In another effort to support entrepreneurism and economic development in Webster City, the City Council approved a resolution last night adopting a community technology plan.
The community technology plan, a result of a recent assessment done in conjunction with Connect Iowa, focuses on two existing projects and three future priority projects. Here is a quick rundown:
- Creation of a new city website that will improve availability of online services and information.
- Evaluation of new online payment options that will provide affordable and secure alternatives for the community to make utility and other payments.
- Promote technology adoption by existing businesses to advance the use and availability of technology.
- Promote accessibility to broadband through the addition of more WiFi hotspots in strategic places and businesses in the community.
- Development and deployment of additional fiber redundancy to support the growing needs of technology based businesses.
Co-work space is coming soon and it’s another sign that entrepreneurism is alive and thriving in Webster City, Iowa.
Earlier this year the City adopted a new Entrepreneurial Communities Plan that looked to address major hurdles to entrepreneurial development and success, including access to capital, networks and technical support. One of several community projects identified was the creation of co-work space – a shared work environment that allows freelances, entrepreneurs, independent contractors and others to a physical location as well as access to a network of innovators that can often spur new business ideas.
In just a few short months since the plan was adopted the idea has caught fire and now a core group is leading a private sector campaign to create a co-work space to serve the needs of a grow base of Webster City area entrepreneurs. They envision a place where entrepreneurs can benefit from a physical location, networking opportunities amongst each other, and educational business programs.
Want to learn more or lend support to the development of this unique project? Read this.
Webster City Economic Development and the Webster City Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host a tour of available downtown building spaces tonight. The tour is meant to serve as an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses to see what’s available downtown in the hopes that these spaces can be filled with businesses that continue to grow the community.
For more information about the tour and the locations to be shown, check out the article in today’s Daily Freeman Journal.
We’re excited about today’s Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Buy Local workshop and the opportunity it presents to get the community buzzing about buying in the backyard.
To help promote our local businesses and the opportunities to buy local, we’re encouraging every0ne using Twitter to post tweets that include: #BuyWebCity
Using #BuyWebCity in your tweet is a form of placing a key word into your tweet can help make buying local stand out and may even help start a trending twitter topic. In sum, it’s a simple way you can help market buying local in Webster City.
Got a question about how your can use your social media to help market Webster City, Iowa? Email us for some answers.
The Dilema: Your business is ready to expand and its time to look for a building, but you don’t know the right place to look.
The Fix: Most economic developers in the State of Iowa utilize the Location One Information System (LOIS) to list available buildings in their communities. LOIS is a searchable database that allows you to look for buildings that fit specific parameters (see example below) 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 indepth information on utilities, taxes, costs of business, and community information.
How we help: To use LOIS from Webster City Economic Development’s website you can access our available buildings iframe from our “View Buildings & Sites” tab.
In the Swim at Fuller Hall
Aquatots: Register for the spring session of Aquatots today!
Aquatots is designed to acquaint infants & toddlers with the water and basic movements. It is not intended to teach children to swim. An adult is required to get in the water with the child.
April 1-17, Monday & Wednesday evenings for 3 weeks.
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Infant/Toddlers (6 mos. – 2 yrs.)
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Pre-schoolers (3 – 4 yrs.)
The fee for this program is $25.00 for WC residents and $29.00 for non-residents. Please call Fuller Hall at 832-9193 for more information.
Register for Spring Swim Team Practice
This is designed for structured practice swimming. Call 832-9193 for more information.
WHO: Youth ages 6 – 18, in Level 4 or above
DAY: Tuesday Nights
DATES: April 16th, 23rd, May 14th, 21st and 28th
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Fuller Hall Indoor Pool
Registration: Now- April 16th
A 109,000 square foot R&D facility will be on the market for sale or lease later this year. The building, which is owned by the City of Webster City, has been home to one of Electrolux’s research and development centers since 2010.
Iowa Workforce Development recently released its 2013 Laborshed Analysis for Hamilton County, including this executive summary for Webster City, Iowa. Click here to access more workforce data and full copies of the report at Webster City Economic Development’s webpage.
The workshop will focus on the critical components of the innovation cycle and sustainability, best practices, and how CIRAS and others can assist your company in succeeding with innovation and sustainability. Learn More.
The workshop is focused on helping business, vendors, farmer’s market participants and others to have knowledge for maintaining safe food and profitability.
For more information or to register, call 515-576-2119.
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.