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Washington County Cities are Growing

Pledge to WEDG

Thanks to those that have already made a pledge to WEDG for 2017-2019. We are 70% to our goal of $100k! To our existing investors - please consider re-affirming your pledge into the future. To our potential investors - please consider supporting WEDG to help us pursue our mission - Create & Promote an Environment for Economic Development.

WEDG is pleased to have Washington State Bank as one of our premier Platinum investors. Thanks to President/CEO, Steve Bohn and the WSB Board of Directors for your generous historical and future support!

Ed Raber and Steve Bohn

Here is a pledge card to save you looking through your mail.

Washington County Cities are Growing

All 8 Cities in Washington County are estimated by the US Census Bureau to be growing since 2010. That is impressive since only 243 out of 944 Cities in Iowa are estimated to be growing. That is only 26% growing and 74% declining.

City est 2016 2010 % change Num change
Ainsworth 584 567 3.00% 17
Brighton 659 655 0.60% 4
Crawfordsville 270 264 2.30% 6
Kalona 2,534 2,371 6.90% 163
Riverside 1,039 993 4.60% 46
Washington 7,424 7,270 2.10% 154
Wellman 1,424 1,411 0.90% 13
West Chester 148 146 1.40% 2


Underlying that growth are three important factors. Washington County has more births than deaths. In addition, Washington County has a positive migration flow, both domestically and internationally. More people are moving in to Washington County than moving out.

In fact, Washington County is one of only 13 counties in Iowa to have positive natural growth, and positive domestic and international migration, ranking 9th.

54 Iowa Counties had more births than deaths between 2010 and 2016. However, only 20 Counties had a positive migration flow (more people moving in than moving out). Most Iowa Counties are experiencing an exodus.

Below is a table showing the change in population of many cities in Iowa's Creative Corridor and in Southeast Iowa. Its a mixed bag of growth and decline throughout the region.

City est 2016 2010 % change Num change
Tiffin 3,006 1,947 54.40% 1,059
North Liberty 18,520 13,391 38.30% 5,129
Marion 38,480 35,141 9.50% 3,339
Iowa City 74,398 67,946 9.50% 6,452
Coralville 20,397 18,912 7.90% 1,485
Fairfield 10,206 9,466 7.80% 740
Lone Tree 1,388 1,302 6.60% 86
Cedar Rapids 131,127 126,441 3.70% 4,686
Williamsburg 3,179 3,068 3.60% 111
Monticello 3,836 3,784 1.40% 52
Muscatine 23,914 23,772 0.60% 142
Oskaloosa 11,523 11,502 0.20% 21
Tipton 3,217 3,221 -0.10% -4
Wayland 952 965 -1.30% -13
Burlington 25,277 25,625 -1.40% -348
Anamosa 5,430 5,537 -1.90% -107
Ottumwa 24,487 25,023 -2.10% -536
Vinton 5,143 5,257 -2.20% -114
Columbus Junction 1,848 1,896 -2.50% -48
Mount Pleasant 8,392 8,668 -3.20% -276
Sigourney 1,987 2,059 -3.50% -72
Richland 559 584 -4.30% -25
Keota 966 1,011 -4.50% -45

Data Source: US Census Bureau,

In fact, most economic trends in Washington County are positive. We have increasing:

  • Population
  • Laborforce
  • Jobs
  • Income
  • Retail Sales

Feel free to view/download this 4Mb pdf slide deck of economic data charts and graphs to learn more.



Spreading Washington County's Message

The 2nd Annual Washington County Luncheon for the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors is Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 11:30-1:00 at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort's Event Center.

This casual mixer event, hosted by WEDG, is a way to build professional networks across Johnson and Washington Counties. Anyone related to real estate, land development, mortgage lending, legal & abstracting, and home construction is encouraged to attend. Realtors eat free, everyone else is $20. But its a great lasagna buffet with two salads, so its worth it. Maybe 120 people.

What will you learn?

Hear 8-minute updates from the City Administrators of KalonaRiversideWashington and Wellman. Plus get our education picture from the Superintendents of HighlandMid-Prairie, and Washington Schools, and the 3-year old Kirkwood Washington Regional Center.

We all think that Washington County is a great opportunity for growth, for families, for innovative businesses, and an impressive list of Quality of Life amenities.

Want to know what was covered last year? Click here.

This isn't the only event to raise awareness about the opportunities around the fringe of the Creative Corridor. Last weekend, Jones County Development hosted their 2nd Tours of Opportunity in downtown Anamosa. Deals were made. People were impressed.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

City of Kalona
City of Riverside
City of Washington
City of Wellman
Highland Community School District
Mid-Prairie Community School District
Washington Community School District
Kirkwood Washington Regional Center
Elliott Realty Group
Golden Crest Realty
Home Team Advantage Realtors
Integrity Abstract Company
Washington Title & Guaranty Co.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
CBI Bank & Trust
Community 1st Credit Union
Federation Bank
Hills Bank and Trust
Washington State Bank


Modine announces plant closing in Washington

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Modine Manufacturing corporate officials from Racine, Wisconsin announced that their Washington plant would close within the next two years, affecting about 245 employees. Read their media release is here. Although no layoffs were announced at this time, the production lines from Washington would primarily be relocated to an existing Modine plant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a city of 375,000 on the Gulf coast that borders Texas, as well as to existing Modine plants in Jefferson City and Joplin, Missouri.

The Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG), along with its partner organizations, the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Washington and the City of Washington extends its sincere sympathies to the employees of Modine Manufacturing in Washington and to their families.  The announcement of the plant’s future closure was shocking and unexpected for our entire community.

Modine has operated the 157,500 s.f. plant in Washington since 1985, and has been a great working partner in the community over that long period.  Modine has been a leader in our region in quality assurance and in initiatives to create a positive business climate.  We are very sorry to see them go.

WEDG and its partner organizations are actively engaging Modine’s management and labor leaders, and vital regional partners such as IowaWORKS, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Alliant Energy, Kirkwood Community College, and others.  WEDG will arrange meetings in the near future with Modine and other partners to discuss Modine’s evolving plans and timelines, and our coordinated response.

We will also collaboratively develop plans to assist impacted employees, explore entrepreneurial ideas, find a new occupant for the facility, as well as continuing our work in supporting Washington County’s many successful established and start-up businesses.

The Washington Evening Journal ran a story on Friday, April 17 that gives an account of the business factors related to the closing. Read it here.


Annual Dinner & Pledge Drive

Kirkwood's Kierstan Peck & Tera PickensWEDG hosted our Annual Dinner on March 23rd, along with our sister organizations, the Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington. This was a great event at the Riverside Casino with 280 community and business leaders. We tried a new, fun format.

The WEDG Board of Directors awarded the new Kirkwood Washington Regional Education Center with the 2014 Harvey Holden Special Service Award. Tera Pickens and Kierstan Peck accepted the award for Kirkwood. 

The new Kirkwood Regional center is a game changer for students, employers, and the public in Washington County.

2014-2016 Pledge Drive

WEDG is proud to have leading businesses and local governments as investors, helping us to carry out our mission: To Create and Promote an Environment for Economic Development.

WEDG are celebrating our very successful 2014-2016 pledge drive, which raised almost $300,000 over three years.

If you would like add your name or business to our list of investors, click here for a pledge card. Thanks.

Our Platinum level investors provide 84% of WEDG's total funding. And 60% of our funding comes from our largest four investors. WEDG is very appreciative of their support. 

City of Washington • Washington County

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort • Washington State Bank

In addition to our regular investors that help us to run the organization, WEDG is very grateful for the occasional grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to help us pursue special projects.

PLATINUM ($1,000+ annually)

Alliant Energy
Community 1st Credit Union
Engineered Building Design, L.C.
Federation Bank
Freedom Security Bank and West Chester Savings Bank
Hills Bank and Trust
Hy-Vee Food Store
City of Kalona
MD Orthopaedics
Modine Manufacturing
City of Riverside
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
City of Washington
Washington County Board of Supervisors
Washington County Hospital & Clinics
Washington State Bank
City of Wellman

GOLD ($500+ annually)

Bazooka Farmstar
City of Brighton
Civco Medical Solutions
Cobb Oil
Carl Dallmeyer
DeLong Construction, Inc.
Eastern Iowa Light & Power/New Ventures
Greiner Buildings
Koller & Company, LLP & Blue Ribbon Bookkeeping
Keith & Sam Lazar
Marshall Furniture
McDonald’s/Creative Management, Inc.
Mose Levy Company, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network 

SILVER ($250+ annually)

Carl A. Nelson & Company
Community Medical Supply
Farm & Home Security Mutual Insurance Association
Golden Crest Realty
Harris and Harris Dental
Horak Insurance, Inc.
Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC
JET Physical Therapy
Kalona Organics
Kirkwood Community College
Latta, Harris, Hanon, & Penningroth, L.L.P.
Lloyd, McConnell, Davis & Lujan LLP
Steven Olson & Dr. Heather Heddens, DDS
Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy
Syngenta Seeds
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
Veenstra & Kimm
JW Vittetoe Pork
Washington Rotary Club
Wesley Halcyon House 

BRONZE ($100+ annually)

Archer Appliance & TV
Ed & Mary Brown
Ted Drain in memory of Mary Ann Drain
Gallagher Farms
James & Karen Gorham
Myron & Martha Graber
Ken & Rosemary Hanson
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Jones & Eden Funeral Home
Dr. Mike & Virginia Jorgensen
Kalona Cooperative Telephone
Krotz-Dieleman Dental Office
Joe & Marde McConnell
Virginia McCurdy Image Promotions & Tubador Enterprises
Don & Becky Patterson
Ed & Ericka Raber
Re/Max Affiliates
Ross Auto & Muffler
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors/Connie Larson
Robert & Ella May Ruppert
Nicole & Scott Slaubaugh
Statler Construction
TrueNorth Companies
Vetter’s Culligan Water
Dan Voss, Edward Jones Investments 

FRIEND OF WEDG ($35+ annually)

Mayor Sandra Johnson


Washington Comprehensive Plan Open House & Input Meeting - Thursday evening 

The City of Washington will hold a community meeting to discuss the comprehensive plan update on Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library (115 W Washington St). The event will start with an open house at 5:30, with a presentation and Q&A session from 6 - 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and participate!


Online information about the Citys planning process is available at
The comprehensive plan will provide a vision and guide for the next 20 years of growth and change in Washington.  The plan will cover transportation, economic development, housing, land use, parks, natural resources, and more.  The City of Washington and project consultants from RDG Planning and Design will present preliminary concepts that show what Washington's land use and transportation network could look like in 2032.  The public will be invited to refine the work completed to date and provide guidance on the goals of the plan.  Your feedback is essential!

The comprehensive plan update began in October 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2012.  A 25-member committee of Washington residents is directing the efforts of Washington city staff and project consultants RDG Planning and Design.
There are several other comprehensive plans in Washington County that have been completed recently, including Washington County (assisted by ECICOG) and the City of Kalona (assisted by RDG).