Charles City Area Development Corporation
401 North Main Street
Charles City, Iowa 50616-2021
Staff: Timothy S. Fox, Executive Director
Cathy J. McGregor, Project Facilitator
Teri Lokenvitz, Executive Assistant
Charles City Area Development Corporation
The mission of the Charles City Area Development Corporation is to create income and growth in the community through the development and retention of quality jobs.
Charles City Area Development Corporation By-Laws
The By-Laws of the Charles City Area Development Corporation can be viewed at this link. If you have any questions about the By-Laws, contact the CCADC office at 641-228-3020.
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FLOYD COUNTY HOUSING TRUST FUND
HOUSING ASSISTANCE PLAN [HAP] 2015
2015 Floyd County Housing Trust Fund Furnace Replacement Program Guidelines and Application
The Floyd County Housing Trust Fund has enjoyed much success with its Furnace Replacement Program. This Program is socially useful, in that it directly benefits those single-family residences most in need via provision of an essential service.
The Program also confers benefits to the environment. Its 2014 work activity provided 31 furnace replacements county-wide. It is estimated that the furnace replacement program yield:
21,945 life cycle MMBtu savings
1,187,640 life cycle pounds CO2 savings
$230,684 life cycle energy savings for recipients
In designing its 2015 work plan, the Trust Fund Board of Directors considered the array of low-income housing issues within Floyd County. As it does not appear that homelessness is evident in this jurisdiction, the Board contemplated means to provide meaningful benefits to those most in need while using the funding impetus constructively.
In acknowledgement of burgeoning societal and governmental priorities, the Board insists upon a “green” initiative. The project must necessarily confer environmental benefit for the recipient and on a global perspective. Secondly, it must be used to improve existing housing stock; the average Floyd County single-family residence is markedly more aged than the average for the state of Iowa.
The Board finds all three indicators satisfied within continuance of the county-wide furnace replacement program. Buttressing this argument is that 2014 Housing Trust Fund furnace replacement recipients indicated high degree of satisfaction with the program.
The 2010 U.S. Census revealed that the homeowner rate for Floyd County was 75.9%, compared to 73.0% for Iowa as a whole. However, there is need for increased quantities of workforce housing. The Allied Subdivision in Charles City has plans for eight new units. Also in Charles City, at former site of Jefferson School, the Parkside Development project is taking place. This “NetZero” project will create as much energy as it will use. 30 units are planned; applicants at up to 80% median income are eligible for a 25% down payment grant, or $37,500. As both these referenced projects already have direct homeowner down payment assistance mechanisms, the Trust Fund need not be involved with that aspect. Nora Springs has the new Farm View First Addition with 12 lots available, and one house has been built.
In June 2009, the Iowa Policy Project noted that the average Iowa home monthly electric bill in 2007 was $83.65. Persons earning between 50% and 85% of the federal poverty level in Iowa spend between 9.6% and 25.3% of monthly income on home energy, while 6% of income is considered an affordable bill.
The average cost per thousand cubic feet of natural gas in Iowa in 2008 was $12.42; therefore the average natural gas bill per Iowa resident was $1,160.03. This reflects the $12.42 per unit cost times the average Iowa residential demand of 93.4 MMBtu [Energy Information Administration]. Therefore, the average annual heating and electric tally per Iowa residential household is $2,157.59. Furthermore, Floyd County is in the northern portion of the state, dictating higher heating costs than the state norm. The Board seeks means to ameliorate energy costs proving detrimental to very-low and low-income residents. Also, homes heated by propane or heating oil most likely face higher utility costs than natural gas users.
In light of all these contributing factors, the Trust Fund is maintaining its operation of the Furnace Replacement Program in 2015. While it is cognizant of the need for new housing, it is felt that reinvestment into existing stock is at this juncture the preferred option. This may change as housing demand and markets are continuously changing.
The Floyd County Housing Trust Fund intends to apply for $53,639 from the State Housing Trust Fund. Total project cost is $67,048.75. It is estimated that 17 homes will receive replacements within the 2015 Floyd County Housing Trust Fund Furnace Replacement Program; 9 will be afforded those below 30% median income and 8 with incomes between 31% - 50% median. Local cash match, as committed by Charles City Area Development Corporation, is $13,409.75.
About Charles City, Iowa
|Charles City (population 7,652), the county seat of Floyd County is situated along the Avenue of the Saints (Iowa 27) in northern Iowa. Charles City is a significant commercial and
transportation center for the area, located on U.S. Highways 18 and 218, Iowa
Highway 14, and the Canadian National and Iowa, Chicago and Eastern
Charles City is known as the
birthplace of the farm tractor in the early 1900's by the Hart-Parr
FLOYD COUNTY EMPLOYERS URGED TO SUBMIT HOME BASE IOWA ENROLLMENT
The Charles City Area Development Corporation is currently enrolling Floyd County businesses in the Home Base Iowa program. Home Base Iowa is a statewide program designed to assist persons discharged from military service transition into civilian life.
Communities are encouraged to support Home Base Iowa in service to veterans and as a means to recruit skilled workers. Assistance is available to veterans for employment, housing and identifying communities where their skills shall be valued.
“Floyd County is embracing Home Base Iowa by exhibiting program leadership” said Board of Supervisors Chair Roy Schwickerath. “This initiative has potential to benefit all of our citizens by building stronger communities. This only works if we all work together.”
The current Home Base Iowa phase is business enrollment. To become a Home Base Iowa business, a firm must commit to hire a specific number of veterans, post job openings on the Home Base Iowa website and become a member of Skilled Iowa. Skilled Iowa membership means that the business endorses the National Career Readiness Certificate and will recommend its use in hiring and promotion practices.
According to Charles City Area Development Corporation Executive Director Tim Fox, the local initiative received employment data from Iowa Workforce Development and opted to target businesses having more than 10 employees. “We require a certain response rate for Floyd County to become Home Base Iowa certified. It is in the best interests of the employer to register.”
“This program will be an excellent tool to attract talent to Floyd County. We are working with the state of Iowa and Iowa Workforce Development to ensure successful implementation at the local level” stated CCADC President Cathy Rottinghaus.
Businesses should submit completed enrollment forms to Charles City Area Development Corporation at email@example.com or fax to 641-228-4744. If you have a business with greater than 10 employers and were not targeted, please call Fox at 641-228-3020. Home Base Iowa and Skilled Iowa registration forms are available at the following links.
Home Base Iowa Business Enrollment Form
Skilled Iowa Registration Form
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