SCDC Director Looks Back At 2012 & Ahead at 2013

Date posted - January 2, 2013

Sheldon smallSheldon has undergone a great deal of growth in 2012. We talked with Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Executive Director Mark Gaul about the changes in town over the past year. Gaul says that the biggest change is in the Crossroads Industrial Park.

Gaul went on to talk about some of the other things that have taken place in 2012.

Gaul went on to list the expansion of Sheldon Crossing, including the move of Risefest to Sheldon, along with the new Casey’s Store at the intersection of Highway 18 and Business 60, as well as Shopko taking over the Pamida store in Sheldon, as major projects for 2012.

Gaul says the SCDC is also helping to address the need for housing in Sheldon.

Gaul says that, in addition to the Sheldon Crossing area, new housing development will take place in other areas of Sheldon, as well, including the Fieldcrest area of east Sheldon.

We asked Gaul what was on the horizon with the dawn of 2013.

Gaul says that the addition of businesses like Southwest Wholesale RV and Chinese Chef to the Runger Addition, as well as the proposed downtown infrastructure project, will help keep Sheldon moving in the right direction for 2013.

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6 Responses to “SCDC Director Looks Back At 2012 & Ahead at 2013”

  1. Bill Brasky says:

    For a town of 5,000, some really great things are happening. Exciting times. Keep it up, Mark and SCDC staff!

    • Typical Sheldon Citizen Poster says:

      Take your positive attitude somewhere else, Bill Brasky. Don’t you know that we only want to read posts about how worthless the SCDC is and how the City is doing everything backwards?!?
      Don’t you have some volunteering to do or a church meeting to attend?
      Crazy positive thinking people anyway. With all their proper grammar and correct spelling… get out of here.

  2. Unsure says:

    I wish I could take credit for corporate deals, like Pamida changing to Shopko or Caseys buying Kum & Go. Granted it is better keeping a retail store open rather than closing, but it really doesn’t change much except the name.
    Relocation is great, but really doesn’t count as growth to me. I have heard many times on similar stories of the ideas they have for lots for sale in the Runger Addition. Or who can locate where. I understand that there has to be a plan out there, but not sure they understand all of the aspects of all types of busineses. Can there maybe be a little more openess to all types of business with strict guidelines for appearance based on the type of business. Whether that be a landscaping business, or say a bodyshop??????????????????
    As positive as I can be about this type of chest pounding!

    • Bill Brasky says:

      Take a deep breath, brah. It’s going to be OK.

      The fact that these “corporate deals” are occurring means that there are folks out there interested in investing in Sheldon, Iowa. That is a good thing. There will be more to come.

      • Unsure says:

        More what relocating? I speak from first hand knowledge of businesses being given the run around when they aren’t what seems to fit the predetermined model for RA. Some lots sold for a dollar, then others are full price type of things.

        • Bill Brasky says:

          Ziegler Caterpillar is building a facility in Sheldon. Hy-Vee “relocated” several folks from the unemployment line a couple years ago when they expanded. The college has “relocated” more and more college students to their campus with their expansions. Not many towns this size have such a direct source of educated workers.

          What exactly do you want? This isn’t Sioux Falls. This isn’t even Le Mars. This is a small small town, believe it or not. A small town that has continued to stay relevant, sustain, and continue to transform. You use the terms “credit” and “chest-pounding”. Guess what, broseph, growth is a community game. There is no time for complainers. The role of the SCDC and the city is to create an environment where expansion, relocation, and development are desirable and possible. They have done that.

          And as far as the types of businesses that receive subsidized parcels, etc, the city is not in the business of gift-giving. They are in the business of determining which investments will give the town the greatest return.

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