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!

2020 Board of Trustees

Paul Fuller – President, PCSB Bank

Kevin Stewart - Vice President, Iowa State Savings Bank

Mike Moffitt– Past President, Cornerstone Financial Group

Devon Tyler-Leith – Secretary, Tyler Insurance Services

Randy Huewe – Treasurer, First National Bank

Monte Neitzel, Greater Regional Health
Marion James, James Law Office
Gay Lynn Owens, GO Realty
Rich Paulsen, Creston Publishing Company
Melissa Driskell, Winterstien Construction
Scott Coen, State Savings Bank
Leslie Wurster, Wurster Farms

T.J. Stalker, Stalker Chevrolet

Chad Rieck, KSIB Radio

2020 Ex-Officio Members

Bill Winterstien, Winterstien Construction
Austin Smith, Garden & Associates, LTD
Wayne Hanson, RE Lewis Refrigeration
Ben Adamson, State Farm Insurance
Ken Kasper, East Union Community School District
Deron Stender, Creston Community School District

2020 Public Funding Members

Gabe Carroll, Mayor, City of Creston

Maggie McGehee, City of Cromwell

Chad Malmanger, City of Lorimor

Francine Ide, City of Shannon City
Rick Friday, Union County Supervisor



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.

Public Partners

City of Creston

City of Cromwell

City of Lorimor

City of Shannon City

Union County Board of Supervisors

Benefactor Investors

First National Bank

Greater Regional Health

Iowa State Savings Bank

Keul Electric, LLC

Tyler Insurance Services

President’s Circle

Alliant Energy


Grapevine Staffing

Platinum Investors

Cornerstone Financial Group

Creston Publishing Company

J & A Flooring, Inc.

KSIB Radio

R.E. Lewis Refrigeration

Wellman Dynamics

Wurster Farms, Inc.

Gold Investors

Dr. Daniel M. Coen, D.D.S

Garden & Associates, LTD

Hy-Vee Food Stores – Creston

Silver Investors

Akin Building Center

Agrivision Equipment Group, LLC

Bolton Custom Cabinetry

Creston Automotive

Creston Vision Clinic

De Hamer Accounting Services

Dr. Michael Buck, DDS

Echo Group, Inc.

Edward Jones - Justin R. Cole

Fenton Construction

Gavilon Grain, LLC

Great Western Bank

James Law Office

Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center

Powers Funeral Home

Stalker Chevrolet

State Savings Bank

Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative

Vanmark Equipment, LLC

Bronze Investors

American Homes by Grant Long

Athletico Physical Therapy

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

OmniTel Communications

Stewart Realty

Turner Insurance Agency

Winterstien Construction

Warner Plumbing, LLC

Leadership Investors

Brad Davis Painting

Callahan Real Estate

Create Creston

Creston Chamber of Commerce

GO Realty

Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care

Iowa Tool & Mfg, Inc.

Mike Eblen Construction

Precast Concrete Company, LLC

United Farmers Cooperative

Vonk Flooring & Tile

Meet The Staff

Wayne J. Pantini, CEcD
Executive Director

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.  

Call: 641.782.2003

Text: 641.344.9725

Write: director[at]unioncountyiowa.com

Mindy Stalker
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. 


Call: 641.782.2003

Text: 641.344.1993

Write: mstalker[at]unioncountyiowa.com

Union County Development Association

BLDG 301 

301 W Montgomery

Creston, Iowa 50801