What We Do

The Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) is a local, public-private partnership, 501(C) (6) non-profit organization formed in 1986.  It grew out of a private, community based for-profit development corporation, Washington Industries, Inc. that was formed in the 1950s to provide leadership and direction to enhance economic development efforts for the benefit of the greater Washington area.  In today’s economic environment, a holistic approach is required when addressing economic and community development. Bring people together, identify opportunities and implement solutions.

Today, WEDG provides the communities in and around Washington County, Iowa with:

  • Existing business support and assistance (Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance in any way.)
  • New business support
  • Entrepreneurial / Start-Up Assistance
  • Expansion / Relocation Assistance
  • Site Selection Assistance
  • Resource and Referral
  • Market and labor data
  • Networking
  • Community Development initiatives
  • Business Advocacy
  • Housing development and redevelopment
  • Policy Guidance for Local and State Government
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • Workforce Development
  • Washington Business Park

Bottom line, WEDG wants to partner with existing and new businesses for the benefit of all involved.

WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Board of Directors

 

Ex-Officio Board Members

 

Staff

David Collins, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Group

 

Past Board Presidents

  • 2018  Nicole Slaubaugh
  • 2017  Dennis Hunger / Nicole Slaubaugh
  • 2016  Dan Franz
  • 2015  Adam Mangold
  • 2014  Adam Mangold
  • 2013  Dr. Mike Jorgensen
  • 2012  Don Sobaski
  • 2011  David Mitchell
  • 2010  David Mitchell
  • 2009  Chris Marshall
  • 2008  Mark Cobb
  • 2007  David Mitchell
  • 2006  Jim Hanshaw/Dave Mueller
  • 2005  Steve Olson
  • 2004  Steve Olson
  • 2003  Nancy Rash
  • 2002  Keith Lazar
  • 2001  John Moenck
  • 2000  Dean Dykstra
  • 1999  Dan Whitlow
  • 1998  Ann Harris
  • 1997  Jim Gorham
  • 1996  Steve Olson
  • 1995  Jim Dunn
  • 1994  Dick Gallagher
  • 1993  Keith Lazar
  • 1992  Keith Vetter
  • 1991  Keith Vetter
  • 1990  Joe McConnell
  • 1989  Joe McConnell
  • 1988  Darwin Sherman
  • 1987  Mike Salter
  • 1986  Craig Arbuckle

WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
2017-2019 INVESTORS

We are proud to have leading businesses and local governments as investors, helping us to carry out our mission: To Create and Promote an Environment for Economic Development.

City of Washington • Washington County  Riverside Casino & Golf Resort • Washington State Bank

In addition to our regular investors that help us to run the organization, WEDG is very grateful for the occasional grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to help us pursue special projects.

PLATINUM
($1,000+ annually)

Alliant Energy
Bazooka Farmstar
CBI Bank & Trust
Community 1st Credit Union
Engineered Building Design
Federation Bank
Ken & Rosemary Hanson
Hills Bank
Hy-Vee Food Store
Iowa Bridge & Culvert
City of Kalona
MD Orthopaedics
City of Riverside
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
City of Washington
Washington County Board of Supervisors
Washington County Hospital & Clinics
Washington State Bank
City of Wellman

GOLD
($500+ annually)

Agri-Way Partners LLC
Carl A. Nelson & Company
City of Brighton
Cobb Oil
Carl Dallmeyer
DeLong Construction
Eastern Iowa Light & Power
Eichelberger Farms Inc.
Farmers Electric Cooperative
Freeman Foods
Iowa Renewable Energy
Koller & Company, LLP &
Blue Ribbon Bookkeeping
Marshall Furniture
McDonald’s/Creative Management, Inc.
Mose Levy Company
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Open Gates Group / Kalona Creamery
Premier 1 Supplies
Washington Evening Journal

SILVER
($250+ annually)

Ameriprise Financial
Beatty Peterseim Funeral Homes
Brenneman Pork
Civco Medical Solutions
Community Medical Supply
Elliott Realty
Farm & Home Security Mutual Insurance Association
Greiner Buildings
Horak Insurance
JET Physical Therapy
Kalona Cooperative Technology Company
Mark Kendall CPA PC
Keota Unlimited
Kirkwood Community College
Keith & Sam Lazar
Dirk & Connie Larsen
Lepic Kroeger Realtors
Joe & Marde McConnell
Lloyd, McConnell, Davis & Lujan LLP
Ray-Man Inc.
Steven Olson & Dr. Heather Heddens, DDS
Statler Construction
Syngenta Seeds
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
True North Companies
US Bank
JW Vittetoe Pork
Washington County Ambulance
Washington Rotary Club
Wesley Halcyon House

BRONZE
($100+ annually)

Ed & Mary Brown
Gallagher Farms
Integrity Abstract Company
James & Karen Gorham
Krotz-Dieleman Dental Office
Virginia McCurdy Image Promotions & Tubador Enterprises
John & Karen Moenck
Don & Becky Patterson
Ed & Ericka Raber
Ross Auto & Muffler
Nicole & Scott Slaubaugh
Vetter’s Culligan Water
Washington County Farm Bureau
Washington County Pork Producers

Harvey Holden Outstanding Service Award

Since 1998, the Washington Economic Development Group has awarded the Harvey Holden Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for Harvey Holden. Mr. Holden retired in 1998 from the City of Washington after several terms as Mayor, and several prior terms on the Washington City Council. He was a farmer and businessman. He served on the board of directors of several businesses and non-profit organizations. He was a great volunteer for the Washington Economic Development Group. Now a centenarian, Mr. Holden continues to be active.

2018

Kalona Cooperative Technology Company, Inc. for their significant expansion of their broadband infrastructure into the City of Washington and other parts of Washington County.

City of Kalona for their cooperative effort to establish the Kalona Community Center.

2017

Brava Roof Tile

2016

Washington County Riverboat Foundation for awarding over $38 million through over 1,000 grants, making a big impact on Washington County since 2006.

2015

Bazooka Farmstar for its history and growth in the community, and leadership as a positive workplace.

2014

Kirkwood Washington Regional Center for opening a new $10 million regional education center

2013

Modine Manufacturing for their significant employment growth to over 280

2012

Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy – for entrepreneurship and innovation

2011

Hog Slat – for opening a new manufacturing facility in Washington

2009

Wellman Area Foundation – for completion of Wellman Parkside Activities Center

Washington Community School Board – for moving ahead to build a new Washington High School

Modine Manufacturing – for keeping the Washington Modine plant open 

2008 

Friends of Lake Darling State Park – for spearheading the development of a new 4-Seasons Day-use Lodge

Whitesell Corporation – for their relocation and expansion in Washington

2007

Washington Chamber of Commerce – for ongoing partnerships

Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC – for building a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel refinery

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – for building a new resort casino and employing 300 people

2006

Washington County Hospital Trustees – for building a new addition to the Washington County Hospital

2003

Washington Airport Commission – for innovation in developing new hangar and fueling facilities 

Lifetime Achievement Award to William Sitler (in memoriam) – for starting two successful companies, Sitler Supplies and Sitler Electric; for starting the Washington Betterment Foundation; and for his commitment to other community causes and initiatives.

2002

Washington County Conservation Board – for development of new Marr Park Education Center in Ainsworth

2001

John Prochaska (in memoriam) – for community leadership and business entrepreneurship

2000

Joe McConnell – for community leadership and dedication to WEDG

1999

Keith Lazar – for community leadership and dedication to WEDG

1998

Harvey Holden – for community leadership and public service as Mayor of Washington and the Washington City Council

WHAT WE DO

What We Do

The Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) is a local, public-private partnership, 501(C) (6) non-profit organization formed in 1986.  It grew out of a private, community based for-profit development corporation, Washington Industries, Inc. that was formed in the 1950s to provide leadership and direction to enhance economic development efforts for the benefit of the greater Washington area.  In today’s economic environment, a holistic approach is required when addressing economic and community development. Bring people together, identify opportunities and implement solutions.

Today, WEDG provides the communities in and around Washington County, Iowa with:

  • Existing business support and assistance (Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance in any way.)
  • New business support
  • Entrepreneurial / Start-Up Assistance
  • Expansion / Relocation Assistance
  • Site Selection Assistance
  • Resource and Referral
  • Market and labor data
  • Networking
  • Community Development initiatives
  • Business Advocacy
  • Housing development and redevelopment
  • Policy Guidance for Local and State Government
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • Workforce Development
  • Washington Business Park

Bottom line, WEDG wants to partner with existing and new businesses for the benefit of all involved.

BOARD + STAFF

WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Board of Directors

 

Ex-Officio Board Members

 

Staff

David Collins, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Group

 

Past Board Presidents

  • 2018  Nicole Slaubaugh
  • 2017  Dennis Hunger / Nicole Slaubaugh
  • 2016  Dan Franz
  • 2015  Adam Mangold
  • 2014  Adam Mangold
  • 2013  Dr. Mike Jorgensen
  • 2012  Don Sobaski
  • 2011  David Mitchell
  • 2010  David Mitchell
  • 2009  Chris Marshall
  • 2008  Mark Cobb
  • 2007  David Mitchell
  • 2006  Jim Hanshaw/Dave Mueller
  • 2005  Steve Olson
  • 2004  Steve Olson
  • 2003  Nancy Rash
  • 2002  Keith Lazar
  • 2001  John Moenck
  • 2000  Dean Dykstra
  • 1999  Dan Whitlow
  • 1998  Ann Harris
  • 1997  Jim Gorham
  • 1996  Steve Olson
  • 1995  Jim Dunn
  • 1994  Dick Gallagher
  • 1993  Keith Lazar
  • 1992  Keith Vetter
  • 1991  Keith Vetter
  • 1990  Joe McConnell
  • 1989  Joe McConnell
  • 1988  Darwin Sherman
  • 1987  Mike Salter
  • 1986  Craig Arbuckle
WEDG INVESTORS

WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
2017-2019 INVESTORS

We are proud to have leading businesses and local governments as investors, helping us to carry out our mission: To Create and Promote an Environment for Economic Development.

City of Washington • Washington County  Riverside Casino & Golf Resort • Washington State Bank

In addition to our regular investors that help us to run the organization, WEDG is very grateful for the occasional grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to help us pursue special projects.

PLATINUM
($1,000+ annually)

Alliant Energy
Bazooka Farmstar
CBI Bank & Trust
Community 1st Credit Union
Engineered Building Design
Federation Bank
Ken & Rosemary Hanson
Hills Bank
Hy-Vee Food Store
Iowa Bridge & Culvert
City of Kalona
MD Orthopaedics
City of Riverside
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
City of Washington
Washington County Board of Supervisors
Washington County Hospital & Clinics
Washington State Bank
City of Wellman

GOLD
($500+ annually)

Agri-Way Partners LLC
Carl A. Nelson & Company
City of Brighton
Cobb Oil
Carl Dallmeyer
DeLong Construction
Eastern Iowa Light & Power
Eichelberger Farms Inc.
Farmers Electric Cooperative
Freeman Foods
Iowa Renewable Energy
Koller & Company, LLP &
Blue Ribbon Bookkeeping
Marshall Furniture
McDonald’s/Creative Management, Inc.
Mose Levy Company
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Open Gates Group / Kalona Creamery
Premier 1 Supplies
Washington Evening Journal

SILVER
($250+ annually)

Ameriprise Financial
Beatty Peterseim Funeral Homes
Brenneman Pork
Civco Medical Solutions
Community Medical Supply
Elliott Realty
Farm & Home Security Mutual Insurance Association
Greiner Buildings
Horak Insurance
JET Physical Therapy
Kalona Cooperative Technology Company
Mark Kendall CPA PC
Keota Unlimited
Kirkwood Community College
Keith & Sam Lazar
Dirk & Connie Larsen
Lepic Kroeger Realtors
Joe & Marde McConnell
Lloyd, McConnell, Davis & Lujan LLP
Ray-Man Inc.
Steven Olson & Dr. Heather Heddens, DDS
Statler Construction
Syngenta Seeds
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
True North Companies
US Bank
JW Vittetoe Pork
Washington County Ambulance
Washington Rotary Club
Wesley Halcyon House

BRONZE
($100+ annually)

Ed & Mary Brown
Gallagher Farms
Integrity Abstract Company
James & Karen Gorham
Krotz-Dieleman Dental Office
Virginia McCurdy Image Promotions & Tubador Enterprises
John & Karen Moenck
Don & Becky Patterson
Ed & Ericka Raber
Ross Auto & Muffler
Nicole & Scott Slaubaugh
Vetter’s Culligan Water
Washington County Farm Bureau
Washington County Pork Producers

AWARDS

Harvey Holden Outstanding Service Award

Since 1998, the Washington Economic Development Group has awarded the Harvey Holden Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for Harvey Holden. Mr. Holden retired in 1998 from the City of Washington after several terms as Mayor, and several prior terms on the Washington City Council. He was a farmer and businessman. He served on the board of directors of several businesses and non-profit organizations. He was a great volunteer for the Washington Economic Development Group. Now a centenarian, Mr. Holden continues to be active.

2018

Kalona Cooperative Technology Company, Inc. for their significant expansion of their broadband infrastructure into the City of Washington and other parts of Washington County.

City of Kalona for their cooperative effort to establish the Kalona Community Center.

2017

Brava Roof Tile

2016

Washington County Riverboat Foundation for awarding over $38 million through over 1,000 grants, making a big impact on Washington County since 2006.

2015

Bazooka Farmstar for its history and growth in the community, and leadership as a positive workplace.

2014

Kirkwood Washington Regional Center for opening a new $10 million regional education center

2013

Modine Manufacturing for their significant employment growth to over 280

2012

Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy – for entrepreneurship and innovation

2011

Hog Slat – for opening a new manufacturing facility in Washington

2009

Wellman Area Foundation – for completion of Wellman Parkside Activities Center

Washington Community School Board – for moving ahead to build a new Washington High School

Modine Manufacturing – for keeping the Washington Modine plant open 

2008 

Friends of Lake Darling State Park – for spearheading the development of a new 4-Seasons Day-use Lodge

Whitesell Corporation – for their relocation and expansion in Washington

2007

Washington Chamber of Commerce – for ongoing partnerships

Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC – for building a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel refinery

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – for building a new resort casino and employing 300 people

2006

Washington County Hospital Trustees – for building a new addition to the Washington County Hospital

2003

Washington Airport Commission – for innovation in developing new hangar and fueling facilities 

Lifetime Achievement Award to William Sitler (in memoriam) – for starting two successful companies, Sitler Supplies and Sitler Electric; for starting the Washington Betterment Foundation; and for his commitment to other community causes and initiatives.

2002

Washington County Conservation Board – for development of new Marr Park Education Center in Ainsworth

2001

John Prochaska (in memoriam) – for community leadership and business entrepreneurship

2000

Joe McConnell – for community leadership and dedication to WEDG

1999

Keith Lazar – for community leadership and dedication to WEDG

1998

Harvey Holden – for community leadership and public service as Mayor of Washington and the Washington City Council