Dallas County in Site Selection Magazine

We are very excited to announce that Dallas County received the opportunity to provide an interview in the Iowa Issue of Site Selection Magazine. This is a great opportunity to promote the certified sites in our county, and in the state.

Please see below for the pages in which our certified sites are featured:

certified sites interview

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We Have Moved!

The Alliance has officially moved! We didn’t go too far from our previous location, just a couple of doors down in the same building. This new space fits our needs and we are very excited to be in the new space!

We can be found in the office building directly behind Jethro’s Jambalaya on University Avenue in West Des Moines. Our suite is now located in the end cap of the building.

Our new address is:

9325 Bishop Drive, Suite #105
West Des Moines, IA 50266

The Alliance is Moving!

The Alliance is moving! We will be packing up our current office and moving a few doors down to suite #105, which is the end cap of our current building. We will begin the moving process the week of August 4th.

Our new address will be:

9325 Bishop Drive, Suite #105
West Des Moines, IA 50266

The Alliance looks forward to moving into the new space which will be very similar to our current space, but will be more customized to our current needs.

Annual Meeting 2014 – Save the Date!

Save the date! The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance will host their annual meeting event on Wednesday, September 10th. We look forward to meeting with our members and enjoying great company and networking opportunities.

Watch for more information regarding this event to be posted in the near future.

Perry Completes Step Two of Certified Sites Process

The Perry Industrial Park is currently in the process of site certification, and has officially completed step two of the three step process. Step two included a 20-page questionnaire and more than 25 attachments. The Perry team hopes to be invited to move forward with step three very soon.

Perry Industrial Park Step Two Submittal

Perry Industrial Park Step Two Submittal

Perry Industrial Park Step Two Submittal

Perry Industrial Park Step Two Submittal

McCallum Sweeney Consulting came to Perry for a site visit Wednesday, April 30th, in order to assess the site and ask any questions that arose from the step two submittal which was turned in on April 15th. McCallum Sweeney seemed impressed with the site and the due diligence completed so far for the certified sites process.

Site certification is a great marketing tool that can be used to attract site selection consultants and prove that a site is ready to go. By being shovel ready, a site can be more appealing to site selectors because it saves them time and resources, which can give Dallas County and Perry an advantage over our competition.

Dallas County Completes Two Certified Sites

At yesterday’s press conference, Governor Branstad announced that four sites in the state have completed site certification, and have earned the official certified site designation. The sites are located in Dexter, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, and Van Meter. The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance guided the communities of Dexter and Van Meter through the site certification, and the Alliance is proud to announce that two of the four sites to have the certified site designation are in Dallas County.

Dallas County Team with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds at Certified Sites Announcement

Dallas County Team with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds at Certified Sites Announcement

“A big congratulations and thank you to you and your staff for being a major contributor and leader in bring this to the finish line. Dallas County having 2 of the 4 sights is a major accomplishment and positions the county well for future economic growth.” – Marc Meyer, West Bank.

“Congratulations on receiving site certification on your sites in Dexter and Van Meter.  That is a huge accomplishment which will put your communities in better position to respond to economic development opportunities.” – David Maahs, Greater Des Moines Partnership.

The Alliance is very proud of the completion of the Dexter and Van Meter certified sites, and look forward to the growth and development they will bring Dallas County.

GDCDA to Attend Site Selectors Guild Conference

The Alliance will be attending the annual Site Selectors Guild Conference to represent both the Van Meter and Dexter sites that are finalizing site certification. We will also be including our newest site going through the certification process, which will be in Perry, in our discussions. The conference is also a great opportunity to network with the nation’s top site selectors.

The conference is next week, February 24th-26th in Denver, CO. Linda Wunsch, Executive Director of the Alliance will be in attendance, along with Jake Anderson, City of Van Meter, and Terry Lutz, McClure Engineering. We would like to thank our sponsors, Diligent Development, McClure Engineering, the City of Van Meter, and the City of Perry for their support that allows us to attend this conference.

Happy Holidays from the Alliance!

The Alliance Board of Directors and staff would like to wish you a joyous holiday season. We hope you are able to share the “most wonderful time of the year” with family and friends. May the season bring you peace, hope, and joy. Here’s to a prosperous to 2014!

Holiday BoD 2013

GDCDA Attends MAEDC Conference

The Mid-America Economic Development Council held their Competitiveness Conference last week, December 8-10th in downtown Chicago. Megan Carlson, Project Manager, attended the conference on behalf of the Alliance. The Alliance has recently became a MAEDC member, and looks forward to partnering with regional groups through the council, as well as taking advantage of the other member benefits offered.

Site selectors from across the country, representing many different industries, were present at the conference. One of the main sessions was a site selectors panel, which gave opportunity for attendees to ask questions and gain insight on what site selectors want and look for when choosing a site for their clients. They provided great insight on how best to market sites to them as well, which will be very helpful as the Alliance begins to market our two sites that are nearly certified. From the panel, individual break-out sessions were held with each of the site selectors. This was also very helpful in gaining insight on a more personal level, since questions were encouraged. Megan met with a site selector who deals solely with data center prospects, and one who focuses more on manufacturing, but had great knowledge on certified sites and master planning.

Overall, the conference offered great sessions, as well as many opportunities to network with many economic developers from the region. The Alliance is excited to have a new regional organization to partner with and gain further knowledge from.

RRVT Usage

The Raccoon River Valley Trail boasts 89 miles of paved trail that spans across three counties in central Iowa. With 15 trailheads, there are multiple route options and sites to see. The RRVT trail also connects to the trail system in Des Moines, to provide further trail options. Here is the summary report comparing usage numbers from this year to last:

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