Property of the Month: L&M Radiator Industrial Building

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L&M Radiator Industrial Building

This manufacturing/industrial facility has over 35,000 sq. ft. featuring two buildings on a 2.2 acre site and is located immediately north of 4-lane US Highway 20. Interstate 380 is just 12 miles away and can be reached in minutes. This is an excellent location between the two metro areas of Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. The Buchanan County EDC and the City of Independence can work with state and regional partners to assist with your needs. The building is available for purchase. The sale price includes: (2) 7.5 ton bridge cranes, (9) 2-ton jib cranes, (1) 1-ton jib crane, and (4) ¼-ton jib cranes, 50HP and 100 HP air compressor, 14’L x 20’W Paint booth and 20’L x 30’W Media Blast Booth are all going with the building. Office Space: 4,180 square feet Manufacturing Space: 27,215 square feet Warehouse (separate building) 4,000 square feet, insulated and propane heat.

To see this property and get contact information go to and click available buildings or click HERE

Questions? Contact BCEDC Director Lisa Kremer at 319-334-7497 or email

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Growing Leaders in Buchanan County

Leadership plays an integral part in the development of businesses and industries as well as organizations within communities.  To that end, Buchanan County Economic Development and Hawkeye Community College have teamed up to provide an exceptional leadership program with extraordinary presenters.  The classes will help participants identify their leadership style and best practices for managing teams.  From knowing how to handle effective meetings to resolving conflict and communicating effectively, participants will gain vital leadership skills that can be used not only at work, but within their communities and organizations. 

This is a series of six sessions and leadership certificates will be awarded to individual who attend all six weeks. The first session will include the DISC assessment and the final session will be followed by a short celebration and graduation ceremony. Participants are welcome to stay for an optional networking lunch each date from 12-1pm, which is included in the cost of the program.

September 21st - Leading for Impact
September 28th - Navigating Digital Communication and Communicating Effectively 
October 5th - Managing effective meetings and time management/work life balance
October 12th - Servant Leadership
October 19th - Resolving Conflict
October 26th - Leading Work and Community Teams and Graduation

Click HERE to find out more information and to sign up.  Investors in BCEDC will receive a discount.  Contact Director Lisa Kremer at

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Independence Receives 2nd $100,000 Catalyst Grant!
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced $2.6 million in grant funding to hep 26 communities across the state revitalize their downtown districts.  The grants were awarded through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation program.

Each community is awarded a $100,000 grant to help redevelop or rehabilitate underused buildings as a way to stimulate economic growth and reinvestment in the community.  “Downtown districts are the heart and soul of our communities, and their strength is critical to the state’s overall well-being,” IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham said. “The Community Catalyst program not only helps strengthen our downtowns at a critical time of economic recovery, it also inspires growth and development for years to come.”

The City of Independence and Stan Development, owner of the historic King’s Hall building in downtown Independence, was one of those awarded the Catalyst by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  This is the second grant in as many years awarded to Independence.   Last years grant was awarded to the Letyze building which has plans to begin their work shortly.

According to Nate Whited of STAN Development, "We are absolutely thrilled to learn the Iowa Economic Development Authority selected King's Hall for this year's Catalyst Grant. We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility as caretakers of this iconic building. King's Hall should be considered one of the signature structures of Downtown Independence, and this grant will help ensure it remains that way for several generations.”
We at STAN Development would like to thank Buchanan County Economic Development Director Lisa Kremer for her time and help with the grant application . We so appreciate the support of Mayor Davis, City Manager Al Roder, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce Director Nikki Barth, and the Independence City Council for their encouragement and support of our efforts."
The Community Catalyst Building Remediation program is funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. This is the fourth year these grants are being made available via the IEDA and continued funding is based on annual availability.
Per program rules, at least 40% of the grants were awarded to cities with populations of less than 1,500. The grants will support local improvement projects such as façade upgrades, building rehabilitations and renovations. Cities are required to provide financial and/or in-kind resources to supplement these projects.

To find out more about the Community Catalyst program, click HERE .  If interested in applying for a catalyst grant in Buchanan County, contact Buchanan County Economic Development Director Lisa Kremer at or call 319-334-7497.
*source for catalyst information – IEDA press release.
Picture L-R Andy Higgins, Tonya Higgins, Shelly Whited, Nate Whited
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Be an early bird and sign up for the Women's Leadership & Empowerment conference coming up on October 28th.   Three Buchanan County women leaders will be presenting at this workshop.  In the final breakout sessions of the day you can find Amber Youngblut of Geater Machining and Manufacturing and Samantha Hardy of QC/Plastics as part of a the panel for Not One of the boys:  Navigating Challenges of Predominately Male Industries. Crystal Blin of 100 Acre Media will be presenting Harnessing the Power of Social Media.  To sign up for the Conference click HERE
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Regional Job Site
Buchanan County Companies are Hiring!!
Need quality employees fast?  Looking for that perfect job? The FREE Cedar Valley Regional Job Site is the place to go!

Live the Valley is the Regional website that includes Buchanan, Bremer, Chickasaw, Butler, Grundy and Black Hawk counties. Since its inception, those looking for jobs on this site has been in the hundreds of thousands, which make it a great place to also advertise your job! 

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 Lisa Kremer, Director, BCEDC if you need additional information. 319-334-7497

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SBDC and Hawkeye CC Provide Services to
Buchanan County

Help is available through the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Hawkeye Community College (HCC) Corporate and Business Solutions Department.  Amy Dutton of SBDC and Celia Even of HCC are available to assist businesses and industries, new or existing, small or large.

Through one-on-one counseling, Amy Dutton of the SBDC can help with starting or expanding a business and can share financial options that may be available. Dutton can also assist with COVID related issues and maneuver you through loan application process or other businesses issues including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, human resource issues and more.

Celia Even can assist with 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).  She can also help determine if your company qualifies for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants to assist with training costs and help with the application process.

Both are available via zoom, email or phone and will be available for in person meetings at the Buchanan County Economic Development office monthly by appointment.

To Contact Amy Dutton of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) phone  319-273-4328 or email  To find out more about the SBDC click HERE or visit our website at 

To Contact Celia Even of the HCC Corporate and Business Solutions Department phone 319-296-2320 Extension 3014 or email her at  To find out more about Hawkeye Business Solutions click HERE or visit our website at  

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 Test Iowa: At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits. 

  • Buchanan County Public Health is a pick up site for at-home COVID-19 tests.
    (Office hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 to 3:30; Fri 7:30 to 3:00)  Please call prior to entry to building:  319-332-0860
  • Test kits can also be requested by going online at: 
  • If you do not have computer or smartphone access you can call the State Hygenic Lab Call Center : 833-286-8378 and they can ship directly to your home. 

Coronavirus Vaccination Distribution   
There are currently three vaccines approved for use:Pfizer:  12 & Older (two dose series)
Moderna:  18 & Older (two dose series)
Johnson & Johnson: 18 & Older (one dose)

Where to find Vaccine in Buchanan County:  COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

Primary Care Provider Offices:  

  • BCHC: Medical Associates and Jesup 
  • MercyOne: Jesup, Fairbank and Independence
  • Regional Family Health - Winthrop

Pharmacy Locations: 

  • Independence:  Hartig Drug;  Wal-Mart Pharmacy-Independence
  • Oelwein:  BCHC Oelwein Pharmacy;  Hy-Vee Dollar Fresh

Buchanan County Public Health will follow ACIP, CDC, IDPH and IDAC guidance for all COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.  

For more information for vaccines available in Buchanan County, please click HERE

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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: Lisa Kremer, Executive Director
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