The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

March 12, 2013

Congressman applauds Clinton for business activity

CLINTON — Elated at the news that three companies have chosen to expand their businesses in Clinton, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack met with city officials and members of the boards of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clinton Regional Development Corp. on Monday afternoon.

It was announced Friday that German rail tie manufacturer RAIL.ONE and Utah-based Nevada Railroad Materials will locate in the railport pending the approval of local and state incentives. These companies will bring 90 new jobs.

Wisconsin-based Data Dimensions also announced on Friday that it will expand its footprint in Clinton by building a new facility in the Lyons Business and Technology Park that will bring 130 new jobs to the area, double its current Clinton workforce.

This development is also contingent on incentives. The three companies will have more than a $25 million impact on the city.  

Related: Clinton's selection should bolster community spirit

“It’s very exciting and positive to see what’s going on in Clinton. I have been coming here for two years since the redistricting and this, I believe, is the most positive news this community has received in the last two years,” Loebsack said.

Members of the Chamber and CRDC board discussed the projects and other economic development issues impacting the area with Loebsack on Monday afternoon. Beyond the railport and Lyons Tech Park expansions, the group also discussed the $7 million transformation of the Wilson Building.

Loebsack also pointed to the continued growth of the Clinton economy over the past nine years. According to Policom Corporation’s 2012 study, Clinton’s current economic strength ranks 112 out of 576 micropolitan areas — those based around an urban cluster with a population of 10,000 to 49,999 — in the United States.  

The improved economic conditions and developments that have surfaced in the past few months will also set the city up for future success, Loebsack said.

“One thing builds upon another. That can only be good. It creates a synergy that people recognize,” Loebsack said. “It demonstrates just how attractive Clinton is for future economic development. I look forward to seeing all of the great things these new investments will bring and continuing to work with the Clinton community to bring good paying jobs to the area.”

Members of the CRDC and Chamber Boards said they felt Loebsack was excited to learn of the new economic development and understood Clinton’s economic climate.  

“He’s very supportive,” former CRDC Chairman Bruce Christensen said. “He’s very knowledgeable of the community.”  

Following the meeting with board members, Loebsack took a tour of the Data Dimensions facility at 2001 Manufacturing Court.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 4-15-14 jail photo County hears jail proposal

    CLINTON -- A needs assessment study on the Clinton County Jail and communications department is bringing forth more questions on how the city and county will proceed. Former Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission Coordinator Brian McKenrick a

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sex abuse trial under way in Clinton CLINTON -- Prosecutors will present their case today in the trial of a Clinton man accused of sexual abusing a 3-year-old girl. The trial against Russell S. McColley, 39, began late Monday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a c

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Clinton School Board Meeting School board finalizes new budget, cuts positions CLINTON -- Cutting 11 district staff positions to make up for a $636,000 shortfall wasn't an easy task for the Clinton School Board, but was a necessary step in balancing the 2014-2015 budget. That budget received unanimous approval Monday as Clinton

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Share My Name cover photo Northeast grad pens book on Egyptians' suffering GOOSE LAKE -- A new book co-written by a native of Clinton County reveals firsthand the suffering of Christians in Egypt at the hands of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Writing as Rik Doirse to protect those who shared their stories with him, the aut

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fulton park photo Fulton council to pursue new park on donated land

    FULTON, Ill. -- An unexpected turn of events has offered Fulton leaders something they had been hoping to see in the river city-- a community park in the Third Ward. During a Fulton City Council meeting last week, City Administrator Ed Cannon announc

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney says officer justified in shooting

    The Jackson County Attorney's Office has found a Maquoketa police officer was justified in using deadly force after a motorists fired repeatedly at him.

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Monday released details of the April 1 shooting, including dash-cam video played at a news conference.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG_1031.jpg Legislators: Session lacks productivity

    CLINTON -- Iowa legislators are frustrated with the way this year's session has unfolded, but not everything has come with disappointing results. During a legislative coffee gathering Saturday, Sen. Rita Hart, Rep. Steve Olson and Rep. Mary Wolfe exp

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central eyes name change DEWITT -- It has been more than 50 years, and the Central Community School District of Clinton County is still talking about it -- Its name. Superintendent Dan Peterson for the second time brought the issue to the Central Board at its meeting Wednesd

    April 12, 2014

  • Board mulls over glass recycling CLINTON -- Plans are continuing at the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency to investigate a contract for glass recycling. Director of Operations and Education Brad Seward on Thursday told the CCASWA board that he is still working with Ripple Glass

    April 12, 2014

  • Senior housing plan picks up steam

    CAMANCHE -- The likelihood of a senior housing development in the city of Camanche is gaining momentum as residents came out in full support of the first installment of focus group meetings hosted by Park Vista Senior Housing Management. Two of the f

    April 12, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.