Washington County Economic Development Agency

Find Washington County Iowa economic development agencies, departments, and corporations. Economic development agencies provide information on resources for economic growth, expansion of local businesses, attracting new business and tourism.

Washington Economic Development 205 West Main Street Washington IA 52353 319-653-3942

About Washington County Economic Development Agencies

Washington County Economic Development Agencies (EDA's) are government agencies at the Iowa State, Washington County, or local level whose mission is to promote business activity and development, attract and retain business, facilitate development that increases employment and the tax base, and encourage an environment in which the economy can thrive in Washington County, IA.

You may contact the Economic Development Office for questions about:
  • Washington County Economic Development programs and services
  • City and community development
  • Job creation, training, and workforce development
  • Washington County Economic Development funds
  • EDA grants and funding
Washington County Business Development

Economic Development Agencies in Washington County promote Iowa, Washington County, or community as a favorable location to do business. They usually work closely with Washington County Chambers of Commerce and other business groups to market the region for business development. This collaboration often involves creating marketing materials, developing promotional advertising, and organizing Washington County business expos.

Small Business Support Programs

The Washington County Economic Development Agency may include an office dedicated to supporting small businesses. The Washington County government can support small businesses by providing ombudsmen services, helping small businesses work through licensing and Washington County permitting requirements, and raising awareness of bidding opportunities on government contracts.

Land Development Programs in Washington County, Iowa

Washington County Economic Development Centers actively seek developers for undeveloped land or parcels in need of redevelopment. They market development opportunities, and in cases where obstacles to development exist, they may help identify gap funding or other solutions to impediments such as site contamination. Washington County EDA's also maintain inventories of available commercial land and commercial building space in order to serve as a matchmaker for developers, landlords, and business owners.

Washington County Tax Incentives

Washington County Economic Development Corporations sometimes offer tax incentives to businesses that expand or relocate within their jurisdiction. This strategy is particularly common at the Iowa State level, but it also takes place at the Washington County and local levels. Typically, the Economic Development Agency offers a Washington County tax incentive or tax abatement based on the theory that the new or expanded business will generate job opportunities and thus increase the tax base.

Economic Development Grants & Loans

Washington County grants and non-traditional loans are also available through Economic Development Agencies. Common grants to businesses include Brownfield Redevelopment grants, facade improvement grants, and Washington County public improvement grants. A variety of Washington County loan programs may be accessible through an Economic Development Agency, often at below-market interest rates and with less stringent credit requirements than loans from traditional financing institutions.