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Delaware County Economic Development

Who We Are

Business success is happening here in Delaware County because we focus our time and energy on the needs of our business community and citizens. It’s no secret that to be successful today you must have vision driven leadership. And, when you look at the accomplishments Delaware County has had over the years, it’s easy to see why we’re considered a leader in community and economic development.

Started in 1986, Delaware County Economic Development (DCED) is the oldest countywide industrial development group in the State of Iowa. Since our inception, we have attracted and retained more than fifteen companies, and have helped with nearly a dozen expansion projects. Over 600 manufacturing jobs have been created in the last decade alone.

Our main focus today is the development and implementation of one of the most sophisticated workforce development and recruitment programs in the state.

What We Do

In an effort to address the workforce needs of area companies, Delaware County businesses and government agencies have formed a public-private partnership called the Delaware County Career Alliance/Human Resource Alliance. Members of the Career Alliance/Human Resources include existing business and industry, Delaware County Economic Development, the Manchester and Edgewood Chambers of Commerce, Sedona Staffing, Manchester Regional Education Partnership, City of Manchester, Iowa Workforce Development, Northeast Iowa Community College, Upper Iowa University, area School to Work coordinators, and local council on government.

For many years, the Alliance has been working to address the short and long-term employment and training needs of our local workforce. Through our efforts, we have made progress in providing our employers and citizens with timely information on the area labor force, worker training programs for companies.

Meet Our Team

Donna Boss

Donna Boss

Economic Development
Executive Director

Bev Rahe

Bev Rahe

Economic Development
Assistant Director