BCEDC Highlighted Building
New Buchanan County Laborshed Report
BCEDC Website is Now Mobile Friendly
ISU Solar Car Coming to Indee
SBDC: How to Start Your Business


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A weekly newsletter from the Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC)

The primary mission of Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) is to foster a strong economic environment which supports business, nurtures growth and new investment while attracting sustainable businesses and a quality labor force to our communities. The organization will rely on trusting relationships to unite the communities of Buchanan County to promote and facilitate economic development, and to improve the quality of life in our area by building sustainable wealth for those who live, work and play in this portion of the Cedar Valley Region of Iowa.
BCEDC Building Highlight
Affordable, Quality Warehouse/Manufacturing Building Available in Jesup
The JEDF Building is located at 1310 12th St, in Jesup’s East Industrial Park. Owned by the Jesup Economic Development Foundation, it is readily available to meet your business needs. (building brochure)  Constructed in 1996, this 20,000 sq ft structure provides 18,100 sq ft of operational space for warehousing or light manufacturing and 1,500 sq ft for offices.  Click here to learn more about the JEDF Building, or contact Todd Rohlfsen 319-827-1050 or BCEDC Director George Lake 319-334-7497

BCEDC Commissioning a New Laborshed Report

 The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) will be working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Buchanan County area.  This study will examine the labor force from which Buchanan County area employers draw their employees, and are based upon commuting patterns into the area.  The study will assist existing and potential businesses to better understand the size and characteristics of the area’s labor force regardless of political boundaries.
BCEDC Director George Lake said, “The most recent Laborshed was completed in 2011 while we were still reeling from the impact of the Great Recession. The State’s economy has rebounded significantly since 2011 and we need to establish a better understanding of the status of Buchanan County’s workforce. We will be calling upon Buchanan County employers to assist in our efforts to paint clear picture of our labor situation. ”  Click here to see the 2011Buchanan County  Laborshed Report.
The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Buchanan County area for employment.  For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Buchanan asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes.  This reporting will give us an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides.
Once that Laborshed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in those identified areas.  The questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation. Survey results will be applied to demographic data to determine the size of the Buchanan County area labor force as well as various labor force characteristics.  Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers any identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth.
Contact BCEDC Director George Lake if you have questions, 319-334-7497.  Thank you for your support and participation.
BCEDC Website is Now Mobile Friendly
The newly revised Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) website,  is available to provide information on a wide range of topics related to economic and community development.  To make access easier, the BCEDC is now mobile friendly so that you can more easily view it via your smart phone.  Just access via your phone’s browser, bookmark the site and place the bookmark on your screen.
The BCEDC extends their appreciation to Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy for their financial support that made the BCEDC website a reality. Both utilities have a long history of giving back to their customers by supporting community and economic development activities in the communities they serve.
Iowa State University Solar Car to Visit
Heartland Acres Agribition Center
Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, IA will be a pit stop for the Iowa State University solar car on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m. The car will be displayed for the public to see in the parking lot at Heartland Acres.
Come see the state-of-the-art Iowa State University solar car at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, IA on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The car will be located in the parking lot for the public to view. No admission is required to see the car. Visit with Team PrISUm members and find out what makes the car and the program unique.
Iowa State University Team PrISUm is making the visit to Heartland Acres as part of their SunRun tour. The SunRun is a 1000+ mile tour throughout the state of Iowa in which Team PrISUm drives the solar car to schools and sponsors to perform community outreach and education.
Giving back to the community is very important to Team PrISUm and the SunRun allows participating ISU students to inspire young minds as well as give the people of Iowa an opportunity to learn about the team, see the car, and understand how Team PrISUm benefits from their contributions.
For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at or call Heartland Acres Director Craig Johnson at  (319) 332-0123.
Small Business Development Center Coming to Buchanan County
Take the first step to starting your own business.
If you are you thinking about starting or expanding a business and you’re not sure about how to proceed; the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help. The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) has arranged for the UNI SBDC to come to Buchanan County.  The SBDC will be operating out the BCEDC offices on the 3rd Monday of each month.   The next visit is scheduled for Monday, May 18, at 112 1st. St. Independence.
The SBDC provide free, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. The SBDC also presents affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
SBDC Monday in Buchanan County: Call BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497 to set an appointment to meet with the SBDC on Monday, February 16. The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission offices are located at 112 1st. St. Independence.   
You can also set an appointment to meet at the UNI Small Business Development Center in Cedar Falls by calling 319-273-4322.
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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

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