History

Forest City Development was established in April 1956 by the Chamber of Commerce to attract industry to Forest City. The jobs created by new companies would replace the numbers of farm families who were being reduced as the size of farms increased. One of its first projects was the formation of Modernistic Industries, Inc. which manufactured travel trailers. This company later became Winnebago Industries Inc.

In November 30, 2001, Forest City Development transferred its assets to Forest City Economic Development Inc., a not-for-profit corporation.

Staff

Executive Director

Beth Bilyeu
E-mail: Beth@forestcityia.com

Board of Directors

Officers

President Mason Harms Waldorf College
Vice President John Roisen 3M Distribution
Secretary Cindy Carter Waldorf College
Treasurer Bill Krahling Titonka Savings Bank

Board of Directors

Brent Aberg Mosaic
Bob Alsop Waldorf College
Dave Arndt D.K. Arndt, P.C.
Steve Bakke Bakke & Gordon Law Offices
Ray Beebe Retired
Allan Boyken Titonka Savings Bank
Dennis Busta MBT
Cindy Carter Waldorf College
Tony Coloff KIOW Radio
Terry Durby Winnebago County Supervisor
Mary Ann Farus First Choice Realty
Lynn Hagenson Farmers Cooperative
Mason Harms Waldorf College
Chuck Holland Holland Contracting
Dave Kingland MBT
Jonathan Klassen MBT
Bill Krahling Titonka Savings Bank
Daryl Krieger Winnebago Industries
Darwin Lehmann Forest City Community Schools
Ron Lichtsinn Lichtsinn RV
Pat Lovik Missal Insurance & Real Estate
Tony Mikes City of Forest City Councilperson
Winnebago Industries
Shelley Robson The Quilted Forest
John Roisen 3M Distribution
Byron Ruiter City of Forest City Mayor
Vicki Tegland Forest City Ford
Mark Thoma WCTA
Courtney Wooge Farm & City Insurance

Committees

Housing

Co-Chairperson – Dennis Busta
Co-Chairperson – Pat Lovik

Create and utilize housing options to increase and diversify the types of housing units in the community; to meet the changing demographics of Forest City and housing needs.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Co-Chairperson – Mason Harms
Co-Chairperson – Jonathan Klaassen

Develop and support the recruitment and retention of small businesses and entrepreneurs; to develop a culture that encourages entrepreneurship and small business growth.

Industrial & Large Business

Co-Chairperson – Dave Kingland
Co-Chairperson – John Roisen

Expand the industrial and large business base in Forest City; to diversify by size and type of industry.

Professional & Educational

Co-Chairperson – Steve Bakke
Co-Chairperson – Ray Beebe

Attract medical, dental, legal, accounting, and other professionals; as well as, facilitate interaction and development with Waldorf College and Forest City School Systems.

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Forest City Economic Development

145 South Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: 641-585-5560
Toll Free: 866-585-2092
Fax: 641-585-2687

Beth Bilyeu

Executive Director
Beth@forestcityia.com