About NEDC

About Nevada, Iowa



Nevada, Iowa is centrally located and has a population of nearly 7,000 and a Regional Workforce Population of 684,890.  Nevada is the County Seat of Story County. Nevada and Story County possess an enviable richness of highly productive and educated citizens as well as a diverse economic base of industrial, agricultural, educational and service enterprises.

Nevada has a great location for both rail and interstate transportation needs. Strategically located just 38 miles north of the capital city of Des Moines and Interstate 80, Nevada is 4 miles east of Interstate 35 on 4-lane US Highway 30. The location and transportation systems allow for easy receipt and distribution of product. Nevada is located 45 minutes from the Des Moines International airport.

Iowa State University is just 15 minutes from Nevada and offers a multitude of research and development opportunities to help both startup and existing businesses. Access to faculty, students and staff is also available for work on business and organizational projects.

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Our Mission —

The Nevada Economic Development Council (NEDC) cultivates economic growth and prosperity. This leadership fosters opportunities, partnerships and quality of life for our community.



The Nevada Economic Development Council



The Nevada Economic Development Council (NEDC) works closely with leadership from the City of Nevada, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the US Department of Agriculture, and our local utility providers to accomplish our goals. From providing infrastructure that allows for residential and commercial growth, to providing economic development assistance for industrial projects, the NEDC has played a crucial role in leading these efforts. The NEDC routinely assists businesses in the assemblage of financial incentive packages to ensure that each businesses unique challenges are addressed head on.

Nevada proudly offers an abundance of resources for companies and families and is home to a diverse group of industries.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your site location needs.

Ground breaking in Nevada, Iowa

Our History



In the early 1990’s, a group of local business men and women formed a non-profit entity called Nevada Economic Development Commission (NEDC).  The organizations original intent was to provide an avenue to assist in the economic growth of Nevada in ways that local government or other civic organizations could not achieve on their own.  A volunteer board of 15 people was formed and the then, current director of the Chamber of Commerce, Lavon Schiltz, was hired as the executive director.

In the middle to late 1990’s, NEDC purchased land for three different business parks in and around Nevada.  This availability of property allowed NEDC to aggressively market Nevada as a community and attract many of the businesses and organizations that still are in Nevada 25-30 years later.

NEDC still works very closely with leadership from the city, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, our local utility providers as well as community and county leaders to attract and retain businesses to one of the best small towns in the state of Iowa.

In 2018, after many years of leadership, LaVon Schiltz retired from her executive director position.  Following a growing trend in collaborative partnerships, the NEDC board decided to partner with Ames Economic Development.  With the new partnership, the structure of the Board of Directors changed to more of an investment group arrangement where more people could have a seat at the table in directing the future economic growth of Nevada.

2023-2024 NEDC Officers



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President

Scott
henry
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Past-President

loni
pringnitz
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Vice President

Jeff
Harris
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JOn Augustus

Treasurer

Jon
Augustus
Allen L. Kockler Co.
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Investment Committee Chair

michelle
Cassabaum
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Marketing Committee Chair

sara
clausen
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Land/Housing Committee Chair

Mark
Smith
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Workforce Committee Chair

Josh 
Rasmusson
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City of Nevada Mayor

brett
barker
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City Administrator

Jordan
Cook
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Executive Director

brenda
dryer
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Main Street Nevada

Emily
Schaack
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At Large

Randy
Clary
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At Large

Matt 
Runge
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NEDC Board of Directors



Mason Adams, Alliant Energy

Jon Augustus, Allen L. Kockler Co.

Brian Bappe, Bappe Law Office

Brett Barker, City of Nevada

Michelle Cassabaum, 21st Century Rehab

Randy Clary, Availa Bank

Sara Clausen, Key Cooperative

Chris Cleveland, Lincolnway Energy

Jordan Cook, City of Nevada

Brenda Dryer, Ames Economic Development Commission

Sandy Ehrig

Mike Espeset, Story Construction

Latifah Faisal, Story County Board of Supervisors

Greg Faith, Verbio Nevada LLC

Matt Flummerfelt, Flummerfelt Homes

Michelle Fullerton, South Story Bank & Trust

Tom Geist, Edward Jones

Steve Gray, Nevada Community School District

Ryan Haaland, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Jeff Harris, RMH Architects

Scott Henry, LongView Farms

Keith Hobson, FOX Strand

Chad Houston, Kruck Plumbing and Heating

Bridget Itzen, Consumers Energy

Dan Johnson, State Bank & Trust

Brandon Koehler, Burke Corporation

Paul Maier, Frontline Bioenergy

Lisa Nady, Hunziker & Associates

Dane Nealson, NuCara

Marc Olson, RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts

Dick Pringnitz, Hertz Farm Management

Josh Rasmusson, Woodruff Construction

Scott Renaud, Renaud Engineering, LLC

Amanda Rudd, Midwest Insurance Corporation

Matt Runge, OnTrack Construction

Emily Schaack, Main Street Nevada

Patrick Sheets,   MaxAg

Mark Smith,  ALMACO

Stephen Solomon, First Interstate Bank

Bernie Stephenson, Stephenson Dental

Nate Thompson, Story County Medical Center

Randy Vier,  Mid-States Companies

Troy Weary, ITC Midwest

Mike Wieczorek, Cutting Edge Painting