Lee County EDG Announces Lee County 2023 - Forward Together

Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lee County, Iowa – September 18, 2018: The Lee County Economic Development Group established a capital campaign goal of $1,300,000 - $1,600,000 covering the next five years, to implement an aggressive public/private economic development initiative in Lee County.  Lee County EDG officially introduced its five-year strategic plan and campaign during the much-anticipated public kick-off event on Tuesday, September 18th.  

Campaign Co-Chairs Ann Menke, Matt Morris and Scott Smith announced that the campaign has already raised $875,000.00 (67% of goal) from 24 investors. 

“Lee County has experienced positive momentum over the past five years,” stated Matt Morris, Connection Bank. “While there is reason for optimism, we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas of our economic development efforts.”

Lee County faces challenges that need to be met with a bold action plan to further develop our economic base and create a vibrant future for Lee County. 
These include:
• Supporting existing industry expansion and retention
• Developing effective efforts to attract skilled workers and expand training for existing workforce
• Significantly expand outreach marketing of Lee County to new types of industries/technologies
• Focus resources on communicating with key stakeholders in Southeast Iowa

To meet these challenges LCEDG has put together a bold plan, Lee County 2023 – Forward Together, to capitalize on our current momentum.

“Lee County 2023 – Forward Together, isn’t just a campaign slogan, it represents a philosophy that we must embrace to ensure a bright and prosperous future for Lee County and Southeast Iowa. – Scott Smith, Frank Millard & Company.

Over the course of the breakfast, Lee County EDG shared details of their five-year program, which focus on business retention & expansion, labor force attraction & workforce development, new business attraction and internal operations & communications.

Through their five-year plan, Lee County EDG plans to enhance support for existing businesses and increase new business attraction, better prepare students and the workforce for careers in the area and increase employment opportunities for Lee County residents.

Ann Menke, Menke and Company, stated “We have a great team of leaders we are passionate about moving things forward. Lee County 2023 represents a positive, productive roadmap for future growth and prosperity in Lee County. However, we can only be successful if businesses and other stakeholders step forward and provide financial support as well.”

Interested in becoming an investor or have questions regarding Lee County EDG, contact Dana Millard at dmillard@leecountyedg.com with any questions.

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