Warren County can be one of many first to hitch a proposed financial growth district in central Iowa after passing a decision voicing assist for its creation.
The Board of Supervisors, which now consists of newly sworn in District 3 Supervisor Darren Heater, voted unanimously to move a decision to assist the creation of an financial growth district (EDD) in Central Iowa which would come with Boone, Dallas, Story, Jasper, Polk, Marion and Warren counties. Warren County is the primary authorities entity to formally categorical assist via laws for the creation of the EDD.
Gunnar Olson, Andrew Collings, and Todd Ashby with the Des Moines Space Metropolitan Planning Group, introduced the proposal to Indianola Metropolis Council on Jan. 4 and Collings alone introduced it to the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 5.
Central Iowa is the one area of the state with out an EDD designation by the U.S. Financial Growth Administration. It’s now certified for the designation due to the nationwide state of emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Iowa has not certified for this designation since 2008.
Financial Growth Districts are designated by the U.S. EDA to areas of financial misery. This designation is supposed to assist the area acquire financial resiliency and assist its member communities.
Collings mentioned the advantages of becoming a member of an EDD can be having access to extra pure catastrophe reduction, comparable to $470,000 in no-match CARES Act federal funds that central Iowa missed out on.
He mentioned the district would additionally assist with the applying and administration of grants, determine funding alternatives at varied ranges of presidency and fill gaps in funding by supporting tasks on behalf of communities.
On the regional degree, the proposed EDD would require a Complete Financial Growth Technique (CEDS) to catalogue precedence tasks and enhance their competitiveness in grant purposes and assist present growth plans.
“It’s not meant to exchange what’s already been performed. It’s extra of a solution to take all of the planning that’s been performed in varied communities and put it collectively,” Collings mentioned.
Moreover creating the CEDS, the proposed EDD would wish the assist of all counties throughout the financial growth space, obtain state approval by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and native match funds for the planning grant. The Des Moines Space Metropolitan Planning Group would additionally must create a method so as to add non-public illustration to the EDD exterior of the federal government members.
Collings mentioned that with out county assist and membership, cities cannot be part of the EDD.
“My concern can be being part of it with Polk County,” Warren County Supervisor Crystal McIntyre mentioned.
She expressed issues that Warren County wound be neglected in an financial growth entity that included Polk County as a result of the neighboring county to the north would obtain extra grants and extra consideration resulting from its larger inhabitants. Nonetheless, McIntyre did vote in favor of the idea.
DeKock mentioned he shared McIntyre’s reservation but additionally voted in favor. He mentioned he supported the EDD as a result of he seen no draw back to becoming a member of. He mentioned if the EDD finally ends up being a burden, or the county would not see a profit, it might go away.
Collings mentioned McIntyre’s issues weren’t unusual, however there are a lot of of those EDDs, in locations like Omaha and Waterloo, whose surrounding communities nonetheless see the advantages.
Not like the the county supervisors, the Indianola Metropolis Council took no motion, however many did categorical curiosity in becoming a member of the proposed EDD.
“It is actually a profit to our group and our area, particularly with all the pieces we’ve got happening,” mentioned Metropolis Supervisor Ryan Waller.
Collings mentioned the following step is to proceed assembly with different authorities entities across the proposed district and acquire their assist.