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About UCDA

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.

We are so glad you are here!

Whether you are looking to start or expand your business, get more involved in our community, or call Union County home, we are here to help connect you to the people and resources you need to make your dreams a reality. Meet the team!

Board of Trustees

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!

2024 Board of Trustees

Kevin Stewart, President, Iowa State Savings Bank

Devon Tyler-Leith, Vice President, Tyler Insurance Services

Chad Rieck, Vice President, KSIB Radio

Matt McCutchan, Co-Treasurer, Greater Regional Health

Dan Waigand, Co-Treasurer, First National Bank

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

Kiki Scarberry, Our Town Realty

Jamie Travis, Hometown Insurance & Realty

Gabe Carroll, Carroll Family Chiropractic

Sam Baird, Willets, Baird & Co, PLC

Wayne Pantini, Southwestern Community College

Public Funding Members

Waylon Clayton, Mayor, City of Creston
Rick Friday, Union County Supervisor

Education Partners

Tim Kuehl, East Union Community School District
Deron Stender, Creston Community School District

Ex-Officio Members

Austin Smith, Garden & Associates, LTD
Wayne Hanson, RE Lewis Refrigeration

David Marroquin, RE Lewis Refrigeration
Ben Adamson, Corteva Agriscience

MaKenzi Vonk, Reflections Beauty

Marion James, James Law Office

Maggie McGehee, City of Cromwell



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


Tyler Insurance Services


Alliant Energy

Cornerstone Financial Group


Creston Publishing Company

J&A Flooring

RE Lewis Refrigeration


Agrivision Equipment Group

Carroll Family Chiropractic

James Law Office

KSIB Radio

Precision Optical Group

Wurster Farms, Inc.


Dr. Michael D. Buck, D.D.S.

First Interstate Bank

Garden & Associates


ITC Midwest

Powers Funeral Home

Stalker Auto Group


Akin Building Center

American Homes by Grant Long, LLC

American Family Insurance - Katie Turner, Agent

Community 1st Credit Union

Creston Automotive

Creston Vision Clinic

Dr. Daniel M. Coen, DDS

De Hamer Accounting

Echo Electric Supply

Hometown Insurance

Lenz Heating & Cooling

Pearson Family Funeral Service

Premier Commercial Services

Southwest Iowa REC

State Savings Bank

Vanmark Equipment

Warner Plumbing

Willets, Baird & Co, PLC


B Rooted

Callahan Real Estate

Chris Lane Agency

Create Creston

Edward Jones - Justin Cole

Green Accounting & Tax

Hull Monument Service

Iowa Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.

Kelly's Flowers & Greene Landscaping

OmniTel Communications

Our Town Realty

Precast Concrete

Sonntag Development, LLC

Stewart Realty

The Real Estate Store

Reflections Beauty

Topnotch Fireworks

The Real Estate Store

Community Partner

Creston Chamber of Commerce

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