GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR WCF FINANCIAL BANK

WCF Financial Bank Ground BreakingThe official ground breaking was held on April 16th, 2014 for the new WCF Financial Bank building on the corner of Superior and Fair Meadow Drive in Webster City.  A nice crowd was on hand despite gusty winds.  If you would like to watch a video of the ceremony you can go here to our Facebook page.  Congratulations to WCF Financial Bank!

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WCF FINANCIAL BANK TO BREAK GROUND APRIL 16TH

WCF Financial BankWCF Financial Bank (formerly Webster City Federal Savings Bank) announced this week that they will break ground on their new facility on April 16th at 4:00 pm. The new bank will be located on Fair Meadow Drive.

This is a major new investment in the community. According to Steve Mourlam, Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, “The new facility reflects our strong commitment to the future of Webster City and surrounding communities.” WCF Financial Bank has assets in excess of $113 million and is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

In addition to the new facility, the administration office of the Webster City Community School District will be relocating to the current bank location on the corner of Des Moines and Division streets once the new bank is complete. The administration office has been in the old Lawn Hill Elementary building for several years. That building will be repurposed for other use within the school district.

Webster City has several additional acres available for retail development. Please contact Bill Demuth to learn more! Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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CITY OF WEBSTER CITY: TREE CITY USA RECIPIENT

Wayne & Ann Fuhlbrugge, representing Webster City and Paul Tauke, State Forester

Wayne & Ann Fuhlbrugge, representing Webster City and Paul Tauke, State Forester

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Webster City has received the 2013 Tree City USA award 24th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on April 3, 2014.

State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.” The City of Webster City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.

Webster City was one of 69 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements: 1) The city must possess either a city forester or an active city tree board, 2) The city must have a tree ordinance, 3) The city must annually spend at least $2 per capita for its community forestry program.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 Around Webster City, Iowa, Iowa News, Local Business News, Recreation Comments Off

LOIS IS HERE FOR YOU

Location One Information SystemIf you’re in the market for a building in Iowa, then you should connect with LOIS!

Location One Information System (LOIS) lists available buildings in Iowa communities. LOIS is a searchable database that allows you to look for buildings that fit specific parameters such as location, size, type of building, zoning, rail access, and etc.

Once you’ve entered in your search criteria, you’ll get back a list of buildings that meet your specifications. And, for each building you’ll be able to look at in-depth information on utilities, taxes, costs of business, and community information.

To use LOIS from Webster City Economic Development’s website you can access our available buildings from our “View Buildings & Sites” tab.

Please contact Bill Demuth to find out more about LOIS and the buildings we have to offer!  Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Friday, March 28th, 2014 Economic Development, Site Selection Iowa Comments Off

BOTTOM LINE ADVANTAGES

Webster City's Business AdvantagesWebster City offers business advantages that make a difference to the bottom line! Along with being in Iowa, which has the second lowest cost of doing business in the U.S., we are perfectly positioned in a central location with an abundance of transportation options, making it an easy place to distribute product!

Webster City also offers key advantages in the areas of corporate income tax, property and sales, or use tax, refundable research and development tax credits, investment tax credits, and a strong available workforce! More details about our business advantages are available here.

Please contact Bill Demuth to find out how we can strengthen your bottom line! Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Friday, March 21st, 2014 Economic Development Comments Off

STAYING CONNECTED

Connect Iowa PresentationIn October 2013, Webster City became the second community in the state, and eighth in the nation, to achieve the official “Connected Community” certification from Connect Iowa, who in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, is working to ensure that all can experience the benefits of broadband. As of the end of February 2014, there are now four Connected Communities in the state.

This program promises to bring technology readiness and greater economic development opportunities to Webster City. Our community currently offers high speed internet availability to individuals and businesses. The City’s investment in a fiber loop several years ago connecting government, schools and businesses was an early statement to the importance of being connected!

Please contact Bill Demuth to learn more about our Connected Community! Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Friday, March 14th, 2014 Economic Development, Iowa News, Uncategorized, Webster City News Comments Off

109,000 SQUARE FEET OF POSSIBILITIES!

Drew Davis from CoStarOn February 27th, Drew Davis from CoStar Group, Inc. was in Webster City gathering information, images and video of the former Beam Research and Assembly facility. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information.

This 109,000 sq. ft. building has enormous possibilities. The building was repurposed as a research and development facility for Electrolux’s laundry division and over $4 million was invested to improve the facility for R&D operations. The assessed value of the building is $2.4 million. (See additional images below)  Now that the updated information has been loaded into the CoStar system, interested parties can tour the facility virtually from anywhere in the world!

The City of Webster City owns this property and we are prepared to move forward immediately with an aggressive proposal.

Please contact Bill Demuth to learn more about this or any of our available properties! Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 Available Buildings, Economic Development, Featured Buildings Iowa Comments Off

WATER TO SPARE

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAWebster City is well positioned for future growth thanks in part to a new well that began serving the community in early 2014.

From an economic development standpoint, we understand that an ample water supply is important to business operations and employee productivity. Therefore, Webster City’s excess capacity of 2,000,000 gallons per day is an asset to leverage for future growth.   Our new well, known as Well #8, is 1920 feet deep and will produce up to 1880 gallons per minute. Its source is the Jordan Aquifer, which is high in iron and manganese. It is also high in natural fluoride. The softening process used at the water plant removes almost all the iron and manganese and reduces the amount of fluoride in the water to an optimum level for the protection of teeth. The new well was paid for with bond proceeds, a well reserve surcharge and capitol improvement funds.

Well #8 is one of three wells that serve the community, and since they all reach deep into the Jordan Aquifer, regional droughts have no affect on our water supply. Our wells and our entire water system continue to be in compliance with all DNR regulations.

IMG_0092To learn more about our water and sewer capacity, please contact Bill Demuth. Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 Economic Development Comments Off

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

The cameras will be rolling in Webster City during the week of February 24th as CoStar Group Inc.  comes to town to film the former Beam Research and Assembly facility. 8This 109,000 sq. ft. building has enormous possibilities, and once the CoStar video is complete, interested parties will be able to tour the facility virtually from anywhere in the world!

The City of Webster City owns this property, and we are prepared to move forward immediately with an aggressive proposal.

Please contact Bill Demuth to learn more about this or any of our other available properties! Call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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Friday, February 21st, 2014 Available Buildings, Economic Development, Featured Buildings Iowa Comments Off

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT LEADING TO SUCCESSFUL GROWTH IN WEBSTER CITY

mertz cropped157wWhen Chris Anderson purchased Mertz Engineering Company in 2004 he brought his entrepreneurial spirit with him! The plan was to continue to keep the customer as the top priority as well as plot a course for the future.

Mertz Engineering Company has a long history in Webster City. Harry J. Mertz started building plastic and metal parts back in the 1940’s. Over the years the company has continued to grow and expand. In the last 10-years they have more than doubled their workforce and increased sales significantly. Mertz recently acquired Webster City Machine and have purchased another local building for future expansion.

Our team is here to help fuel your entrepreneurial spirit with an arsenal of Local Business Services. Let Bill Demuth go to work for you! Feel free to call 515-822-2330 or email bdemuth@webstercity.com today!

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ABOUT WEBSTER CITY, IOWA

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS EXPANDING, RELOCATING OR JUST STARTING UP, WEBSTER CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS HERE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE THAT WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS COMPLETE GLOBALLY.

OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDES SERVICES RANGING FROM SITE SELECTION ASSISTANCE TO ENERGY MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS. AND, THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING.

HERE, IN WEBSTER CITY, IOWA, YOU'LL FIND AN AVAILABLE & SKILLED WORKFORCE, BUSINESS COSTS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, BUILDING SPACES & INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT LONG TERM GROWTH, AND BUSINESS SAVVY LEADERSHIP.

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR INNOVATION IN WEBSTER CITY, IOWA.

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