NEDC Board Member Spotlight Q and A with Bernie Stephenson

What is your hometown? Nevada/ Iowa Falls Occupation and company you work for? Dentist, Owner of Stephenson Dental What is a fun fact about your business or something you’re doing at your business that you’re excited about? After doing a building expansion, our associate dentist Dr. Jordan Wehner will be entering into the business as a partner in January 2022. What is …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Maple Grove Law

What is your name and position in the company/business? Kelly Grossman, Attorney What year was your company started/founded? 2021 Where is the business located? 616 J Ave, Nevada, IA 50161 Is there any interesting story or detail about your company’s early days that is fun to share? When I made the decision to ‘hang my shingle’ in Nevada, I was …

NEDC Board Member Spotlight Q & A with Michelle Fullerton

What is your hometown? Owensboro, KY, but Nevada has been home for our family for more than 20 years  Occupation and company you work for? Vice President Ames/Nevada, South Story Bank & Trust   What is a fun fact about your business or something you’re doing at your business that you’re excited about? South Story Bank & Trust is expanding in early 2022 …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Nevada Vision Clinic

What is your name and position in the company/business? Robb Schmidt – Doctor of Optometry (owner)    What year was your company started? I took over in 2003. Prior owner Dr. Mike Neff was in Nevada for more than 25 years before me.   Where was the business located when it started? 1101 5th St. (now Lutheran’s for Life offices)   When did …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Story Construction

What is your name and position in the company/business? Mike Espeset, President   What year was your company started/founded? We were founded in 1934 as James Thompson & Sons.   Where was the business located when it started? We’ve been headquartered in Ames for all 87 years.   Do you know how many employees your business started out with when it first opened? Just …

Nevada NEDC names a new Executive Director

Early in 2018, the management of the Nevada Economic Development Council (NEDC) took a big pivot. After more than 20 years of having only a local director, the NEDC entered into an agreement with the Ames Chamber and Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and contracted with them for an executive director and other economic development services. John Hall became the first …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Alliant Energy

What is your name and position in the company/business? Mason Adams, Key Account Manager   What year was your company started/founded? 1917   Where is your company headquarters located? Corporate HQ – Madison, Wis.; Iowa HQ – Cedar Rapids   Is there any interesting story or detail about your company’s early days that is fun to share? We expanded service operations into places as …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Burke Corporation

What is your name and position in the company/business? Chad Randick, President & CEO What year was your company started/founded? 1974 Where was the business located when it started? Ames, Iowa When did it relocate to its present location? 1984 Is there any interesting story or detail about your company’s early days that are fun to share? Our company began producing product out of a Quonset …

NEDC Board Member Spotlight Q & A with Randy Vier

What is your hometown? Nevada, IA. Occupation and company you work for? Sr. Vice President, Mid-States Companies What is a fun fact about your business or something you’re doing at your business that you’re excited about?  We’ve been very fortunate at Mid-States Companies over the years and especially in the last five years. We’ve seen significant growth due to our leadership and the …

NEDC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT Q & A WITH Stephenson Dental

Your name and your position? Dr. Bernie Stephenson, owner   What year was your company started? 1997   Where was the business located when it started? Our first location was 1011 6th St., Nevada.   Where is the business now? We relocated to a new building in May 2002 along Fawcett Parkway and remain there today.    How has the business grown? We started with …