Posted: March 11, 2019
We welcomed Senator Grassley to West Union on March 19, 2019. We took him on a tour of our businesses located in our Main Street District on this visit. In the future we will welcome him back to showcase our business community on Hwy. 150 & 18.
We met Senator Grassley and team at Unionland Feeds and showcased the unique approach to retailing they offer with locally grown and made food and products. Chelsie of Unionland gave the Senator a great presentation on where their products come from and that they all are from Iowa based businesses. Then we introduced Nick of Euphoria Coffee and he told the Senator about his new coffee shop in West Union and that he roasts his own coffee beans.
Next we escorted the Senator to Woodland Eye Clinic. On the way I was able to explain to Senator Grassley that this is a new business. They are under construction due to the fact that they will be moving their business from the basement to the main level with street access. I explained to Senator Grassley how important it is that we were able in a community this size to retain this eye clinic and we are so glad that Woodland Eye Clinic is here. I explained to him that we also have retained a dental business which relocated to Hwy. 18 next to Casey’s.
Then we walked to Bank 1st on our way Jon Biederman, Fehr Graham and Dick Woodard, Woodard Insurance were able to give the Senator the information on our streetscape and geo thermal system. On arrival to Bank 1st we escorted the Senator to an office that he was able to see the solar panels that Bank 1st is utilizing along with the geo thermal system. Tobin Britt, Bank President and CEO explained to the Senator the changes that have happened since incorporating these two green concepts.
Then we escorted the Senator to the Library. On our way I explained to him about Main Street Iowa. What they have helped the City of West Union do with the streetscape and geothermal. Also the guidance they have given me and that we consider ourselves a family in historic preservation. Then I showed him a conceptual drawing from the designers of Main Street Iowa of the Villont Building and that the City has possession of the building and they are hoping to get the exterior work done on the building very soon. Nick McIntyre answered questions the Senator had about the City and their future plans of the building.
At the library Senator Grassley went right to work answering questions at an open forum.
It was a very good time for US to tell West Union’s story. We look forward to Senator Grassley and his team coming back to see the great businesses we have outside our downtown district. My hopes with having Senator Grassley here were for him to understand our successes for a community a size of 2,500 people. It takes everyone in this community to make us stand out in Iowa but also in the US. Hopefully Senator Grassley and his team took something positive back with them to Washington DC and shares with their colleagues.