It is that time of the year when we look to the citizens and businesses of Cherokee County to help Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation gather the funds necessary to continue to offer the support and services to help local business ventures, expansions and entrepreneurs achieve business success.
Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation is many times the silent partner working in the background unable to announce what it is doing because the information it is working very diligently on is confidential and would be jeopardized if released for public knowledge. Many wheels are turning at any time with businesses that are looking to create larger facilities, expand production and workforce. Sometimes these plans do not go as planned and end up not happening at all. But there is always the possibility that the many hours filling out forms, meeting deadlines, talking with state officials and business partners will pay off in a big way and create a new business or the expansion of an existing business.
Every year CAEDC administers the Intermediary Relending Program Loans that help many local businesses to find the last piece in the financial package to make their business dreams a reality. Sometimes that dream is merely to keep the doors open and retain jobs for their employees and other times it is to add jobs and build a larger more expansive business, taking it to the next level. At this point CAEDC has loaned out almost half a million dollars to Cherokee County businesses through this USDA program.
This past year CAEDC played a vital role in the retention of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute as the State Department of Human Services took a comprehensive look at all State MHI's. Director of CAEDC, Mark Buschkamp, attended every meeting held throughout the state, looking at what all the other institutions where doing and how they presented themselves to the Task Force. Meetings where held, letters of support where gathered, many State Senators and Representatives where contacted, a bus trip was held with key people from Cherokee County present to talk directly to DHS representatives and the legislature at the State Capitol in Des Moines.
CAEDC asks that you consider monetary support to this vital organization as we continue to be the champions for growth and development of Cherokee County.
To give your support you may contact anyone on our Board: Mark Hecox, President; Terry Graybill, Vice-President; Matt Mongan, Treasurer; Brian Freed, Secretary; Al Vasher, Marcus; Stan Remington, County-at-Large; Scott Jones, Cleghorn; Mike Dunn, Meriden; Curtis Cockburn, Quimby; Eric Goettsch, Washta; Andy Carlson, County-at-Large; Ramona Nitz, Cherokee; Linda Burkhart, Cherokee; Les Todd, Aurelia; and Tim Haupert, Cherokee or send a check to CAEDC, 418 W. Cedar St., Ste B, Cherokee, IA 51012.