The Franklin County Development Association is the organization which handles business start-ups, expansions and relocations for Hampton, Sheffield, Latimer and all communities in Franklin County. In addition to being the gateway to local and state incentives, our services include site and facility location assistance, gap financing, business plan development and workforce recruitment. Got a question about a business matter? Give Karen a call at 641-456-5668.
"The Franklin County Development Association, partnering with area organizations and individuals, will lead county-wide economic growth through job retention and job creation, and support community development projects to improve the quality of life for the residents of Franklin County."
From cozy pocket communities to the county seat of Hampton, Franklin County provides a quality lifestyle. Here you will find a broad range of fun things to do, access to great education and healthcare along with people who are the definition of friendly. Welcome to the communities of Franklin County, one of the many reasons Franklin County can be better for your life.
Ackley is a progressive community with a great school system, classic
neighborhoods and thriving business sector.
City Hall: 641-847-3332
This farm community of friendly people is tucked into the fields of northwest
Franklin County. Alexander got its start by virtue of the first house
built in 1860 and is home to Latham
Hi-Tech Seed Company.
City Clerk: 515-571-1120
This pocket-sized community is located next to Interstate I-35 and features
a great shady city park and one of the best pizza places around.
City Hall: 641-866-6942
With one foot in Franklin County and the other in Wright County, the community
of Dows is noted for its unique historical treasures and restored rail
City Hall: 515-852-4327
Geneva residents are crazy for softball, baseball and anything to do
with the outdoors. Friendliness abounds in Geneva.
City Clerk: 641-494-8425
In addition to serving as the county seat of Franklin County, Hampton
was the hometown of Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy and of early television
personality Jack Bailey.
City Hall: 641-456-4853
This quiet, unassuming community is located minutes east of Hampton on
Hwy 3 and features Towns
End Winery. Friendly people are Hansell's hallmark.
City Clerk: 641-494-8425
High on commmunity pride and vigor Latimer offers safe streets,
welcoming neighbors and an entrepreneurial spirit. Hutchinson/Mayrath
recently opened their new buildings in the Latimer Business Park.
City Hall: 641-579-6452
There's a story needs be told about Mr. Slocum's suit, an interesting
story about the scarcity of clothes in the pioneer days and the discoveries
to be made by nosy neighbors.
City Clerk: 515-859-7486
Home to the 2011 Iowa State Basketball champs, the West Fork Nation
is also home to nationally recognized companies Sukup
Manufacturing and Creative
Solutions. Sheffield is a welcoming community eager to show you
their friendly side.
City Hall: 641-892-4718
Our schools and colleges are dedicated to providing the best education around. Whether a student is just starting out or a workforce needs to upgrade their skills, an Iowa education is another reason a Franklin County location can be better for your business and better for your life.
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Community School District- The Hampton-Dumont Community School
District consists of 1210 students from pre-K-12th grade. It is a
progressive school district which takes great pride in the educational
opportunities afforded its students. 11.7:1 student-to-teacher ratio
Fork Schools - Another progressive school district, the newly
merged West Fork School District blends students from Sheffield, Chapin,
Meservey, Thornton, Rockwell and Swaledale. 12:1 student-to-teacher
School District - The CAL School District consists of 276 students
from Coulter, Alexander and Latimer and is a nationally recognized
"school of excellence". 9.2:1 student to teacher ratio.
|AGWSR School District-
662 students from Geneva, Ackley, Wellsburg and Steamboart Rock attend
this district. AGWSR was selected by US News and World Reports as
one of the US top high schools (bronze award winner). 12:1 Student
to teacher ratio
St. Paul Lutheran School - Located in Latimer, Iowa, St. Paul's provides a
nurturing parochial school experience for K-8th graders.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Iowa Area Community College
of Northern Iowa
Health & Emergency Services
You sacrifice nothing in the way of quality healthcare and emergency
services when you locate in Franklin County. We provide a wide variety
of medical services and our communitites are staffed with trained and
caring personnel who are there when you need them. It's another reason
Franklin County can be better for your life.
Hospital Care-Located in Hampton, Iowa, Franklin
General Hospital provides caring, compassionate medical care covering
the full continum of primary healthcare. Franklin General has 25 acute
care beds, a primary care clinic (Franklin Medical Center) and a 52-bed
nursing facility providing high quality care in a rural setting. Franklin
General Hospital is affiliated with the award winning
Mercy Health Network of North Iowa. The world-renowned Mayo
Clinic in Rochester Minnesota is within easy reach.
General Family Practice - Family practice medical clinics are located
in Ackley, Dows, Dumont, Latimer, Hampton and Sheffield.
Healthcare Services - Of course you will find a full
compliment of other health care services including dentists, optometrists,
chiropractors and licensed massage therapists.
Emergency Services - First responders and ambulance
services found in all communities complimented by air ambulancewhich is
Law Enforcement - County Sheriff's Department plus local
police departments have the county covered well.
Fire Protection - Communities are serviced by dedicated volunteer fire
fighters with inter-agency agreements to ensure abundant coverage.
Things to do
Where do we start? Seriously, there's so much to do in and around Franklin
County. Outside of surfing or mountain climbing, there's not alot we don't
offer. Factor in the four seasons and we think you will have your hands
full with indoor fun like shopping, bowling, swimming, basketball, track,
museums, movies and theater plus outdoor activities like camping, hiking,
golfing, target shooting, hunting, fishing or hitting the water for some
swimming or boating.
Please check out these sites for more information
Franklin County Fair
Franklin County Conservation
Parks & Campgrounds
Nestled in the heartland of the upper central United States, Franklin County Iowa embodies all that is good about rural America. Self-reliance, hard work and investing in our future come together to make us a great location for business. Bottom line benefits to business are realized through our low purchase and lease price points; business-friendly skilled workforce, lower than average utility rates and a single-factor nonunitary tax law.
In a nutshell
||Available buildings with build-to-suit options.
||Tax benefits and 0% forgiveable loans.
||Business expansions and locations investing millions.
||Quality communities and enviable lifestyle.
||Four seasons worth of fun and activities.
| Whether you are a site selector, business owner, corporate real estate broker or someone just browsing for information, we welcome you to Franklin County.
So you're thinking about taking the plunge? You've come to the right place. A Franklin County location makes sense for business. Our foundation was built by industry and to this day it remains the staple upon which our economy relies. But we aren't just about industry. Information technology, agri-business, commercial and retail also do well here.
FCDA has a history of many successful projects involving both new business locations and existing business expansions. We are your boots on the ground to help get things done and we have the experience to back it up. FCDA has built and filled three speculative buildings plus we do build-to-suit and leaseback projects.
Let us assist you with any building or site needs, financing for the project, getting a workforce together and training them to your specifications.
sites and industrial parks
Licenses & permits
Property tax levies
Need something else? By all means please contact
So you think you might have the right stuff to take a shot at building your
dream? Good for you! We have a suite of resources to help you get started,
to build your idea and to get to the launchpad. We value entrepreneurs in
Franklin County. Some of our greatest successes (Sukup
N'Go Convenience Stores
and many others) have gotten their start here.
Franklin County Entre Team
- A group of attorneys, accountants, retail and industry experts have agreed
to provide free time to consult with you about your project. They don't
shake your hand just once, they are willing to become a long-term partner
and mentor to help you over the rough spots. We also provide initial consulting
and technical services to help you explore if this is the road you want
to go down. Access to the Team is by emailing
- The gold standard of start-up advice
and assistance, the Center is located on the campus of North Iowa Area Community
College in nearby Mason City, Ia. Through these partners you can access
one of the most recognized courses in how to build a business plan in the
entire nation. They also have access to funding streams and follow-up assistance.
Scholarship assistance available for the Launch and Learn classes. Contact
Economic Development Authority
- This is where you can find
a great collection of resources for planning and funding.
- What an employer needs to know about hiring, payroll taxes, postings,
Confused? No problem, we are happy to help so please feel free to contact
The lifestyle found in Franklin County is one of our best kept secrets
however we will share it with you. We don't have a rush hour. A traffic
jam is three pickups and a Chevy. Kids walk to school in safety and
"How's it going?" is a heart- felt question. Travel, good food and fine
wine are as much a part of our culture as are sports, a good education,
hard work and plenty of play time.
Let's drill down -
- A brief overview of the towns in Franklin County. From the County Seat
of Hampton to our littlest hamlet, we have a place for you.
is known for a delivering a solid education and Franklin County schools
keep to that tradition with a goal of preparing our students for the future.
Wellness and Safety
- You can access first-class healthcare through Mercy Health of North Iowa
and the world-renowned hospitals in nearby Rochester, Mn. We also have you
covered with emergency services.
seasons allow for the widest variety of activities, both indoor and out.
From bow hunting to boutique shopping there is something for everyone in
We have a whole library of information on Franklin County and our communities
plus links to information on Iowa. Hopefully you will find what you
are looking for and if not, by all means contact
- A quick
view of who we are
- A look from a state-wide perspective
and information from 2010 census
- A look at why we are a smart choice for this sector.
- Information on our growth in advanced manufacturing.
Property Tax Levies
- A breakdown of commercial property taxes in cities and unincorporated
Studies and Reports
- From Phase 1 to workforce reports, county ordinances and a whole lot in
The Franklin County Development Association is the organization which handles
business start-ups, expansions and relocations for Hampton, Sheffield, Latimer
and all communities in Franklin County. In addition to being the gateway
to local and state incentives, our services include site and facility location
assistance, gap financing, business plan development and workforce recruitment.
Got a question about a business matter? Give Karen a call at 641-456-5668.
FCDA Mission Statement
”The Franklin County Development Association, partnering with area
organizations and individuals, will lead county-wide economic growth through
job retention and job creation, and support community development projects
to improve the quality of life for the residents of Franklin County.”
Legal Structure and Governance
Franklin County Development Association is a duly incorporated 501(c)
6, organized in 1980 for the purpose of business growth and development
in Franklin County. We are a private, non-profit organization and our
fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30. FCDA is governed by a volunteer
board of directors who meet on a monthly basis plus one annual membership
meeting. The board provides general policy and oversight. Regular minutes
and financial records are maintained in the company's corporate offices
with oversight by a certified public accountant.
Location and Staffing
FCDA offices are located in the Center One office building located at 5
First St. S.W., Hampton, Iowa. FCDA employs one full-time executive director,
Karen L. Mitchell and an administrative assistant. Karen brings 16 years
of experience in economic development and is graduated from the University
of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and Iowa State University Extension
Officers and Board Members
Businesses benefit from the diverse and experienced members who serve on
the Board of Directors. Our county-wide viewpoint plus deep experience in
industry, commercial, financing, entrepreneurship, utilities, insurance
and law all combine to provide a great vision and practical knowledge about
the needs of business.
| Kathy Alden Pres.
||Dave Wohlford, V.P.
||Bruce Harris, Treas.
|| Doug Peter, Past Pres.