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Neighbors Growing Together | May 21, 2018

FEDA moves downtown

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: Nicole Major/Ledger photo Iowa State Bank’s marketing coordinator Meredith Flattery, FEDA’s executive director Joshua Laraby and Iowa State Bank’s president and CEO Aaron Kness stand in front of FEDA’s new downtown location inside the Iowa State Bank.

Earlier this week, the Fairfield Economic Development Association relocated to Iowa State Bank’s downtown building.

“About a year and a half ago, FEDA set sight on relocating our offices to a more central location,” said FEDA’s executive director Joshua Laraby. “When we began searching for a new location earlier this year, what we found was that available space in the downtown was limited. Interestingly, that’s good news. It’s an indication of the strength and vitality of the local economy.”

Laraby said FEDA’s focus on relocating to a more centralized location was driven by a goal the organization set for their offices to become more visible and more assessable.

Aaron Kness, president and CEO of Iowa State Bank said that although the bank has never had a tenant, FEDA seemed like a natural match.

“I feel great about it,” Kness said. “FEDA does a lot of things that we try to be involved with.”

Kness said that this year, the bank consolidated its retail banking services to its Burlington Avenue location, which led to available space at the banks North Court Street location.

FEDA’s new office is just off the bank’s entrance, which used to house the personal banker. The new office was expanded to provide additional space.

“At Iowa State Bank, we understand the vital roles community banks and economic development associations play in the local economy,” Kness said. “We are very excited to welcome an impactful, like-minded organization to our downtown location. We continue to view our Court Street location as an important professional ‘hub.’”

Kness said in addition to FEDA and the banks administration and operations staff, the location is also home to Ameriprise Financial Services.

Laraby said the new locale has already benefited FEDA when it comes to accessibility and visibility.

“We are already enjoying the benefits of being downtown,” he said. “We want to thank Iowa State Bank for providing us this opportunity, and we also want to thank Agri-Industrial Plastics Company, who donated some beautiful executive office furniture to FEDA for its new location.”

FEDA encourages the community to visit its new location.

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