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CF Industries Announces $1.7 Billion Expansion

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. announced that it will construct new ammonia and urea/UAN production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and new ammonia and area units at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa.

Photo by Bob Rasmus

The Port Neal project will add new state-of-the-art ammonia and granular urea production units to meet customer demand.  The project will supplement existing production of ammonia and urea ammonia nitrate (UAN).

The project will have a total capital investment of $1.7 billion and will create 100 new jobs with a qualifying wage of $20.12.

“This is another great announcement for Iowa, and we are proud that CF Industries has chosen us for its $1.7 billion expansion,” said Governor Terry E. Branstad. “Our state is clearly well-positioned to take advantage of the growing domestic fertilizer industry.  Not only does that mean significant investment that will continue to grow our economy, but also the creation of high-paying jobs for Iowans.”

Chamber Using Technology for Business Growth & Retention

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative is using web-based technology for more than just fun and games. It is our goal to connect, promote and attract businesses to the Siouxland area. Yesterday, our very own Director of Investor Relations, Beth Trejo spoke to the Greater Sioux City Press Club on how exactly the Chamber is using these tools to connect business. Whether its our economic development efforts or offering another way for business to be found online, these important steps keep the Chamber in touch with technology and our members.

We also were featured on several of our local media stations. Those clips can be found below.

KPTH Fox44
KTIV Channel 4

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce & The Siouxland Initiative Search for New President

As the leading Siouxland area business advocate, the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce represents its investors by promoting the economic welfare and the quality of life for the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota tri-state region.  This position serves as the chief executive officer of the Chamber and has the overall responsibility for the complete operation of the Chamber, The Siouxland Initiative and the Chamber Foundation. 


This person

  •  Has the ability to bridge the gaps and work with the personalities of the local governments of the three states which the Siouxland Chamber represents in order to create significant, positive changes that will prepare Siouxland for the future, ensuring quality of life for its citizens.
  • Assumes responsibility for Chamber affiliates such as Chamber Foundation, The Siouxland Initiative, and others that exist or are established.
  • Leads the organization’s capital investment campaign.
  •  Plans, organizes and directs the operations of the Chamber in such a way as to insure the necessary investment, in terms of both manpower and money, to enable the chamber to carry out its functions in the fields of economic development, civic development and legislative action.
  •  Develops a definite program of work for the Chamber which serves to direct the activities of the organization and defines its goals and accomplishments.
  •  Develops an adequate organization and staff, assigns functions, defines lines of authority and responsibility and sets up an efficient system of operation.
  • Acts as public relations representative to members, the public and with other organization and governmental bodies by maintaining open communications with all.
  •  Represents the Chamber before public and private groups.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements programs to promote the economic development of the Siouxland area, concentrating on greater employment opportunities, expanded payrolls, and a broader tax base.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains a marketing plan to sell the Siouxland area as a location to potential industrial and commercial prospects.
  •  Responsible for hiring and terminating employees focusing on developing staff members to perform at their greatest potential.
  •  Identifies problems on the local level that hinder expansion, working with local firms on expansion efforts.
  • Maintains a close liaison and coordinates joint economic development efforts with developers, government agencies and surrounding communities.
  • Accepts other responsibilities as may be designated by the Board of Directors.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; and related experience and/or training.  The degree requirement may be waived, depending on applicant’s training and experience.


Communication Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex information.  Ability to write reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the Board of Directors, groups of managers, clients, investors, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to interpret and present financial information.  Establish budgets and work within established financial guidelines.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Application deadline is January 21, 2011.


Please send resume and cover letter to:

Siouxland Chamber Search Committee
c/o Michael Bennett
4280 Sergeant Road
Suite 250
Sioux City, IA 51106


Who is it going to be?

With Chamber President, Debi Durham’s recent announcement to accept the position of Director of Economic Development for the state, many questions have been asked as to who the new President of the Siouxland Chamber will be? While we promise to let you know as soon as a decision is made, the reality is the selection process for a new president is not yet complete. The Executive Board of the Siouxland Chamber recognizes the importance of this position to the Chamber, the Siouxland Initiative and the community and that is why they have decided to be thorough in making this important decision.

What will happen in the meantime you may be asking? Well not to worry. All of us here on the Chamber staff are comfortable handling our respective duties and for us it will simply be business as usual. We all will continue working and fighting for business and quality of life in Siouxland. However, stay tuned to our blog for updates on all things Chamber.

SD=#1 in Nation for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

As a part of Siouxland, we’re glad to hear that South Dakota has been chosen as the best place in the country for small business and entrepreneurship. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) today released its 14th annual rankings of the states according to their public policy climates titled “Small Business Survival Index 2009: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation.”

The ‘Small Business Survival Index’ helps business owners and investors understand the public policy burdens placed on entrepreneurship and small business, with the states ranked accordingly.”
SBEC chief economist Raymond J. Keating author of the study commented, “Policy matters. Most politicians talk a good game when it comes to small business, but their actions don’t often match their rhetoric. The ‘Small Business Survival Index’ gets at the public policy costs and trends that affect – directly or indirectly – entrepreneurship and small businesses. These measures should matter to everyone because small businesses, of course, drive innovation, economic growth and job creation. If we want to get our economy back on a solid, robust growth track, then we need pro-entrepreneur policies at the federal, state and local levels.”

The “Small Business Survival Index” is the most comprehensive measure of which states are truly friendly to small business, and which are not in terms of public policy decisions. The factors included in the Index – taxes, various regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care and energy costs, and much more –matter a great deal to the competitiveness of each state and to the well being of small business.

The Siouxland Initiative, the economic development arm of the Chamber, is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Tri-State region and is are currently working on several projects that will help in this effort. They have recently began making plans to facilitate entrepreneurship in the food processing industry by developing a program where resources for these types of new ventures can be gathered in a single entity. The Initiative is also developing an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, which provides resources to highly qualified individuals to help them start new companies with an eye on commercializing technology being developed at universities.
For a listing of how other states were rated, view the map.

Photo Credit:Martin Charbonneau

Your Questions Answered: Technology Transfer

The Professional Developers of Iowa Spring 2009 Conference is being held in Sioux City May 27-29. This afternoon I had the opportunity to get some questions answered by Kenneith Kirkland, PhD, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. about technology transfer and its uses.

Q: What is technology transfer?

Kirkland: Technology transfer is the process of getting inventions to companies so that they can develop them into products.

Q: What is the link between economic growth and technology transfer:

Kirkland: Technology transfer provides opportunity for economic development in the state of Iowa. We have $84 million worth of products in Iowa from licensing provided by this process.

Q: How have you been working with the Siouxland Initiative?

Kirkland: They have been very helpful for ISU. Joseph has been helping us make contacts in Iowa and in getting people interested in licensing.

Kirkland and Joseph Wright, JD, Siouxland Initiative will be presenting on Technology Transfer from a University later this afternoon at the PDI Conference.

Positively Siouxland

Radio Update by Siouxland Initiative Executive Vice President, Chris McGowan.

Schools out for Summer

Track and Field Results

Spend Locally Siouxland Commercial

The Siouxland Chambers own Debi Durham (President), and Chris McGowan (Siouxland Initiative) along with Rich Waller (President & CEO) of Security National Bank were featured in a CableONE Advertising commercial about the local economy.  The commercial encourages siouxlanders to look inward and spend locally.  In the harsh economic times carefully spending and buying locally will help get us through.  Our economy will continue to grow while we spend.

“Stay Confident Siouxland” :-)

The Siouxland Initiative Recognized Amongst the Nation’s Best


For the second year in a row The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development arm of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Local Economic Development Groups in the nation for 2008. Today, the annual rankings were announced at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s (IMAC) semi-annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina. There to accept the award was TSI President Debi Durham and Executive Vice President Chris McGowan. The two accepted the award in front of around 500 corporate real estate executives, site selection consultants, and economic development professionals.

The economic development groups were ranked by four different types of criteria. The Criteria included: creation of new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, the dollar amount of new capital investment, and new investment per 10,000 residents. Other factors like innovation, leadership, and customer service were taken into consideration.

Many people might not realize what a prestigious award this is for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the Siouxland area. Just to name a few of the other top ten’s: The Greater Houston Partnership of Texas, The Dayton Development Coalition of Ohio, and World Business of Chicago. As you can see the Siouxland Chamber is sizing up very well around the nation in terms of economic development. In the economy we live in today, an award like this means a lot because it shows that the TSI is working hard to bring jobs and opportunities to the Siouxland Area. Being part of the Siouxland Chamber, I’m proud to see all the hard work  paying off for The Siouxland Initiative and look forward to the continual growth of the region.

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