The North Iowa Business & Industry Group which formed in 1975 has ceased operations.
In a letter from Board President Rich Honsey and Executive Director Martha Taylor, members were told that “it was determined to dissolve the Business & Industry Group of North Iowa.”
The letter says that the group has been “promoting County and City consolidation of services for years.”
The shuttering of the group was done due to changing times, apparently. “We were established in 1975, long before the internet, webinars, economic development groups and the many private/public partnerships in north Iowa. With company consolidations, business closings, fewer employees to attend programs, seminars and fund raising events, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain our non-profit organization and provide quality programs at a discount for our members.”
Alternatives to member businesses were suggested. “We feel confident that other organizations will help your company with legislative advocacy and quality programs. The Human Resource Association of North Iowa is there to help you as well as Workforce Development and the Employer’s Council of Iowa.”
The Mason City Chamber of Commerce was not mentioned as an alternative.
“The Business & Industry Group, formerly known as the NIAD Manufacturer’s Group, was formed by well known businessmen David Murphy (David Manufacturing) and Al deBuhr (Risto, Inc.). It was the first regional business group, and some believe the only regional business group in North Iowa. Our mission was supporting businesses through education and legislative advocacy,” said Taylor.
The group thanked the Iowa Heartlan Community Credit Union “for giving us office space, at no charge, for many years. They have been a true partner throughout our 36 year history.”