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 corporation 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!
2019 Board of Trustees
Mike Moffitt – President, Cornerstone Financial Group
Paul Fuller –Vice President, PCSB Bank
Randy Huewe– Past President, First National Bank in Creston
Marion James – Secretary, James Law Office
Monte Neitzel– Treasurer, Greater Regional Health
Kevin Stewart, Iowa State Savings Bank
Devon Tyler-Leith, Tyler Insurance Services Inc
Gay Lynn Owens, GO Realty
Rich Paulsen, Creston Publishing Company
Melissa Driskell, Winterstien Construction
Scott Coen, State Savings Bank
Leslie Wurster, Wurster Farms
Sherry Parrott, City of Afton
Mike Rollings, City of Arispe
Steve Wintermute, Mayor, City of Creston
Maggie McGehee, City of Cromwell
Chad Malmanger, City of Lorimor
Francine Ide, City of Shannon City
Jennifer Mitchell, City of Thayer
Rick Friday, Union County Supervisor
2019 Ex-Officio Members
Bill Winterstien, Winterstien Construction
Rick Benson, Creston Automotive
Wayne Hanson, RE Lewis Refrigeration
Ben Adamson, State Farm Insurance
Phil Tyler, Tyler Insurance Services
Ken Kasper, East Union Community School District
Deron Stender, Creston Community School District
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.
Investors are true leaders setting a path for Union County's future.
City of Arispe
City of Afton
City of Creston
City of Cromwell
City of Lorimor
City of Shannon City
City of Thayer
Union County Board of Supervisors
First National Bank
Greater Regional Health
Iowa State Savings Bank
Keul Electric, LLC
Connie & Dennis Purdum
Tyler Insurance Services
Cornerstone Financial Group
Creston Publishing Company
J & A Flooring, Inc.
Wurster Farms, Inc.
Dr. Daniel M. Coen, D.D.S
Garden & Associates, LTD
Hy-Vee Food Stores – Creston
Akin Building Center
Agrivision Equipment Group, LLC
Bolton Custom Cabinetry
Creston Vision Clinic
Dr. Michael Buck, DDS
Echo Group, Inc.
Edward Jones - Justin R. Cole
Gavilon Grain, LLC
Great Western Bank
James Law Office
Pearson Family Funeral Service
State Savings Bank
Sonntag Development, LLC
Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative
Vanmark Equipment, LLC
American Homes by Grant Long
Ben Adamson State Farm Insurance
Carroll Family Chiropractic
Family Vision Center
Green Accounting & Tax, LLC
Hometown Insurance & Realty
Kelly's Flowers and Greene Landscaping
Nishna Valley Credit Union
Turner Insurance Agency
Warner Plumbing, LLC
Brad Davis Painting
Callahan Real Estate
Creston Chamber of Commerce
Farmers Electric Cooperative
Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
Iowa Tool & Mfg, Inc.
Mike Eblen Construction
Precast Concrete Company, LLC
Steve and Chris Wintermute
United Farmers Cooperative
Vonk Flooring & Tile
Meet The Staff
Wayne J. Pantini, CEcD
Wayne has been working in economic development since 2005. He reels in growth opportunities for Union County, encourages existing business expansion and nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit in those that aspire to start their own business. Wayne also facilitates housing development as opportunities arise.
Wayne and his wife, Deb, have two children, Sydney and Emma. Wayne is an avid Twins and Vikings fan and prides himself on his outdoor survival skills from his days as a Scout leader.
Talent Development Director
Mindy is the talent development 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.