TS Bank, Treynor, Iowa, will host the first southwest Iowa community and economic development forum in late February, partnering with the Southwest Iowa Planning Council and the Western Iowa Development Association.
The forum will be held on Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Griswold, Iowa, and will be geared toward city, county and government officials, chambers of commerce staff, organizations working on economic development and board members.
TEDx keynote speaker Deb Brown, along with a panel of economic development peers, will speak on a variety of topics regarding economic development. Attendees will also have a chance to network and participate in roundtable discussions about downtown development, workforce development, housing and recreational amenities.
The end goal of this event is for everyone to be able to bring back fresh ideas to their board, organization and community, according to a statement by the $375 million bank.
The idea for the forum was inspired by interactions and collaborations during the bank’s community advisory group meetings held across Southwest Iowa.
“We were inspired by all of the forward progress and momentum in each town and hope that this event serves as a conduit to bring all of these amazing people and organizations together to learn from one another,” said Melissa Peterson, director of marketing. “Our overall goal is to see Southwest Iowa prosper.”