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Welcome to Union County, Iowa. We invite you to Rise Up with us, as we are located in the southern part of Iowa at the highest point of the BNSF railway between Galesburg, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Creston is the county seat of Union County and is the largest city west of I-35 and south of I-80 in Iowa, making it a regional retail hub. Creston has many unique shops and boutiques where hospitality is of the highest priority. Creston continues to be a growing hub city for southwest Iowa.
Union County is the home of Greater Regional Health, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and Buena Vista University (BVU). Union county has a strong manufacturing, retail and service base. We have a variety of outdoor amenities, ideal for hiking, hunting, fishing and general outdoor enjoyment.
Our second largest city, Afton, features a newly renovated fairgrounds for our county fair and serves as a multipurpose venue location as well.
Union County truly has something to offer for everyone - we look forward to your visit!
Rise Up UC
Here is an update on the Laborshed studies being conducted in the South Central Iowa region. The employer survey is complete and that data is used to produce the commuting pattern and Laborshed area maps which dictate where the residential surveys are conducted. This information is collected by residential surveys through an online survey tool. Additional information is being collected for residents in Corydon, Creston, Leon and Osceola.
In the meantime, here are the customized Laborshed wage reports created for each area. Click on the photo or here for easy comparison and reference.
The Mission of UCDA is to seek to strengthen the economic base and well being of Union County through a commitment of "service" in the areas of industrial retention and recruitment, housing programs and inspiring collaboration for total community development.