Economic growth is essential to creating new jobs and attracting new businesses.
And, lots of empty land parcels in Woodbury County have a lot of potential, and those who work for the county say they're optimistic about where the area's headed.
"Woodbury County is on the cutting edge of industrial development," Woodbury County Chairman George Boykin said.
Tuesday, the county's rural economic development director went before the board of supervisors, giving them a full update about the direction his department is going.
"The department's focus is to grow the tax base, create jobs, help start businesses, helping existing businesses expand, " Rural Economic Development Director David Gleiser said.
Gleiser deals with the 14 incorporated cities in the community including Sergeant Bluff, Salix, Correctionville, Oto, and Anthon, to name a few.
"I've spent the first quarter on the position meeting the stakeholders in rural Woodbury County and just getting a catalog of the resources available that I use to work with communities," Gleiser said.
"I think he's made some wonderful progess since he's been hired. He's met with the city councils and the mayors out there in the small towns. That's very, very important," Boykin said.
And, this progress is taking the county in a new direction than the previous rural economic development director. Gleiser says his projects will range from helping businesses expand to creating new housing developments.
"Our previous economic development person was more into organic foods and that kind of thing, which is okay. But, I think the kind of approach that David is taking us will bring better jobs to Woodbury County," Boykin said.
For now, Gleiser says he'll continue to focus on meeting with stakeholders in these communities and by summer, he will have a better idea of how he will prioritze projects.
Woodbury County's chairman George Boykin says the county already has all the infrastructure in place to attract new businesses to the area.
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