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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.



Pledge to WEDG

We are reaching out to you about making an investment contribution to support the Washington Economic Development Group. Our 2017-2019 Pledge Goal is $100,000 annually for a 3-year campaign goal of $300,000.  This funding allows us to continue our mission; to create and promote an environment for Economic Development.

We are most appreciative of our investors from 2014-2016! Thank You to those businesses, individuals, and local governments!

And thanks to Federation Bank for being our first pledge in our 2017-2019 campaign! Federation Bank is a longtime Platinum-level investor in WEDG. Pictured below are Lynn Koch, Senior Lender & WEDG Board Director; WEDG Director Ed Raber; and bank CEO Jaimie Collier.

Washington County has blossomed into one of the most dynamic, innovative, entrepreneurial, and growing areas in Iowa. Year over year increases in population, labor force, jobs, family income, retail sales, renewable energy, and our distinctive agriculture sector have all set Washington County apart as a special, unique place. WEDG is proud to be an important part of fostering this growth and innovation.

Informed by those economic trends, WEDG works with existing business and industry, entrepreneurs, on workforce development, community development, and regional engagement. WEDG is a “Connector” organization.

Please consider clicking, printing, and completing the following Pledge Card by the end of May. Get it back to us at 205 W. Main St., Washington IA 52353. Your financial support will make a difference in Washington County. We need your help!

We would also like you to share your thoughts with us in a brief on-line WEDG Stakeholder Survey.

If you have any questions or would like a personal visit to discuss WEDG and our pledge campaign, please feel free to contact any of the Board of Directors or Ed Raber, the Executive Director. Thanks!


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


WEDG 2014-2016 Pledge Drive

WEDG is a small, non-profit organization with a small budget but a big impact. Every three years, WEDG reaches out to do a 3-year pledge drive.

After a few months of reaching out, WEDG has received 92% of its goal of $100,000 in annual pledges for 2014-2016. Thanks to all the past and new investors that have helped us get this far.

We are hoping that you will consider making an investment in our organization and mission, and help us to reach our goal.

75% of WEDG's funding comes from a (growing) list of Platinum investors that contribute $1,000 or more each year. In fact, over 65% of WEDG's funding comes from four important contributors - The City of Washington, Washington County, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, and Washington State Bank. Thanks!

However, we can't reach our goal without a long list of other businesses, individuals, and cities that make annual contributions from $100 to $1,000. We would love to have you on our list of investors, and each pledge is important and appreciated.

2014-16 WEDG Pledges so far (hopefully without error)...  Many thanks to those already on our list. If you don't see your name here, we hope to add you to the list by the end of June. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have questions.

PLATINUM - $1,000+ annually

Alliant Energy
City of Kalona
City of Riverside
City of Washington
City of Wellman
Community 1st Credit Union - NEW
Engineered Building Design
Federation Bank
Hills Bank & Trust
MD Orthopaedics
Modine Manufacturing - NEW
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Washington Co Board of Supervisors
Washington County Hospital & Clinics
Washington State Bank
West Chester Savings Bank & Freedom Security Bank

GOLD - $500+ annually

City of Brighton
Civco Medical Solutions
Cobb Oil Co, Inc
Carl Dallmeyer
DeLong Construction, Inc
Eastern Iowa Light & Power - New Ventures
Keith & Sam Lazar
Marshall Furniture
McDonald's/Creative Management, Inc.
Mose Levy Company Inc

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

SILVER - $250+ annually

JET Physical Therapy
Lloyd, McConnell, Davis & Lujan
Community Medical Supply
Farm & Home Security Mutual Ins
Golden Crest Realty
Harris & Harris Dental
Horak Insurance, Inc
Iowa Renewable Energy - NEW
JW Vittetoe Pork, LTD - NEW
Kalona Organics
Kirkwood Community College
Carl A. Nelson & Company
Steve Olson & Dr. Heather Heddens
Syngenta Seeds, Inc
Town & Country Veterinary
Washington Rotary Club

Wesley Halcyon House - NEW

BRONZE - $100+ annually

Ed & Mary Brown
Joe & Marde McConnell
VA McCurdy Impage Promotions/Tubador Enterprises
Edward Jones Investments
Gallagher Farms
In Memory of Mary Ann Drain
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation - NEW
Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company
Krotz-Dieleman Dental Office
Ross Auto & Muffler
Statler Construction, Inc.
True North Companies
Jim & Karen Gorham
Myron Graber - NEW
Ken & Rosemary Hanson
Mike & Virginia Jorgensen
John & Karen Moenck
Don & Becky Patterson - NEW
Ed & Ericka Raber
Bob Ruppert

Nicole & Scott Slaubaugh - NEW

FRIENDS - $35+ annually

Sandra Johnson

If you'd like to check out our investors in our 2011-2013 Pledge campaign, click here.