Opinion

Every little bit helps.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It is encouraging and refreshing to see more than usual State dignitaries filter through Cherokee County, leading us to the conclusion that CAEDC Director Bill Anderson may have something to do with it.

A humble grinder with an innate Iowa work ethic obviously cultivated by sound “schoolhousin,’” Anderson is adept at his job by keeping his eyes on the prize while retaining focus on the periphery.

A former State Senator with fast friends in the Legislature and around the State, Anderson his various contacts with those that can, and they seem to be paying dividends for renewed attention and regional notoriety here.

Of course major critical developments such as the expansion and growth of Foundation Analytical lab in Cherokee, the announced future opening of Lopez Foods in the former shuttered meat processing plant here, the WITCC and local business/industry Cherokee Promise initiative, Little Sioux Corn Processors, Glaciers Edge Wind Farm, Staples, Simonsen Mfg., area schools’ IT (most notably MMCRU) and FFA programs, RJ Thomas global products, technical advances and acclaim, savvy City and County management, and our communities’ resilience in the face of frequent, damaging flooding and loss of major retailers, make Cherokee County worth paying attention to!

But as Neil Young warbled Rust Never Sleeps, Anderson and his invested CAEDC Board, along with the CIC, CDC, and City and County officials, keep tilling the soil seeking a harvest that would positively impact and activate an economic vibrancy in the Cherokee area.

Showing off our best and brightest to any and all in authority is our shortcut to success. And to his credit and our benefit, Anderson knows this, relishes this, and practices this every day on the job.

My, my…hey, hey…