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Upcoming Customer Service Lunch & Learn

August 4, 2022

Join us along with Independence Area Chamber of Commerce and Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach for our upcoming Lunch and Learn. Celina Peerman will present on Customer Service. We will meet at Heartland Acres Event Center on September 8, 2022 from 11am-1pm. Building relationships and retaining customers is critical to our business and a…

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Allerton Brewing Company Continues to Grow

July 28, 2022

Allerton Brewery continues to grow with the help of the Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC).  Allerton Brewery just received their second loan from BCEDC’s Revolving Loan Fund.  The Business Growth Loan was established by BCEDC to do exactly what it has been doing for Allerton Brewery from the beginning. The first loan taken by…

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Downtown Housing Grant Recipients

July 26, 2022

The Buchanan County Economic Development  Commission (BCEDC) is excited to announce with the City of Independence that the Independence Hardware Hank building owned by Brad and Kellie Cole has received a $600,000 Downtown Housing Grant to assist in the development of 10 apartments in the historic downtown Independence building.The Downtown Housing Grant provided $20 million…

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New Grant Available

July 26, 2022

The IEDA has opened the following grant to business and industries as well as communities.  The grant is due Sept. 1st and the funds will be dispersed October 1st.  Rural Enrichment Program – Provides up to $20,000 per grant to support small quality of life projects that will create meaningful results in rural communities. Developing quality…

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BCEDC Awards First Key Business Grant

June 9, 2022

(Buchanan County, IA)  The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) is awarding its first Key Business Grant to Balance Nutrition of Fairbank.  The Key Business Grant that BCEDC offers is a grant of up to $10,000 to either attract or retain a business in a Buchanan County Community.  It is not for just any business,…

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Two children standing at a table cutting paper. Text reads Watering the Child Care Desert.

Watering the Child Care Desert

May 31, 2022

Did you know Iowa loses an estimated $935 million a year due to child care issues (Iowa Association of Business and Industry)? Child care plays an essential role in economic development. Having adequate, high quality child care not only attracts but retains employees. It is no secret that we are in a child care desert.…

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Destination Iowa Grant Opportunity

April 12, 2022

The state just released its newest grant opportunity.  Destination Iowa is a $100 Million investment to bolster the quality of life in Iowa and attract visitors and new residents to the state.   Cities, counties, nonprofits and other organizations can apply for Destination Iowa grants from four separate funds: Economically Significant Development, Outdoor Recreation, Tourism Attraction,…

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