IFADC, Litwiller receive Silver Shovel recognition

Times Citizen

The Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation recently received a Silver Shovel Award from the Iowa Area Development Group. Pictured are (left to right) Rand Fisher (Iowa Area Development Group), Cindy Litwiller, Steve Klein, Dan Stockdale, Norm Fandel (Midland Power Cooperative), Mark Noll and Larry Johnson.
The Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation recently received a Silver Shovel Award from the Iowa Area Development Group. Pictured are (left to right) Rand Fisher (Iowa Area Development Group), Cindy Litwiller, Steve Klein, Dan Stockdale, Norm Fandel (Midland Power Cooperative), Mark Noll and Larry Johnson.

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), honored Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation (IFADC) and Executive Director Cindy Litwiller with a Silver Shovel Award at the Midland Power Cooperative Member Appreciation meeting on July 8.

The Silver Shovel Award honors outstanding leadership, innovation and achievement in business and community development. In presenting the award, Rand Fisher, president of IADG, highlighted numerous accomplishments of IFADC, including its comprehensive approach to economic development in leading business development efforts with existing industry, new business and industrial locations.

Litwiller was recognized for her leadership as Past President of the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership, past council woman and Mayor Pro Tem of Fort Dodge, participation in the Professional Developers of Iowa, and other statewide initiatives.

IFADC was instrumental in the Iowa Falls/Hardin County Industrial Park being designated as one of Iowa’s first Iowa Certified Sites by the Iowa Economic Development Authority in April 2014. Recent growth within the area includes the new Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls; 40,000-squarefoot
expansion of Metal Tech Industries; and development of the Highway 65 and Highway 20 intersection, including a possible 40-acre industrial park.

IFADC was nominated for the award by Midland Power Cooperative.

The Silver Shovel Award also brought with it a $1,000 contribution from the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation. The financial award will allow IFADC to strengthen its support to the businesses and communities of the Iowa Falls area. The IADG Community Foundation was established to facilitate community based philanthropy throughout rural Iowa, promote entrepreneurship and advance economic development.

The Silver Shovel Award was established to recognize significant accomplishments of rural development partners. IADG was established in 1985 to help its utility sponsors and their communities promote and foster economic development. The organization and its utility sponsors have been instrumental in facilitating more than 1,900 projects, $9 billion in investment and creating
over 50,000 jobs for rural Iowa.