Appanoose Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Tod Faris issued the following report for June of 2012.
Business Communications (as of 6/14/12):
Hydra Pools: Will bring pool liner business to Centerville in the fall of 2012 and will be hiring 15 in that new department. AEDC is assisting with this expansion.
Jef-Scot Metals: Employment now up to 24 and working periodic overtime. Plan to begin renovation of entry area to include new offices, reception area, conference room and new restrooms this fall. Plan to add on to the south end of the building in 2013 as the final phase of the expansion.
Boat manufacturer: Continue to communicate and strategize with the CEO, CFO and many others in regard to how the project can come together. Numerous calls and emails continue.
Walmart building: The realtor emailed AEDC in June to state the deal on the building with an out-of-state developer fell through and the building is available again. Still working with a manufacture that would like to purchase the building and locate their facility there.
Connected Iowa Internet meeting: AEDC hosted a meeting to discuss Internet options, availability, needs and issues in Appanoose County. Fifteen people attended including representatives from Centerville School District, IHCC, Rathbun Regional Water Association, Drake Library, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company in Moulton, Chariton Valley Planning and Development, a local manufacturing plant manager and others. The meeting was facilitated by a gentleman from Area 15 Regional Planning in Ottumwa. He will follow up with AEDC for more details as he completes his report. The results will be uploaded to the Connect Iowa web site. The group who attended had a pleasant surprise as Amy Kuelers, Connect Iowa director, came from Des Moines to attend the Appanoose County meeting.
Sustainable economies program: CIRAS, an Iowa State University Extension organization, has chosen Centerville (and Appanoose County) as one of five communities they are going to complete an analysis of our financial, social and environmental well-being. They will then provide technical assistance to the organizations and businesses within the county to aid in our improvement. A number of our employers have chosen to participate. Mark Reinig and Abby Gaffey of CIRAS were in town June 4 to give presentations to the Board of Supervisors and City Council. Scheduled meetings with leaders of some of our local volunteer groups working to improve Appanoose County. A community Summit took place Tuesday, July 10 at the Majestic (lunch provided) for the community to see and hear the results of CIRAS’s research and take part in a discussion of what ISU can help with. Also, a Green Training 101 class (featuring a “dumpster dive”) will take place at the RASW facility for employers and members of the community free of charge in July or August. The CIRAS staff will be available to Centerville for about a year.