In our ongoing effort of promoting job growth and economic development in Southeast Iowa, Restoring Iowa Jobs wants to give guest contributors a platform to talk about their organization or business on our blog.
This week’s guest contributor is Kiley Miller, Executive Vice President of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance!
The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Mount Pleasant and Henry County, Iowa through economic growth. In pursuit of that mission, the Alliance maintains powerful and agile business attraction, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support and advocacy programs.
Mount Pleasant and Henry County stand at the crossroads of two four-lane highways, U.S. 34 and U.S. 218/27, better known as the Avenue of the Saints. Thanks to these highways, our county is within one day’s haul of every major market in the Upper Midwest, from Minneapolis/Saint Paul in the north to Saint Louis in the south, Chicago and Indianapolis to the east and Omaha and Kansas City in the west. A local shortline railroad, matched with river and commercial air options in the region, bolster the transportation mix.
Mount Pleasant and Henry County also boast a deep and talented workforce and extremely low business costs. Thanks to these assets and the aforementioned transportation infrastructure, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance has succeeded in large employers such as Wal-Mart Distribution, MackayMitchell Envelope Co., and, more recently, West Liberty Foods, a major supplier to Subway Corp.
Businesses already operating in southeast Iowa benefit from Chamber Alliance support programs. The Alliance recently received a Business Retention & Expansion Award from the Professional Developers of Iowa for assisting plastics molder Nypro Kanaak Iowa in securing public assistance for a new rail spur. The award joins the inaugural Silver Shovel prize from the Iowa Area Development Group which we received in 2010 for excellence in economic development.
It is well documented that start-ups and young businesses are the key drivers of economic growth. Understanding this, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance offers consulting and financial programs for entrepreneurs. Thanks to a variety of low-interest loan funds and business competition, we have helped many small business owners gain both the money and the knowledge they need to turn dream into reality.
Finally, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance believes local, state and federal government can and should be a partner to business, rather than an adversary. We engage daily with city and county leaders and coordinate annual trips to Des Moines and Washington DC to share the needs and concerns of the local business community.
With the global economy operating faster than ever in the 21st century, collaboration is essential to success. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is proud to be a partner with every company—large and small—in the community, county, region and state. Visit our web site,www.growmountpleasantiowa.com, or call 319.385.3101 to speak to a member of our team.