The Chamber recently held its annual meeting. The main focus was on the activities and accomplishments of the Chamber in 2013.
The Chamber hosted ribbon cutting events at the following businesses and community facilities: Adel Aquatic Center, Al Dente Toffee, Animal Hospital of Adel, Anytime Fitness, Casey’s, Lincoln Savings Bank and Mike’s Adel Power.
Nine Chamber businesses hosted nine Adel After Hours events.
In addition to hosting the 34th Annual Sweet Corn Festival, 19th Annual Business Holiday Open House and seventh Annual All Iowa Wine Festival, the Chamber sponsored the first Free Friday Summer Concert Series. These events were very popular, and we are excited to offer them again this summer. Watch for more details next month.
The Chamber became active in the City of Adel’s Economic Development Commission, participating in the development of the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan.
We also talked about business growth, expansion, and community growth for 2013. Four new businesses opened, at least nine local business expanded and 47 new homes were built
Looking ahead to 2014, more growth and change is on the way. Design work has begun on the Downtown Façade project. This is a $1 million project that will provide a face-lift for 21 downtown buildings using funds from a grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority along with funding from the city and each participating building. Behind-the-scenes work will continue throughout the spring. Construction is expected to begin this summer with substantial construction completion expected in late fall. The Chamber is acting as project manager and will be overseeing the project.
There is also a significant number of new residential construction planned for 2014. New construction will bring new families to town and a need for more classrooms at all area schools, as well as other improvements. After a presentation from ADM Superintendent Greg Dufoe and school board member Bart Banwart at a recent meeting, the Chamber board voted to support the upcoming Feb. 4 bond issue. More information on the bond referendum is available on the school’s website (http://www.adel.k12.ia.us/).
Adel is headed in the right direction, and the Chamber is excited to be part of the community’s continued growth and development.