Decorah Jobs is a local economic development group whose primary purpose is to conserve, improve, develop, promote, advance and expand existing industrial, commercial and professional enterprises and said locality. Decorah Jobs focuses to attract and aid in securing the location of new industries in Decorah, by advertising and publicizing the industrial, cultural, labor, social, and educational and physical advantages of the area. The organization teams up with Winneshiek County Development and Tourism to assist locating, developing and making available suitable industrial sites for businesses and tourism industries.
The organization was formed in 1953. The Freeport Industrial Park was one of the first projects Decorah Jobs was a part of. The Park was a two phase development put together with the assistance of Winneshiek County Development. At the time of startup, there was no public infrastructure except the county road system. Between the two phases, more than 50 acres had been acquired for development starting in 1978. By 2004, more than 15 large employers had located in the Industrial Park, creating more than 400 jobs.
In 1999, the Decorah Business Park was created, now comprised of more than 180 acres. The Business Park is located along Highway 9 and across from the Decorah Municipal Airport. With utilities and infrastructure in place, the Decorah Business Park is one of the few available properties in Winneshiek County that has light manufacturing, retail and commercial property available for prospective business developers and site selectors. Since 2000, major development and expansions have occurred within the Business Park. There now more than 15 businesses that have developed in the Business Park, employing more than 300 people. With Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. as the largest addition, the Business Park has been a popular place to be for visitors from all over the world.
Ben Grimstad, Decorah Bank and Trust
Chris Redenius, Bodenstiener Implement
Dave Rooney, Winneshiek Medical Center
Andrew Bailey, Luther College
Harlan Satrom, Northwestern Mutual
Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products
Lindsay Erdman, Erdman Engineering
Mark Lovelace, A&J Petersburg Agency
Mike Harman, Harman Realty
Rick Burras, Viking State Bank and Trust
Jeremy Thompson, Putnam, Thompson and Casper Law Office
Marla Klocke, Design Solutions
Steven Zittergruen, City of Decorah
Kirk Johnson, City of Decorah
Kirsten Olson, City of Decorah
Travis Goedken, City of Decorah
Dan Bellrichard, Sogo Snacks
Stephanie Fromm, Winneshiek County Development/Secretary