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City group seeking housing information

Monday, August 17, 2009


Have you had a house for sale for the past few months with few prospects?

Have you thought about finding that smaller home to retire in, but do not believe this is the economy to sell your larger home?

Have you wanted to make improvements to your rental property, but questioned what type of return you will get on your investment?

The Cherokee Mayor and City Council, the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, and the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) firmly believe this is the time to take action to help our community grow.

All three organizations are being contacted by new and prospective employees of Tyson Deli and other major employers of Cherokee seeking housing alternatives. Most are looking for safe, modest housing.

Since January 1, 2009 Tyson has hired more than 100 new employees. According to General Manager, Jerry Menke, an additional 100 employees could be hired by December 31, 2009. Many of these new employees are being recruited from a former Tyson plant in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

These are proven, hard-working employees who would like to make the move but are facing difficulties finding suitable rental housing for their family. Other prospective employees are coming from Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and other Midwestern states. Many prefer renting, at least temporarily, while becoming familiar with northwest Iowa and Cherokee. But once located in Cherokee, we all know that our school system, parks, community facilities and community events will convince nearly all to make Cherokee their new permanent home.

If your house is for sale and vacant, but without any prospects, you are encouraged to consider making it available for rent. The more prospective new citizens find housing in Cherokee, the more demand will increase for homes to purchase, as well as rent. Short term rental agreements, with options to purchase, will turn over into firm sales of housing units.

Once a new family moves into Cherokee, they quickly fall in love with the community, our school system, parks, recreational and health facilities. Real estate demand will increase dramatically if we are able to find temporary, start-up housing for the many new employees of our major industries and businesses.

If you have a house for sale or rent, please contact your local realtor, Cherokee City offices, the Chamber of Commerce or the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.

Please feel free to contact Mayor Pam Pierce at 225-5749 (City Hall), CAEDC Director Mark Buschkamp at 225-5739, or Chamber Director Julie Hering- Kent at 225-6414 for more information.

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