After years of searching, Charles City has an Iowa Certified Site and after the official meeting on Tuesday, are now inches away from kick-starting the economic development of the area. The site is located at the intersection of Highway 27 and South Grand Avenue and cost the city a little over $2 million to purchase.
A ‘certified site’ is a piece of land that underwent extensive government-led research and passed with flying colors – the certification is the equivalent of informing potential industries that it is ‘shovel ready’. IEDA Director Debi Durham says she created the program because she has lost businesses in the past from land-specific problems.
The Executive Director of the Charles City Development Corporation Tim Fox says the team is in the early stages of creating a marketing plan for the land. He also cites Floyd County’s historically high unemployment rate and his confidence in the county’s ability to persevere.
These land certifications speeds up economic development like a microwave. Durham believes she will be back very soon for a groundbreaking celebration.