Appanoose County is located in South Central Iowa, where the people possess a strong work ethic and the leaders are always happy to welcome new businesses into the community.
The Appanoose Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) received incorporated status as a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation on April 3, 1986. Since this time, economic development work has largely been managed by a handful of volunteer community leaders. These individuals were responsible for helping establish the Centerville Industrial Park and for helping attract industries such as Lee Container, Barker Company and Wells Manufacturing.
The board in late 2003 decided to hire a full-time, countywide executive director, the first in AEDC's history. The purpose was to have a dedicated professional attending to the day-to-day needs of local business and industry. AEDC remains governed by a volunteer board of directors with written by-laws. Board directors are elected by AEDC membership or appointed by the board in the case of an unexpected departure.
AEDC continues to work closely with the Appanoose Industrial Corporation (AIC) to attract new business and industry to Appanoose County.