GEDC focuses on Galva's growth
By Dan Whitney, Staff Writer
The Galva Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1999 by a diverse group of community-minded individuals whose primary focus was to assist with economic development in and around the community of Galva.
Some of GEDC's original goals were to stimulate the growth of the town's business sector; revitalize Main Street; acquire a tract of land for new housing; promote existing businesses in Galva; develop an industrial park; and support community wide events.
Many of GEDC's initial goals have been achieved, and significant progress has been made on other projects through the ongoing efforts of volunteer members...
... Here are just a few examples of the growth of Galva in the last decade:
1) Quad County Corn Processors ethanol plant, Air Liquide Industrial , a CO2 and dry ice manufacturing facility, and Maple River Energy, LLC , a soybean crush plant and bio-diesel manufacturing facility, have all moved into the 102-acre industrial park south of town
2) Galva Holstein Ag, LLC installed Ida County's first E85 retail fuel site south of Galva in 2005 and Iowa's first blender pump in 2008
3) American National Bank will be breaking ground on a new, state-of-the-art bank on Main Street in 2010 (see article on page 10)
4) A 13-acre housing subdivision has been completed, with 24 lots for sale for $1 (certain restrictions apply). Road work in the addition has been completed, and sewer and water are available. Four new families now live in South View Addition, with more to come...
(This sign at the entrance of the South View Addition indicates which lots have been sold and which are still available for purchase)
Welcome to the neighborhood!
... South View Addition currently has four homes which have been built and have families living in them....
Local native Kelsey Vogt returned to Galva and opened her restaurant and bar, TH3, in April of 2009.
Kelsey, who graduated from Galva-Holstein High School in 2008, worked as a waitress at the Galva Restaurant as a teenager, then later worked as a cook at The Udder Place Restaurant in Holstein. She attended college for a time at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City and worked at Sally's Beauty Supply in Sioux City, but her desire has always been to operate a restaurant. The opportunity arose a little over a year ago, when the Galva Restaurant sold off the part of its business which had been the bar. Vogt purchased the building and had it re-modeled. The new business now has seating for 46 people in a cafe and also has a bar.
The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches and burgers, broasted chicken, Philly Steak, Shrimp and appetizers, including home-made "onion strings." They also have a Kids' Menu and a special Mexican Night on Thursday and All-You-Can Eat Fish Fry (Alaskan Pollock) on Fridays.
Vogt said they plan to add other "special nights" as time goes on.
Kelsey (left) is the owner and manager of TH3, and Taylor Iron Shell (right) is the cook.
In case you were wondering, the name TH3 stands for "Tow Head 3."
A family friend has always called Kelsey's dad Mark "Tow Head," and he then started calling Kelsey's older sister Kayla (now Kayla Rohlk) "TH2." Kelsey, the youngest daughter, was "TH3," the third of three "tow heads" (that's another name for a blonde, for those of you who may not have known that) in her family - hence the name of the restaurant.
... American National Bank in Galva is one of the branch banks of the Holstein ANB, along with ANB banks in Kingsley, Pierson, Moville and Sac City. The Galva branch , which was previously United Bank, opened in 1994, and has been housed in the Main Street building which previously housed the United Bank. That will change, though, as the Galva bank will soon be breaking ground for a new building.
Marty Boyle, ANB Vice President and Branch Manager in Galva, said the change will be very welcome, as the new building will have more space than their current building and have a drive-up window for customers, a basement, and be handicap-accessible - all things which don't exist at their current location ...
...The new bank will be located just south of the elevator and will be built by H & H Builders from Kingsley. The building, like many other projects in the area, has been delayed by the winter weather, but at this time, said Boyle, the groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for the early part of this month, and they hope to be in the new building by early December...
(ANB Galva Branch Mgr. Marty Boyle is shown in this photo)
... H & H Builders of Kingsley will be in charge of the construction of the new ANB facility in Galva on this site, just south of the grain elevator.