Great News from the Valley

156 months of community growth and development in Valley County? You betchya, and today we’re bringing you a recap of the last three months of 2013. Today we release our quarterly report which details the past three months of economic development, Chamber, tourism promotion, housing, and Community Foundation activity in Valley County.


We’ve experienced more strong economic growth in Valley County. A few key projects we’re proud of include:

— We ended the year with a 65% increase in sales tax collection, a representation of dollars spent in our community. Ord saw an average increase of 10% per month over last year.

— The Ord Area Chamber Celebrated it’s 101st ribbon cutting since 2001. That’s an average of 8.4 new businesses per year folks. And that’s just Chamber businesses. In fact, since 2008, we’ve welcomed 57 new businesses in Valley County. Add to that business transfers and expansions and we’ve seen 678 jobs created or retained in Valley County. That’s rural development at its finest!

–Holiday Promotions: In conjunction with WinterFest, the Ord Area Chamber sponsored holiday ChamberBucks drawings throughout the month of December. A total of 575 entries were submitted by 92 participants. Receipts came from 42 different Chamber businesses and the entries reflected $24,656.23 spent at local Chamber businesses between November 25th and December 23rd. A total of $2,000 in ChamberBucks was awarded to four local shoppers.

The full report can be viewed here.

As always, we love to hear back from you: what questions do you have about our programs? Do you agree with how we use our fund for economic development?

Until then, Happy New Year!

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