Urbandale Business Connection
The City of Urbandale and Urbandale Chamber of Commerce create a custom publication each month for the Business Record. The two-page publication features Urbandale businesses, initiatives, and information important to the business community. Access archived editions of the Business Connection.
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Economic Development Updates
March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Information Sources and Programs
The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on our health systems and the economy. Many at the federal, state, county, and local levels are working tirelessly to address the current issues and plan for the future challenges that await. As a part of your local economic development team, we want to keep you up to date on business assistance programs to take advantage of if your situation requires such assistance. We are partnering with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to lead our regional response and outreach during these challenging business activity times. The following is a list of information sources and programs to make you aware of.
Iowa Small Business Relief Fund
On March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to Iowa businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is NOT first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), will be reviewed for consideration. Please review the required documents before starting the online application. Click here to learn more and apply.
SBA Issues Disaster Declaration
The SBA issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of March 21, 2020. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Applications available through the SBA’s website.
The SBA’s Iowa office is holding webinars to provide an overview of the assistance available to Iowa small businesses. The next is Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Join at https://meet.lync.com/sba123/tdlentel/FKK1FR1Y
There will be a visual presentation, but you can join by audio only at (202) 765-1264 using ID# 480330157#
Greater Des Moines Partnership COVID-19 webpage
The Partnership will be consolidating much of the business resources available on their website COVID-19 page. It will be updated frequently with business related COVID-19 information.
DSM Employment Ready Initiative
The Greater Des Moines Partnership launched the DSM Employment Ready initiative to assist businesses in need of immediate temporary workers and employees who have been impacted due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative, The Partnership will maintain a list of Greater Des Moines (DSM) companies looking to rapidly hire for open positions, as well as serve as a resource for employers and employees with up-to-date information relating to State and Federal assistance programs.
Urbandale Chamber E-Commerce Site
The Urbandale Chamber launched https://centraliowa.shopwhereilive.com in an effort to drive business into the doors of our small businesses. The site is a fully functional e-commerce site that allows businesses, not only the opportunity to be listed, but to actually receive orders to generate much-needed dollars during a time when cash flow is needed.
All businesses, not just chamber members, are able to set up a shop to sell gift cards. This is our way of supporting all businesses in Central Iowa.
May 28, 2019 - DeJong to Join the City of Urbandale as Assistant Director of Economic Development
Urbandale, IA – Aaron DeJong (dee-YOUNG) will join the City of Urbandale team as Assistant Director of Economic Development in July.
A native of Newton, Iowa, Aaron attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Economic Development. He received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Iowa. Aaron worked for the cities of Coralville and Dubuque in Iowa. In Dubuque, he led efforts to redevelop and revitalize historic districts and buildings downtown which helped support the successful investment and job creation of IBM in that city.
In 2012, DeJong assumed the role of Director of Economic Development in the City of Louisville, Colorado (population 21,000) which is located between Denver and Boulder. In Louisville, he managed the economic development activities of this growing suburban city including business retention and expansion, redevelopment and new investment recruitment.
“Aaron made his mark on Iowa economic development with his role in Dubuque’s successful recruitment of IBM to our state,” said Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development Curtis Brown. “I am pleased we are able to return his talent to Iowa to support Urbandale’s economic development and continued investment in the Urban Loop.”
DeJong will begin his work in mid-July. Aaron and his family will make their home in Urbandale.
“Urbandale continues to successfully provide value to its businesses. The community knows how to leverage its assets of location, infrastructure and accessibility,” said Aaron DeJong. “I am excited to be coming back home to Iowa, and in particular, Urbandale. The Urbandale community is poised to maintain and expand on its strong business-friendly climate.”
September 26, 2019 - At Two Year Anniversary of Rebranding, Urbandale Marks 24 Projects in Urban Loop
Urbandale, IA – The City of Urbandale now counts 24 commercial development projects in the Urban Loop since launching the new name and tagline for the economic development area 24 months ago. The Urban Loop is a development area anchored by the 90-degree-bend in interstate 35/80 formerly known as Rider Corner. Two of the most recent investments include MidAmerican Energy’s 116,000 sq. ft. office space remodel/construction and Johnstone Supply’s 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse expansion.
“The area is highly accessible to regional and national markets,” said A.J. Johnson, City Manager. “Momentum continues to build in the Urban Loop—and with direct interstate access via new interchanges, development opportunities really stand out.”
A new northbound I-35/80 to Iowa 141 flyover ramp will replace the loop ramp in the southeast quadrant of the current interchange in 2020. Improvements will also include a new half-diamond interchange on the south side of Meredith Drive. The entire project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Major Construction Projects page provides additional project information and interchange enhancements happening in the Urban Loop.
“The early success was led by the main campus of John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group and R & R Realty’s Paradigm Building,” said Curtis Brown, Assistant City Manager & Director of Economic Development. “Additional projects include new retail and service amenities for a growing employment center in the Urban Loop, as well.”
24 Commercial Developments in the Urban Loop:
Paradigm Building: 90,000 square foot speculative Class A office building.
John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group*: 134,000 square foot main campus office.
2699 104th Street: 53,000 square foot flex building.
Northpark Business Center*: 7,500 square foot medical / office building.
Casey’s General Store: 4,700 square foot convenience store and car wash.
Crescent Electric: 26,000 square foot warehouse / office building.
Source Allies*: Acquisition and finish of 20,000 square foot office building.
ProbioFerm*: 9,000 square foot manufacturing / warehouse building.
Incotec: Finish of 20,000 square foot existing space for R&D facility.
Hilton Tapestry Revel Hotel: Renovation of existing hotel to a 4-star facility, including 110 guest rooms
Assembled Products Inc.*: 80,000 square foot warehouse/office facility.
9400 Plum Drive: 12,600 square foot Class A office building.
Erickson Office Park: 9,700 square foot speculative office building.
4701 NW Urbandale Drive: 78,000 square foot flex building: New Construction
4401 NW Urbandale Drive: 46,000 square foot flex building.
4601-4645 NW Urbandale Drive: 80,000 square foot Flex/Retail: New Construction
Royal Flooring at Heritage Park*: 25,000 square foot Retail/Showroom/Restaurant: New Construction
Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh*: 6,500 square foot Retail & Starbucks Coffee: New Construction
Pella Corporation: 12,000 square foot Office: Tenant Finish
Lean TECHniques: 5,055 square foot Office: Tenant Finish
MidAmerican Energy*: 116,000 square foot Office Space Remodel Construction
Johnstone Supply*: 8,000 square foot Warehouse Expansion
Primrose School of Urbandale: 13,500 square foot Preschool and Child Care
HyVee Aisles Online*: 900 square foot Grocery Pickup Facility
* Denotes expansion of existing Urbandale company.