Site of the Month:  Aurora City Owned Lot

Career Fair to be Held Thursday April 12th

Governor Reynolds Visits Hawkeye Metal Spinning in Jesup

Hawkeye Community College Business Solutions at BCEDC Office 

Transportation Option in Buchanan County

Iowa Ranked #1 Place to Live in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report

Business Builder Workshop at UNI 

Regional Job Board

SBDC Visit to Buchanan County

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City of Aurora Building Lot

This Lot which is located on the corner of Union and Prospect Street is approximately 1.5 acres.  The photo above shows the lot outlined in yellow on the left.   The house has been removed and the lot is now empty and ready to be built on.   The picture on the right shows a concept drawing of what the lot could look like with four fourplex apartments and parking.  The City is willing to provide strong incentives to promote development of this land.  For more information on Aurora click their community profile.
Buchanan County Economic Development is getting ready for spring by hosting its first ever Spring Career Fair.  The Career Fair, which is sponsored jointly by Buchanan County Economic Development and Iowa Works, will be held Thursday, April 12th, at Henderson Event Center located at 2320 Iowa Ave. in Independence, right off Exit 252 of Hwy. 20. The career fair will be held  from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

The Buchanan County Career Fair is FREE for all job seekers and for investors in Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC).  The cost to exhibit for businesses and industries that are not investors in BCEDC is $50.  The last day for businesses to register as an exhibitor is noon, Monday, April 9. 

To register click HERE or you can also contact BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497, email  You can also visit our website at

Governor Reynolds Visits Hawkeye Metal Spinning in Jesup

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Greg toured Hawkeye Metal Spinning in Jesup.  Hawkeye Metal Spinning owner and CEO Larry Thompson provided the tour.  Thompson is also the Mayor of Jesup.
Hawkeye Business Solutions at BCEDC Office
(Buchanan County, IA) Hawkeye Community College is offering a new local service to Buchanan County businesses.  Hawkeye will be setting up shop in the Buchanan County Economic Development office to meet with area companies on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 8:30am-4:30pm.  Celia Evens, Training Coordinator of The Corporate and Business Solutions Department will be providing her services to the businesses and industries of Buchanan County.
How can the Corporate and Business Solutions Department at Hawkeye Community College help with your workforce woes? Do you need to upskill your workforce? Increase profitability by becoming more efficient? Get compliant with OSHA regulations? Plan for the future of your company? Regardless of the company size or industry, Hawkeye Community College can help.
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). We can also determine if your company qualifies for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants to assist with training costs and help with the application process.
To sign up for the next meeting date on April 12, contact George Lake of BCEDC at 319-334-7497 or email to to make an appointment.  The BCEDC offices are located at 112 1st Street East in Independence.
Make an appointment to see how Hawkeye Community College can help develop your workforce and make your company more successful!
A New Way to Get to Work
Buchanan County Economic Development knows that many businesses and industries sometimes struggle with their workforce having reliable transportation to the workplace.  Employees may be willing to work, but for whatever reason have no way of getting to the workplace.  There are some transportation options available to either the employee or the employer to overcome this obstacle.

Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission (INRTC) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transportation service to the public including those needing to get to and from work.  The service operates within a six county area including Buchanan County.  It is available on demand from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The rider can be picked up at their home and transported to wherever they need to go.  If the destination is within four miles of their home there is a flat $5 charge.  Anything over 4 miles is an additional $1.25 per mile.  The rider needs to contact INRTC each evening to secure a ride for the following day.  While this is not necessarily a cheap alternative, it is a way for the employee to ensure they are able to work.

There is also a transportation option for employers.  Patrick Ross, Director of Transit of INRTC, explained that INRTC can and has provided buses on a leased basis. Ross stated, “Companies are welcome to come and discuss transportation options with us.”

Employers interested in learning more about this transportation option can contact Patrick Ross at  or phone 319-235-0311.
Iowa Ranked Top State in the Nation by
U.S. News & World Report

According to this article found in Corridor Business Journal (CBJ), Iowa is the No. 1 state in the country, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

The publication's annual Best States ranking put the Hawkeye State on the top of its 2018 list based on 77 metrics in eight categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life. Health care and education were the most highly weighted factors in the methodology, followed closely by the economy.

"Our Best States ranking is a humbling tribute to our people who have proven time and again that in Iowa, if you're willing to work hard, you can accomplish anything," said Gov. Kim Reynolds, who appeared on CBS This Morning today for an announcement about the 2018 Best States ranking. 
"My top priority as governor is to build on our current success by bringing new resources and opportunities to every corner of our state," Ms. Reynolds said. "Every Iowan contributes to the success of their community and our state, and we celebrate this honor knowing that our work to build a better Iowa will never be finished."
Click HERE for the entire CBJ article, or click HERE for the article from the governors office.

Business Builder Workshop Series at UNI

Looking to expand or grow your business? Sign up for the Business Builder Workshop on April 10, 2018!  Engage with leading experts at the 2018 Business Builder Workshop in Cedar Falls.
Entrepreneurs, startups, and current business owners have the opportunity to learn from leading business experts.

Each workshop will feature two tracks with eight total breakout sessions. Attendees will have the capability to choose sessions that best meet their level of business, whether just getting started and needing the basics, or established businesses interested in development, sustainability and growth.

Breakout Session Topics:
-Strategic Planning
-Wealth Building
-Record keeping
-Human Resources
-Selling to the Government
-Online Brand Presence
Click HERE for the full schedule and to sign up.
Registration: $25; Lunch is provided
Regional Job Site
Buchanan County Companies are Hiring!!
Looking for a job close to home?  Looking for a way to find new employees? Look no farther than the Regional Job Site!   The regional job board covers the 6-county Cedar Valley Regional Partnership (CVRP). The CVRP area includes Buchanan, Black Hawk, Bremer, Chickasaw, Butler and Grundy counties.   The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) has a dedicated link to regional job board on the Grow Buchanan website.

Jobs website:

Companies can easily post a job without having to register, get a password or pay any fees. 

Job seekers can search for jobs by county and category…no registrations or passwords.
This site enables companies to more easily post jobs and the site will make it easier for those looking for work to find local companies that are hiring.

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!

(Buchanan County, IA) 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 Tuesday, April 17th.  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 or email to 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. We’ll see you on Tuesday, April 17th.
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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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