Originally published in the Des Moines Register on October 2, 2015.
Southeast Iowa’s economic resurgence is a product of our area’s increased support of current and new businesses of all sizes. As businesses continue to locate to the Great River Region, we can ensure greater economic opportunity, provide quality employment, and support a new entrepreneurial culture and spirit in our communities.
While our little corner of Southeast Iowa encountered significant hardship during the recession, recent investment has safeguarded the economic viability of our area. New construction projects like Silgan Containers and Iowa Fertilizer in addition to expansion projects such as Winegard, Shearer’s Foods, and Pinnacle Foods have combined with small projects like the new facades in downtown Burlington and new business start-ups like Bella Regazza, Bark-n-Play, Majestic Estate, Barn on the Ridge, and my company, Energyficient Systems.
Increased economic opportunity has led to better futures for those who live and work in the Great River Region of Burlington, Fort Madison and Keokuk. As a member of our area’s business community, I am proud of the employers and entrepreneurs that take the risk, and in turn improve our economy and increase the quality of life for the members of our community. Thanks to the cooperation between the business community in our area, local and state officials, we hope to continue the economic resurgence of our area.
— Chad Palmer, president and CEO of Energyficient Systems, Inc., Co-Chair Entrepreneurship Committee of Greater Burlington Partnership