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Faris delivers AEDC quarterly update

Thursday, September 22, 2016

By Michael Schaffer
Managing Editor

Tod Faris, the executive director of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation, Monday night delivered the quarterly AEDC highlights for June through September during the Centerville City Council meeting at City Hall.

Faris talked about a trip he made with Bill Buss to Georgia to visit with Lee Container and Hillphoenix officials. Faris said Gov.

Terry Branstad and Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority director, joined them at Hillphoenix.

Faris said the conversation during those meetings centered on growth in southern Iowa and growth opportunities in Centerville.

“I can’t really go into great detail on those meetings yet, other than … they were very, very positive for Centerville,” Faris said.

“That’s probably the best way to put it. Both companies are very committed to Centerville and growth in Centerville.”

Faris said the home building program at Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust was set up to be a sustainable program which means money they receive from the Iowa Finance Authority can be directed towards smaller, individual projects like new windows, doors, furnaces, roofs and painting for low to moderate income families.

“So we are looking for those projects, low to moderate individuals that have issues with their home, we may be able to help,” Faris said, adding money could be given out in a grant or a forgivable loan, depending on the families income. “The grants or loans that we can do are up to $7,500 per project.”

Faris said they will accept application from all across the county, not just Centerville.

CVRHT’s home building program is set to start construction on their fourth house, Faris said, which will be paid for from the proceeds of the sale of the second house that was built. Construction of their third house at 911 S.

19th St., which has been approved for purchase, was paid for by the proceeds from the sale of the first house that was constructed. Faris briefly talked about the process to get a local certified site designation.

He said they are in the third and final step in the certified site application process and if all goes well new certified sites will be announced in April of 2017. Faris talked about a recently completed Laborshed Study, the first one since 2012 at a cost of

$4,200. Faris said sometime in October he plans to have an Iowa Workforce Development official come to Centerville to present the Laborshed Study results to large employers and local and county leaders.

Other items in Faris’ list of highlights:

  • Natel continues to connect more businesses on or near the Square and plan to expand to businesses throughout the entire community. They plan to implement new wireless technology throughout Centerville and the rest of the county for both businesses and residents.
  • RMA Armament since July has been going strong and is now up to 13 employees. And Centerville police officers are now wearing RMA body armor both front and back.

Courtesy of The Daily Iowegian.

Category: Economic Development

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