Charles City Area Development Corporation
About Charles City, Iowa / Floyd County Iowa
Charles City (population 7,652), the county seat of Floyd County is situated along the Avenue of the Saints (Iowa 27) in northern Iowa. Charles City is a significant commercial and transportation center for the area, located on U.S. Highways 18 and 218, Iowa Highway 14, and the Canadian National Railway Co. and the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Charles City is known as the birthplace of the farm tractor in the early 1900’s by the Hart-Parr Company.
Charles City Area Development Corporation 2017
Floyd County Home Base Iowa Initiative
The state of Iowa has proactively become competitive in pursuit of transitioning military talent in creating the “Home Base Iowa” program in 2014. Assistance is available for employment, housing and identifying communities where their skills shall be valued. Home Base Iowa helps address Iowa’s middle-skill workforce gap.
This is a unique opportunity for businesses to access the wealth of talent and experience engendered within our military personnel. Businesses have the opportunity to recruit prospective employees with technical and transferable skills. Communities have the opportunity to add residents of high moral fiber, good work ethic and social productivity.
Floyd County was certified as a “Home Base Iowa Community” on 23 September 2014.
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors is implementing the Home Base Iowa local veteran’s incentive by offering a $10,000 loan to be used for down payment assistance, closing costs and/or home improvements at closing for a residence purchased in Floyd County. Home improvement services and materials must be purchased in Floyd County. The loan is repayable over five years at 0% interest. A veteran is defined as: a. Meeting standards of service denoted in Chapter 35 “Veterans Affairs” subsection 35.1 “Definitions” of the Code of Iowa 2013; b. A federal status injured person having served in active duty; c. A surviving spouse of an eligible service person.
Applicants must be employed at minimum 30 hours per week or have a conditional offer for employment.
Floyd County will secure a mortgage upon the purchased real estate and recipient shall sign a Promissory Note.
Charles City Area Development Corporation shall administer the program. It shall be the policy of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors and the Charles City Area Development Corporation that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, isability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.
While the primary intent is to serve veterans being discharged from service, current Floyd County employed veterans are eligible should they currently not own their own home in Floyd County and have not owned a home in Floyd County within the past five years and meet the veteran qualification under Chapter 35 of the Code of Iowa.