Washington, Iowa  
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Dependent Care
Labor Force Information
Wage Rates
Tax Structure
Proximity to Markets
Transportation Services
Health Facilities
Industrial Sites
Municipal Services
Religious Congregations
Available Buildings
Local Employers


Year City of Washington Washington County Iowa State
1980 6,584 20,141 2,913,808
1990 7,074 19,612 2,776,755
2000 7,047 21,147 2,926,324
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Labor Force Information

IWD Labor Force Summary for Washington County, IA
Annual Average for 1999

Place of Residence

Resident Labor Force 12800
Resident unemployed


Resident Total employment 12500

Place of Work

Nonagricultural wage and salary workers 7828
Manufacturing 1135
Non-manufacturing 5,260
Construction and Mining 571
Transportation, Communication & Public Utilities 161
Wholesale & retail trade 1319
Wholesale trade 369
Retail trade 950
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 255
Services 1399
Government 1322
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Wage Rates

For persons in selected occupations living or working in the community

Occupation/Job Title Hourly Wage Rates
Entry Level Average
Accountant $11.76 $12.25
Manager, Office 10.50 13.63
Laborer, Factory 7.00 8.52
Machine Set-Up Operator 11.33 11.79
Nurse Aide/Orderly 6.93 7.55
Prod. Machine Opr. 7.50 9.31
Secretary 6.83 8.00
Truck Driver, Heavy 10.00 11.13
Welder, Combination 9.75 10.72
Farmworker, Gen. 8.50 9.47
Social Worker 11.00 12.16
Auto Mechanic 8.40 10.46
Sheet Metal Worker 9.50 9.80
Med. Technologist 9.50 11.43
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Proximity to Markets

City Miles Days By Railroad Days By
Motor Freight
Atlanta 760 4 2
Chicago 239 1 1
Denver 780 4 2
Des Moines 120 1 1
Kansas City 275 1 1
Los Angeles 1,842 11 4
Milwaukee 280 3 1
Minneapolis 324 3 1
New Orleans 900 4 2
New York 1,000 6 4
Omaha 245 3 1
St. Louis 235 3 1
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Industrial Sites

Site Name Ind. Park East (Crane)
Total acreage available 18
Location 12th Avenue N.
Asking price/acre $5,000
Landowner City of Washington
Site served by rail? No
Electricity (voltage) 13,000
Water 12" main
Gas 4" main
Sewer 15" main
Zoning classification Light Industrial
Fire insurance class 6
Tax rate/$1,000 assessed valuation $34.15
Site located within tax increment area? Yes
Community willing to create tax incentives? Yes
Additional site information available upon request. Prices listed above may be subject to negotiation.
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Available Buildings

Square Feet Peak Height Truck Docks Sprinkler
30,000 24' 0 No
Additional building information available upon request.
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Local Employers

Major manufacturers and other employers in the area

Name Product/Service Employment Union
Washington Community Schools public school system 300 none
ACH Foam Technology foam insulation 30 None
Premier Sheep farm supplies 35 None
Washington Co. Hospital & Clinics hospital, clinics & nursing home 275 none
Modine Manufacturing heat transfer products (sic. 3443) 205 GMPP
Whitesell Washington Manufacturing bolts, rods, wire forms (sic. 3452) 180 GMPP & AW
Washington Care Center nursing home 50 None
United Presbyterian Home retirement community 105 None
Halcyon House retirement community 80 None
Engineered Building Design, LC roof trusses (sic. 2439) 65 None
Syngenta (Novartis) Seeds seed plant & research (sic. 2048) 35 None
Iowa Bridge and Culvert bridges & culverts 40 None
Bazooka - Farmstar, Inc. ag equipment/metal fab. (sic. 3523) 28 None
Number of manufacturing plants in the community 29
Number of manufacturing plants with unions 4
Number of manufacturing employees in the community 1227
Number of work stoppages in the last five years 0
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Supplier Private
Supplier name Alliant Energy


Water supplied by private
Supplier City of Washington
Source of city water well(s)
Elevated storage capacity 700,000 gallons
Capacity of water plant 1,900,000 gallons
Average consumption 900,000 gpd
Peak consumption 1,200,000 gpd

Natural Gas

Name of local distributor Alliant Energy
Pipeline source ANR Pipeline Company


Type of sewage treatment plant Secondary
Percent of community served by sewer 100 %
Average load 800,000 gpd
Peak load 1,800,000 gpd
Design capacity 3,000,000 gpd
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Local telephone company Iowa Telecom
Time required for repair (reg. bus. hours) 24 hrs
Equal access long distance for Intra-LATA calls? Yes
Equal access long distance for Inter-LATA calls? Yes
Type of central office switcher Digital
Is fiber currently in the ground? Yes
Fiber is used for Kirkwood CC, National Guard Armory
Is SS7 service available? Yes
Is ISDN service available? No
Is T1-DS1 service available? Yes
Is local cellular service available? Yes
Is local Internet service available? Yes
Is local videoconferencing available? No
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Tax Structure

Assessed value of property in city $285,620,225
Tax rate per $1,000 assessed value $37.84
Bonded indebtedness: city $4,435,000
Bonded indebtedness: school $1,000,000
Bonded indebtedness capacity of community $27,000,000
Future indebtedness plans $.00
Remarks: The city, county, and state governments, Alliant Energy, and Community College work together with the Washington Economic Development Group to promote and attract new business and industry. Tax Increment Financing, Tax Abatement, WEDG Job Creation Grant, CEBA, Job Training.
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Transportation Services

Air Service

Time to nearest public airport 5 minutes
Type of runway 2 Concrete
Length of runway 4000/3400 feet
Unicom radio Yes
Instrument landing system No
VOR approaches Yes
Non-directional beacon Yes
Time to nearest commercial service 52 minutes
City with commercial air service Cedar Rapids
Airlines serving point:

American/American Eagle
Northwest Airlink
USAir/USAir Express

Motor Carrier

Number of U.S. highways serving city 0
Number of Iowa highways serving city 2
Time to nearest interstate exchange 30 minutes
Interstate I-80
Time to nearest four-lane highway 7 minutes
Four-lane highway US 218
Number of motor freight carriers serving community 32
Number of local terminals 0
Number of intrastate carriers 5
Number of interstate carriers 28

Rail Service

Community served by railroad Yes
Frequency of switching service as needed
Piggyback ramp available locally No
Distance to nearest piggyback service 55 minutes
Name of railroad I & M Rail Link
Remarks: Excellent access to 4-lane Avenue of the Saints (US 218) and I-80. Large 4,000 ft., 2 runway airport and new terminal building. Mainline rail line carries 15 million tons annually. Passenger Amtrak is 25 miles.
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Municipal Services

Type of local government Council/Mayor, City Administrator
City zoning ordinance in effect Yes
County zoning ordinance in effect No
Subdivision ordinance with design standards in effect Yes
Number of full-time fire department personnel 4
Number of volunteer fire department personnel 35
Fire insurance class in city 6
Fire insurance class outside city 9
Number of full-time city police officers 12
Industrial waste pickup service Yes
Percent of city streets paved 95%
Remarks: State of the art water treatment plant, volunteer recycling program.
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Commercial/Industrial Services

Number of machine shops in community 2
Number of tool/die shops in community 0
Minutes to nearest if none in community 30
Number of electric motor repair shops in community 0
Minutes to nearest if none in community 30
Daily newspaper Washington Evening Journal
Weekly newspaper none
Seating capacity of largest banquet room 400 persons
Is city served by cable TV? Yes
Number of hotels/motels 2
Total number of rooms available 79
Number of financial institutions in city 5
Number affiliated with a bank chain 1
Number of company-owned national chain retail stores 6
Chamber of Commerce Yes
Chamber manager is full-time? Yes
Is community CEPP certified? Yes
Remarks: Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) is the area development corporation dedicated to economic development. City has helped assist in residential development, SBDC and ISED services. Local community donations and philanthropy.
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School District: Washington Community School District

Type Number Teachers Students Grades
Elementary 2 73 884 K-6
Middle/Jr. High 1 33 395 7-9
High School 1 35 417 10-12
Private 1 12 148 K-6

Community College and Trade/Technical Schools: Kirkwood Community College, local Washington Branch and Cedar Rapids main campus - 55 miles (www.kirkwood.cc.ia.us/locations/washington)

Four-year College or University: University of Iowa, Iowa City (www.uiowa.edu),
Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant (www.iwc.edu),
Maharishi University of Management (www.miu.edu).

Remarks:  Kirkwood Community College offers many trade courses live and via fiber-optic remote classes, and GED classes in Washington.

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Dependent Care

4 C's - Community Coordinated Child Care
1500 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Average Winter temperature 25.4 degrees
Average Summer temperature 73.9 degrees
Average annual rainfall 35.1 inches
Average annual snowfall 29.5 inches
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Cultural & Recreational Facilities

Number of local facilities & those within 1/2 hour drive 6 public golf courses
20 public tennis courts
14 public parks
5 public swimming pools
Number of country clubs 4
Public access to lake or river Yes
Activities allowed Swimming
Motor boating
Cultural & information resources Theater
Historic site
Art gallery
Historical society
Arts council
Remarks: Community Y, Community Theater and Movie Theater, Country Club Golf Course, numerous civic service groups, Community Band, Art Gallery. Many cultural events available in Iowa City, 30 miles, and Kalona (historic Amish community), 14 miles. Riverside, 25 miles, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Area bed and breakfast and antique shops.

Events: Christmas Tour of Homes, Craft Fairs, Garden Tours, Car Show, Band Concerts, Car Shows, Relay for Life

Attractions: Kewash Nature Trail (14.5 Miles), Lake Darling Recreation Area, public art, Barn Quilts of Washington Iowa, and a restored train depot, Model RR Club, Over 100 clubs and organizations

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Health Facilities

Number of hospitals within half hour drive 5
Total number of beds 1078
Time to nearest facility 4 minutes
Time to nearest emergency medical treatment 4 minutes
Air flight/EMT ambulance service available? Yes
Number of clinics in community 3
Specialty of clinics www.wchc.org Hospital-specific clinics
Number of medical personnel in county: MDs - 13
Dentists - 11
DOs - 5
DCs - 11
Other - 13
Remarks Visiting specialists in 12 fields
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Religious Information

Total number of religious congregations in city 20
Denominations Protestant - 19
Catholic - 1
Jewish - 0
Other - 0
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Average cost of housing construction $87 per square foot

For more information, e-mail the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce

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