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Hevern reports good things in economic development

September 19, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Lyle Hevern said in an update Monday to the Estherville City Council the area had a number of positive developments this month.

The Tradewinds Energy wind project is moving into a phase of its final leasing of land for the wind turbines.

Hevern said, "Getting into the electric grid has been one big challenge. The company will definitely have an idea of the cost by the end of this month."

After Tradewinds secures its space on the grid, it will enter the permitting process in Emmet, Dickinson and Clay counties.

The company still plans to begin construction sometime in 2019.

Hevern said he spoke with a prospective new company, a manufacturing plant that would bring six to eight good jobs to the area.

Hevern provided an update on the spec house in Meadows Subdivision: the foundation, crawlspace, garage and floor are done. Work is being completed on the driveway, with landscaping in progress, too.

The house is expected to arrive October 1. All the local realty offices are involved in marketing the house.

The Department of Defense project is still in progress, waiting for the lease from the government to the development company that will own the building.

The industrial park has had its survey for the layout of lots in it. Through an agreement, the Estherville Area Partnership for Growth, the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, and Cornbelt Power will each contribute one-third toward purchasing land and developing infrastructure on the land at the industrial park site.

The Corridor has brought in a financial tech company seeking equity financing. Hevern said they met with Jeff Robinson and plan to meet again. Hevern said the Corridor has local investors to potentially provide additional funding. The firm would bring in 18-20 tech and data entry jobs.

Studio 12 is hosting the Corridor's Prepare to Launch class, which is a 10-week program with nine entrepreneurs registered.

Hevern said conversations continue about developing the second stories of downtown buildings with rentals and single-family units in downtown Estherville.

Hevern works from an office inside the Estherville Chamber of Commerce Building.



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