When I applied for the job of starting up an economic development program in rural Wisconsin I was as green as could be in this world. My first day on the job, the Great Recession was declared and the Dow dropped about 700 points. There was economic carnage everywhere.
My kind of startup.
Our brand new
Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation (ICAEDC) set out to
find new opportunities in this difficult environment and we did it.
What worked was our focus on entrepreneurship and helping existing businesses grow.
A new report I'm
now circulating to our ICAEDC Board identifies at least 60 new jobs our
group is being credited with helping develop. We are also credited with
supporting the development of Barneveld's amazing new business park which has just attracted a planned 28 good new jobs to Iowa County.
Photo is from the groundbreaking last week of Bio-Vet's new facility in the new Barneveld Business Park. Bio-Vet is a globally relevant, life sciences research and technology company we are thrilled to welcome to Iowa County.
Here is what past Barneveld Village President Mike Peterson had to say about our ICAEDC support for Barneveld:
"Rick Terrien and the Iowa County EDC have been a valuable resource in
helping the Village of Barneveld develop our new Business Park. As Village President, I often called
Rick for continuing updates and information about economic development news and
opportunities. This was a great value to me and the Village of Barneveld."
you Mike, and thank you Barneveld. My focus has always been
entrepreneurship. Barneveld is so strategically located it jumps off
the page with possibilities for entrepreneurs to grow.
think economic development emerges from strategies and actions that
make the whole place increasingly entrepreneurial. Everyone should have opportunities. Among those 88 jobs developed and attracted, we're counting 32 new jobs for people with disabilities, now working at the amazing Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen.
We've helped great new local businesses open in our
downtowns. We've helped our existing local businesses grow. We've nurtured many
new startups and helped launch some of the coolest new rural economic
development stories in the country. I'm very proud of these results.
Other Iowa County Area Economic Development success stories circulating on the news feed at our home page.
Original article about Bio-Vet in Dodgeville Chronicle
Pictured in photo (l to r) is Scott Leahy, Barneveld
Village President, Bill Zimmer President of Bio-Vet, and Rick Terrien.
Photo credit for this shot goes to former Village of Barneveld
President Mike Peterson. Thanks Mike. Beautiful Blue Mound State Park
is in the background. One of 3 wonderful state parks in Iowa County,
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