Hancock County on economic development radar

Allen Eden, president of the Original Company at Britt gives Debi Durham (right), Director of the Iowa Econoimc Development Authority, a tour of the plant on April 4. Also pictured:Beth Balzer.

Photo courtesy of Jill Kramer

Durham spoke before an audience of about 200 at the 2018 Hancock County Ecomonic Development Inc. annnual meeting and banquet. The event was held at the Duncan Community Center.

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

DUNCAN – Hancock County is “on the radar” for economic development, according to Debi Durham. Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, was the guest speaker at Hancock County Economic Development Inc. annual meeting, April 5 at Duncan.

Earlier in the day, Durham toured six businesses: Communications 1, Stellar Industries, Plas-Tech Tooling, in Garner; Marting /Smidley Manfacturing, UniCover and the Original Saw Company in Britt.

“I have to tell you…Hancock County is a Mecca of manufacturing. It’s amazing what you’re doing here! The skills set …the tool and dye…the level of machinists that you have. Those are true craftsmen!” she stated.

“I see opportunities even when there are challenges,” Durham continued. When Gov. Reynolds came in, she came in with an agenda of building a better Iowa. Taking Iowa from where it was and looking at what’s next over the horizon.”

 “It’s all about connecting our people, right?”

Durham said Hancock County businesses and industries have a great partner in North Iowa Area Community College for employees to receive the training and skill sets, “so they can provide for their families.”

“At the heart of any economic development policy, it’s about raising the standard of living for Iowans,” she said. “If you look at the economic impact we have around the world, we’re pretty mighty on the world stage.”

Read the complete story in the April 11 Leader.