Who We Are

Organization Summary

The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) is a 501(c)(4) economic development organization, affiliated with the Cedar Valley Regional (Marketing) Partnership. The BCEDC serves the communities and unincorporated areas of Buchanan County, Iowa and is a resource and advocate for the building of wealth for the industrial and commercial businesses that reside operations in Buchanan County.

The BCEDC’s championing focus is on attracting and expanding commercial and industrial business in the county area, as well as maintaining and developing the complementing workforce and infrastructure. The role of the organization is not only to attract or retain jobs, but more importantly to educate the communities they represent regarding the improvements necessary to be competitive and successful in today’s business economy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Buchanan County Economic Development Commission 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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at  www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at  program.intake@usda.gov

Board of Directors

Officers

  • Mayor Gerald Dennie (Winthrop) – Chair
  • Mayor Chad Staton (Quasqueton) – Vice Chair
  • Terry Toale (Bankers Association) – Treasurer
  • Mayor Sue Webster, (Rowley) Secretary

Members

  • Mayor Dave Young, Aurora
  • Mayor Guy Stacy, Brandon
  • Mayor Bill Cowell, Fairbank
  • Mayor Gerald VandeVorde, Hazleton
  • Mayor Eleanor McGraw-Riley, Lamont
  • County Supervisor Don Shonka,  Buchanan County
  • Mayor Rodger Sill, Stanley
  • Mayor Pro Tem Dawn Vogel, Jesup
  • Mayor Bonnie Davis, Independence
  • Steve Ohl, Independence Enterprises, Inc.
  • Dean Hamblin, Agriculture
  • Maurice Welsh, Tourism

Staff

George Lake, Director

director@growbuchanan.com

Lisa Kremer, Communication Manager

communication@growbuchanan.com

(319) 334-7497