewed by thousands of job seekers both within the Cedar Valley Region and beyond!  

Click HERE to access Buchanan County Businesses
that are hiring NOW!!
Please contact George Lake, Director, BCEDC if you need additional information. 319-334-7497
Starting or growing a business? Meet with the SBDC in  Buchanan County!
Are you thinking about starting or expanding a business, but you’re not sure about how to proceed? Do you need help in deciding how best to market or improve your business? Not to worry! Help is available through the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC)!
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be setting up shop in the board room of Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) on Friday, December 13th from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are interested in starting a business and don't know the best way to go about it, the SBDC can help.  If you currently own a small business and are considering expanding or you want to review financial options, the SBDC can help.  

Contact George Lake of BCEDC at 319-334-7497 to make an appointment. The BCEDC offices are located at 112 1st Street East in Independence. You can also set appointments in Cedar Falls for other days of the month by calling the SBDC at 319-273-4328. To find out more about the SBDC click HERE or visit our website at We’ll see you on Friday, December 13th!


Hawkeye Business Solutions at BCEDC Office

Hawkeye Community College offers a local service to Buchanan County businesses.  Hawkeye sets up shop in the Buchanan County Economic Development office to meet with area companies on Thursday, December 12th,  8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Celia Evens, Training Coordinator of The Corporate and Business Solutions Department provides her services to the businesses and industries of Buchanan County at that time.
Hawkeye offers a variety of services to local businesses at no cost, including needs assessments, OSHA compliance evaluations, development of training plans, planning retreats and training events, succession planning, and arranging consultations with field experts (including safety, HR, professional development, transportation, quality, and technical areas).  They can also determine if your company qualifies for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants to assist with training costs and help with the application process.
Contact George Lake of BCEDC at 319-334-7497 or email to make an appointment.  To find out more about Hawkeye Business Solutions click HERE or visit our website at  The BCEDC offices are located at 112 1st Street East in Independence.

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The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC)
P.O. Box 109
Independence, IA  50644

Street address: 112 1st St. East, Independence,  IA  50644

Contact: George Lake, Executive Director
or Lisa Kremer, Communication Manager 
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