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The right location can make all the difference when it comes to a company’s success. The 115-acre Calhoun County Business Park offers plenty of room to grow at a prime location along four-lane Highway 20.

          “We’re focused on creating opportunity,” said Theresa Hildreth, executive director of Calhoun County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). “If you’re ready to build a warehouse/distribution facility, value-added agriculture business, hotel or restaurant, everything you need to succeed is available right here.”

Located just north of Rockwell City at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Highway 4, the Calhoun County Business Park is located in the heart of west-central Iowa’s agricultural region. The site also includes a Sparky’s One Stop truck stop and convenience store, located on the southeast side of the property.

Four-lane U.S. Highway 20 provides a direct, easy 56-mile drive to Interstate 35 and a 90-mile drive to Interstate 29 from the business park. The dedicated highway interchange near the business park makes it an ideal location for warehousing, distribution, cold storage, and other logistic service providers, Hildreth said.

Since the completion of the four-lane U.S. Hwy 20 project in late 2018, traffic counts have soared near the Calhoun County Business Park. Traffic counts rose nearly 55% by the summer of 2023, compared the first quarter of 2021. “The average daily traffic count is approximately 9,000 vehicles traveling through the Highway 20 and 4 intersection,” Hildreth said.

In addition, the Calhoun County Business Park is located in a federally-designated Opportunity Zone, which is designed to spur economic growth while providing tax benefits to investors. The business park is also locally designated as an urban renewal area, offering potential financial incentives for development.

“We’ve developed 23 acres within the business park so far and have 13 sellable acres, including four lots ranging from 1.5 acres to 4.7 acres,” Hildreth said. “We can also accommodate much larger land requests.”

Driving economic development in rural Iowa

The Calhoun County Business Park project is spearheaded by a development team including the CCEDC, the Calhoun County board of supervisors, the Calhoun County Electric Cooperative Association (CCECA), and Corn Belt Power Cooperative (CBPC) in Humboldt.  Through the years, CBPC has partnered in 25+ industrial parks with its member distribution cooperatives, including CCECA.

“Part of our mission is to provide a better quality of life for the people we serve,” said Keaton Hildreth, CEO of the CCECA. “Supporting this business park will help attract businesses to the area, which creates jobs and supports the local tax base.”

Project leaders are implementing Phase 1 of the Calhoun County Business Park’s planned four-phase development. The area includes a dedicated road entrance to the business park, drainage and stormwater detention, and water and sewer infrastructure access for buildable lots. “Any of these lots can be subdivided once without the need to replat the land,” said Theresa Hildreth, who added that covenants are in place to cover signage, dust, odor, truck loading docks and more.

The Calhoun County Business Park project reflects the power of partnerships to bring new economic development to rural Iowa. “We’re excited to see opportunities develop at the site and influence future development throughout Calhoun County,” Theresa Hildreth said. “We welcome forward-thinking entrepreneurs who will take this to the next level.”

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