Jones County Economic Development (JCED) recognizes the importance of agriculture in Jones County, and specifically the contribution of farming families in making our economy strong and diverse. In an effort to increase the awareness of the farm economy and honor our agricultural heritage, JCED is taking nominations for the First Annual Jones County Farm Family of the Year award.
The family should be one that tells the story of farming and shares experiences in agriculture with their friends and neighbors. It might be someone that participates in other local committees, is active in their church or other organizations. The only requirement is that the person/family must actively farm and live in Jones County.
Please submit your nomination including name of the family, their address and a brief description of why they should be selected for Farm Family to Jones County Economic Development, P.O. Box 463, Anamosa, IA 52205 or e-mail the information to by Friday, Nov. 30.
Businesses that have grown over the last year are also being sought.
“Recognizing business success is an important part of business retention and understanding for our citizens about how the Jones County economy is supported,” said JCED Executive Director Dusty Embree.
To that end, JCED is accepting self-nominations from businesses and organizations for our Economic Drivers of 2012 list. These Economic Drivers are businesses that have seen growth over the last 12 months. For example: net growth in employees, adding machinery or square footage, increased profitability, increased sales, awards or accolades they have received.
To self-report information on your business, go to and download the Economic Driver Information form.
The recognitions will be given at the Jones County Economic Development 2012 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at noon at the Renaissance Center in Monticello.