Mid Iowa Growth Partners (MIGP)

Various agencies across the State of Iowa are looking at a consorted effort to revitalize the State. Kossuth County Economic Development Commission (KCEDC) took the lead role for Kossuth County in looking at what would be the overall benefits for Rural Iowa to join forces with 10 other counties (Hardin, Hamilton, Webster, Sac, Calhoun, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Kossuth, and Palo Alto) which is now Mid Iowa Growth Partners (MIGP). With the tight economic economy, decline in population and reduced funding. MIGP has pooled their time, dollars and efforts by entering into this partnership along with the assistance from various other entities such as: Corn Belt Power, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and MIDAS.

MIGP is in it's incubation stage but already we have established relationships that we can all draw from each others expertise, share resources and have the capability of marketing a larger area. (Clearly we will have a larger voice for Kossuth County and its regional partner.) The effort of bringing 11 counties to the table was made a lot easier through our Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) Membership. Relationships were already initially established and through PDI's educational workshops and seminars, we all know the importance of regionalism. PDI played a key role in keeping members educated on all levels of economic development.

A few of the major goals of MIGP are: 1) To create an aggressive regional organization and "community mindset," 2) Enhance awareness of the local development entities on a regional and national scale, 3) Develop a greater awareness and collaboration within the region, 4) Develop a program involving a CEO roundtable with existing industry, 5) Initiate and develop targeted marketing projects that will benefit the region…to name a few.

KCEDC has identified that the increased awareness of regional collaboration will increase resources, expertise and provide greater opportunity for growth in Rural Iowa. The overall impact is that we all gain by taking the steps to communicate and work for the betterment of the State of Iowa, our region, county and communities.

 


MIGP At Large Directors - Voting Members

Jim Vermeer
VP Business Development
Corn Belt Power Cooperative
Humboldt

Brittany Dickey (Alternate to Jim Vermeer)
Business Finance Director
Corn Belt Power Cooperative
Humboldt

   

Jim Kersten
Assoc. VP External Relations & Gov. Affairs
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge

Shelly Blunk (Alternate to Jim Kersten)
Director Economic Dev. & Industrial Training
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge

Deb Calvert
Economic Development Consultant
MidAmerican Energy
Urbandale
 

 


 

MIGP Board of Directors - Voting Members

Calhoun County  
Pamela Anderson
Exec. Director, Calhoun Co.
Rockwell City
Gary Nicholson
Calhoun Co. Supervisor
Rockwell City
   
Hamilton County  
Sarah Thompson
Executive Director
Hamilton County S.E.E.D
Webster City

VACANT

   
Hardin County  

Cindy Litwiller
Executive Director
Iowa Falls Area Development Corp.
Iowa Falls

Deb Crosser
Executive Director Economic Development
City of Eldora
Eldora
   
Humboldt County  

Alissa Reinholdt
Director
Humboldt County Development Association
Humboldt

Aaron F. Burnett
Humboldt City Administrator
City of Humboldt

   
Kossuth County  
Maureen Elbert
Exec. Director
Kossuth/Palo Alto Co. Econ. Dev.
Algona
John Bilsten
KCEDC President
Algona Municipal Utilities
Algona
   
Palo Alto County  
Maureen Elbert
Exec. Director
Kossuth/Palo Alto Co. Econ. Dev.
Algona
Steve Heldt
Palo Alto County Representative
Emmetsburg
   
Pocahontas County  
Paul Beneke
Pocahontas Co. Supervisor
Palmer
Tom Grau
Economic Development Director
Pocahontas County Economic Dev.
Pocahontas
Eric List (Alternate for Tom Grau)
Economic Development Director
Pocahontas
 
   
Webster County  
Kelly Halsted
Economic Development Director
Greater FD Dodge Growth Alliance
Fort Dodge

Dawn Larson
Business Affairs Specialist
Fort Dodge

   
Lisa Knigge (Alternate)
Chairperson
Greater FD Growth Alliance
Fort Dodge
 
   
Wright County  
Brad Hicks
Director
Wright Co. Economic Development
Clarion

Karl Helgevold
Wright County Supervisor
Eagle Grove

   
Colleen Bartett (Alternate)
Assistant
Wright Co. Economic Development
Clarion
 

 


 

MIGP Support Agencies - Non Voting Members

Randy Hildreth
Area Director
USDA Rural Development
Humboldt

Cindy Schieber
Assistant Director
North Central Iowa SBDC
Fort Dodge

   
Scott Snider
Regional Economic Dev. Director
Alliant Energy
Centerville
Cliff Weldon
Executive Director
MIDAS Council of Governments
Fort Dodge
   

Sara Messerly
Regional Manager
Iowa Workforce Development
Fort Dodge

Don Woodruff
President
Woodruff Construction
Fort Dodge

   

Beth Conley
Clean Line Energy Partners
Des Moines

Jerry Chizek
Regional Extension Educational Director
Iowa State University Extension
Fort Dodge

   

James Patton
Rotary District 5970 Governer
Rockwell City

Lisa Shimkat
Director
North Central Iowa SBDC
Fort Dodge

   
   

Contact Us

Maureen Elbert,
Executive Director
106 S. Dodge Street
Suite 210
Algona, IA  50511
Ph: 515-295-7979
Fax: 515-295-8873
kcedc@kossuthia.com

Hours:
8:00-5:00 M-Thursday
8:00-2:00 Friday

 

 


 

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