The organization originated with the Creston Development Company (CDC) which was founded in the 1950's. The CDC helped bring about the expansion of several industries in Creston. Many of our existing industries accredit their start or expansion to the efforts of this group. The members of this group sensed a need for stronger countywide efforts and secured UNI's Institute of Decision Making to help organize the planning and development process. The result of this process is Union County Development Association (UCDA). The focus of this organization expanded from new industry recruitment to business and industry retention, retail recruitment and retention, housing initiatives and tourism.
UCDA is a non-profit [501(c)6] developmental association which has served Union County since 1997. Funding for this organization comes from both public and private funding. The Public Funding Council consists of The City of Afton, City of Creston and The Union County Board of Supervisors (18% of the budget). Program revenue accounts for 9% of the funding, revenue generating assets account for 54% of the budget and 3% is made of grants, interest and other income. Lastly, approximately 18% is leveraged by Private Investors. This category consists of individuals or businesses that are eager to support the growth and development of Union County.
Board of Trustees
UCDA relies on engaged board members for continued success of the organization. Board members serve on one of the four committees that have been identified as important factors for economic and community development. These four categories rely on each other for success. For instance, if you want to encourage a start up business or attract quality workforce, you need attainable housing, attractions and entertainment to help make it easy for individuals to CHOOSE UC! We are passionate and committed to work with these areas of focus to make Union County the obvious choice for individuals at all stages of life.
If you would like to be more involved in the development of UC, consider joining our board!
2022 Board of Trustees
Kevin Stewart - President, Iowa State Savings Bank
Devon Tyler-Leith – Vice President, Tyler Insurance Services
Chad Rieck, Vice President, KSIB Radio
Monte Neitzel, Treasurer, Greater Regional Health
Francine Ide, Secretary, Ide Farms
Paul Fuller – Past President, PCSB Bank
Melissa Driskell, Premier Builders
Scott Coen, State Savings Bank
Mike Moffitt, Cornerstone Financial Group
Jean Weisshaar, Create Creston
Jamie David, Precast Concrete
2022 Public Funding Members
Gabe Carroll, Mayor, City of Creston
Rick Friday, Union County Supervisor
Tim Kuehl, East Union Community School District
Deron Stender, Creston Community School District
2022 Ex-Officio Members
Austin Smith, Garden & Associates, LTD
Wayne Hanson, RE Lewis Refrigeration
David Marroquin, RE Lewis Refrigeration
Ben Adamson, State Farm Insurance
Kathy Ralston, Community Member
MaKenzi Vonk, Reflections Beauty
Leslie Wurster, Wurster Farms
Marion James, James Law Office
Maggie McGehee, City of Cromwell
Chad Malmanger, City of Lorimor
Investing in UCDA is investing in Union County's future. Our investors pledge to UCDA to fund the ability to implement our three year vision plan.
It is with sincere appreciation that we take a moment to highlight the businesses and organizations that support our efforts, our goals and our vision for community development. Because of this support, we anticipate another three years of progress and enhanced partnerships.
First National Bank
Greater Regional Health
Iowa State Savings Bank
Keul Electric, LLC
Tyler Insurance Services
Cornerstone Financial Group
Creston Publishing Company
RE Lewis Refrigeration
Agrivision Equipment Group
Carroll Family Chiropractic
James Law Office
Wurster Farms, Inc.
Dr. Michael D. Buck, D.D.S.
Garden & Associates
Powers Funeral Home
Akin Building Center
American Homes by Grant Long, LLC
American Family Insurance - Katie Turner Agent
Community 1st Credit Union
Creston Vision Clinic
Dr. Daniel M. Coen, DDS
De Hamer Accounting
Echo Electric Supply
GVTA, A Division of Swoon - Susan Dunphy
Masters Contract Services
Pearson Family Funeral Service
Premier Commercial Services
Southwest Iowa REC
State Savings Bank
Turner Insurance Agency
Willets, Baird & Co, PLC
Athletico Physical Therapy
Ben Adamson - State Farm Insurance
Callahan Real Estate
Edward Jones - Justin Cole
Family Vision Center
Green Accounting & Tax
Hull Monument Service
Iowa Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.
Kelly's Flowers & Greene Landscaping
Mike Eblen Construction, LLC
Sonntag Development, LLC
United Farmers Cooperative
Creston Chamber of Commerce
Meet The Staff
Interim Executive Director
Mindy is the interim executive director for UCDA and loves all things that connect our communities. She leads individual and group collaboration pertaining to workforce and leadership development, as well as, creative placemaking opportunities.
She is also the chaos coordinator for her two children, CT and Marlee and occasionally her husband, TJ too. She and her family enjoy cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and camping when their schedules allow.
Client Services & Marketing Coordinator
Chloe is the client services & marketing coordinator for UCDA. She handles our marketing and communications efforts. Chloe graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with her degree in Marketing. She grew up in Corning, Iowa and has always enjoyed being involved in her community. Chloe is Lead UC class of 2023 student.
Chloe stays busy with her almost one year old daughter, Ellie. We are an office divided as Chloe is an Iowa State Cyclones fan.