People are gaining awareness of rural areas with opportunities that people may have overlooked before. Elkader, a city located in Clayton County, Iowa is focusing its economic development efforts focus on retaining existing businesses, helping local businesses expand and attracting working families by touting the quality-of-life elements unique to small towns. One of the community’s economic-development tools is an 81-acre, privately owned industrial park with fiber optic availability.
The park’s current tenants include Alpine Communications, a telecommunications company; utility Alliant Energy; Clayton County; Mobile Track Solutions, a manufacturer of construction equipment; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Clayton County service office and Elkader’s emergency services building, including the fire department.
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