Nevada Iowa Economic Development Council



Nevada Chosen for DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol Project

The Nevada Economic Development Council is pleased and honored that DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont, has entered into an agreement to purchase a Nevada site for one of the first in the world, 2nd generation commercial-scale biorefineries to produce ethanol from cellulose. 

Renewable energy has been one of several targeted industries for both the City and the NEDC. This project takes renewable energy to another level as the energy needs of the country continue to grow.

Nevada has been fortunate to be the home of Lincolnway Energy which is one of the most successful and newsworthy ethanol facilities in the country. Lincolnway Energy’s success has provided the impetus for attraction of the DDCE project and other future bio projects to this area. Other resources that complement this project are the BECON Center (Biomass Energy Conversion Center) located in Nevada’s West Industrial Park, Iowa State University Plant Sciences Institute, ISU New Century Farm and the area’s productive agricultural community. Additionally, the location lends itself to major highway transportation and international air service within 42 miles of the site.

In July of 2010, NEDC staff was summoned to the Iowa Department of Economic Development in Des Moines to review, with company representatives, a “request for proposal” regarding the proposed DDCE project. NEDC worked with Mayor Gull, City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen and city staff in providing detailed information pertinent to the needs of the project. City officials responded immediately in determining infrastructure needs and how those needs could be accommodated. “We are thrilled with DuPont becoming our new industry and we are ready to provide them with the services that they need,” stated Mayor Jerry Gull.

Working in partnership with the City of Nevada, Nevada Economic Development Council developed an attractive incentive package for the proposed DDCE project. This past winter the City began annexation of the proposed property that adjoins the Lincolnway Energy facility with annexation completed in March.

The DDCE project would complement and further diversify the types of industry that will be attracted to the area, provide quality employment while also complementing our agricultural friends from within a wide area. Corn stover and cobs can now become another farm commodity for area growers, thus enriching the economic climate of the area.

Special recognition must be afforded to the Iowa Department of Economic Development Board, Iowa Power Fund Board and to Mark Laurenzo, IDED Project Manager for this project. They worked diligently to bring this project to Iowa. They are to be congratulated.

Nevada will welcome DDCE as a future new corporate citizen of the community and area.

Click to view DDCE press release (PDF).


Chinese Delegation Visits

In November, the NEDC hosted a delegation from the Mainland of China. Visitors represented a company from Chong Ching, China that manufactures wind turbines. For nearly one year, NEDC has been working with an Iowan who is representing the company here in the U.S.

In the spring 2011, two of the company’s wind turbines will be constructed on the Max & Dorothy Heintz property just south of Hwy 30 on 600th Ave. These two turbines will be the tallest in the State of Iowa and will serve as demonstration units. Once a U.S. market has been established, it is the intent of the company to begin manufacturing in the United States. If, in the future, the company decides to go forward with manufacturing in Nevada, the Iowa Department of Economic Development has advised us that it will be the first Chinese manufacturing facility to be built in the State of Iowa.

The then Governor-Elect ,Terry Branstad, was invited and attended a portion of the all day meetings here in Nevada with company representatives, representatives of NEDC and the City of Nevada.

Representatives of the company have indicated that their attention was drawn to Nevada because of the area’s reputation for renewable energy projects and research.

Targeted Industries

In reviewing Nevada’s resources, infrastructure, strengths and location, industry sectors targeted for the Nevada area are advanced manufacturing, distribution centers, renewable energy, and bio-industries

Our marketing efforts involve participation in both world and state conferences that enable face to face meetings with companies and knowledge gathering of these sectors. Because Nevada is part of the Ames-Des Moines regional corridor we are able to match our marketing dollars with those provided through the State regional program. We also have participated with the State of Iowa’s “Sell Iowa” program and have made personal visits to Twin City corporations. We have a great relationship with and work closely with the Iowa Department of Economic Development. We continue to receive opportunities to work on project proposals that come through their offices.

Partnership/Updating Nevada’s Comprehensive Plan

In addition to our partnership with Iowa Department of Economic Development, even more importantly, is our partnership with the City of Nevada.

In developing proposals and incentives for companies, the City is key to recruitment success. A key component to every proposal is incentives. The State provides numerous programs that extend incentives for business expansion and for recruitment of new businesses. Most of the State incentives are applicable to any Iowa location. Not all communities offer local incentives.

The City of Nevada has been fortunate to have progressive leaders. Consequently, we have been able to recruit companies because of not only location, but because the City has positioned itself to effectively respond in a timely manner when business opportunities arise. Thoughtful planning of infrastructure, land acquisition, designating TIF districts and providing industrial tax abatement has put Nevada in the forefront of many other communities.

The Land Committee of the NEDC has researched, and will bring to the City Planning & Zoning Commission, a recommendation for updating and expanding the City’s Comprehensive Plan for future land use. The NEDC committee has put extensive thought into proposing certain adjacent areas currently outside the annexed areas of the city, for future potential industrial and commercial expansion.

Partnerships with our utility providers are important in expansion of our current businesses and recruitment of new business. Often, particularly with large quantity usage, the utility needs to upgrade for larger output. Both Alliant Energy, Consumers Energy and the City Departments have partnered well in providing the appropriate infrastructure to accommodate these projects.