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 Employers

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POPULATION

 

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

21,475

2,926,324

2007

7,244

21,346

2,988,046


 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

IWD Labor Force Summary for Washington County, Iowa

Annual Average for 2006

 

Place of Residence

 

 

 

Resident Labor Force

12900

Resident Unemployed

500

Resident Total Employment

12400

 

 

Place of Work

 

 

 

Non agricultural wage

& salary workers

7504

Manufacturing

1044

Construction & Mining

648

Transportation, Communication,

& Public Utilities

162

Wholesale & Retail Trade

1356

Wholesale Trade

381

Retail Trade

975

Finance, Insurance,

Real Estate

255

Services

1383

Government

1422

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

For persons in selected occupations living

or working in the community.

 

Occupation/Job Title Hourly Wage Rate
Entry Level Average

Accountant

$15.73

$22.64

Manager, Office

17.22

23.35

Laborer, Factory

7.74

10.97

Nurse Aide/Orderly

9.67

11.18

Prod. Machine Operator

15.39

20.14

Secretary

8.86

11.91

Truck Driver, Heavy

9.69

14.07

Welder, Combination

11.72

14.80

Farmworker, Gen.

8.16

11.67

Social Worker

15.57

22.78

Auto Mechanic

15.40

15.82

Sheet Metal Worker

13.00

21.84

Med. Technologist

15.16

23.92

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

 

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

1842

11

4

Milwaukee

280

3

1

Minneapolis

324

3

1

New Orleans

900

4

2

New York

1000

6

4

Omaha

245

3

1

St. Louis

235

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

 

Name

Product/

Service

Employment

Union

ACH Foam Technology

Foam Insulation

30

None

Bazooka-Farmstar

Ag equipment

28

None

Engineered Building Design

Roof trusses

65

None

Halcyon House

Retirement Community

80

None

Modine Manufacturing

Heat transfer products

205

GMPP

Premier Sheep

Farm supplies

35

None

Syngenta Seeds

Seed plant & research

35

None

UP Home

Retirement Community

105

None

Washington Care Center

Nursing Home

50

None

Washington Co. Hospital & Clinic

Hospital, clinics, & nursing home

275

None

Washington Comm. School

Public School System

300

None

Whitesell

Bolts, rods,

wire forms

180

GMPP & AW

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

 

Electricity

 

 

Supplier

Private

Supplier Name

Alliant Energy

Water

 

 

 

Water supplied by

Private

Supplier

City of Washington

Source of city water

wells

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

Sanitation

 

 

 

Type of sewage treatment plant

Secondary

% or community served by sewer

100%

Average load

800,000 gpd

Peak load

1,800,000 gpd

Design capacity

3,000,000 gpd

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Local telephone company

Iowa Telecom

Time required for repair

(regular business hours)

24 hrs.

Equal access long distance for Intra-LATA calls?

Yes

Dual access long distance for Inter-LATA calls?

Yes

Type of central office switcher

Digital

Is fiber currently in the ground?

Yes

Fiber 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Assessed value of

property in city

$285,620,225

Tax rate per $1000

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 governemnts, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Airport

 

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

 

 

Delta ComAir

 

Northwest/KLM

 

Northwest Airlink

 

TWA/TWE

 

United/Lufhansa

 

US Air/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 t

ons annually.  Passenger Amtrak is 25 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

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

29

Number for 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

Main Street Community?

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

School District: Washington Community School District

 

Type

Number

Teachers

Students

Grades

Elementary

2

73

915

K-6

Middle/

Jr.High

1

33

400

7-9

High School

1

35

397

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) 30 miles from Washington

 

Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant

(iwc.edu) 30 miles from Washington

 

Maharishi University of Management

(miu.edu) 30 miles from Washington

 

Remarks: Kirkwood Community College offers many trade

courses live and via fiber-optic remote classes, and

GED classes in Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

4 C's -- Community Coordinated Child Care

1500 Sycamore Street

Iowa City, IA 52240

319-338-7684

 

 

Washington County Empowerment

Tasha Beghtol

319-653-7758

 

Lending Hands Adult Daycare

301 Hwy 1 & 92

Washington, IA 52353

319-653-2661

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Average Winter Temperature

25.4 degrees

Average Summer Temperature

73.9 degrees

Average annual rainfall

35.1 inches

Average annual snowfall

29.5 inches

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

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

 

Fishing

 

Motor Boating

Cultural & information resources

Theater

 

Library

 

Opera

 

Museum

 

Ballet

 

Historic site

 

Art Gallery

 

Symphony

 

Historical society

 

Arts council

 

Remarks: Community Y, Community Theater and Movie Theater, Country Club Golf Course, numerous civic service groups, Municipal Band, Art Gallery.  Many cultural events available in Iowa city, 30 miles, and Kalona (historic Amish community), 14 miles,  Riverside Casino and Golf Resort Riverside, 21 miles, Area bed and

breakfast and antique shops.

 

Events: Christmas Tour of Homes, Craft Fairs, Garden Tours,

Car Shows, Band Concerts, Relay for Life, Cultural Fest

 

Attractions: Kewash Nature Trail (14.5 miles), Lake Darling Recreation Area, Public Art, Barn Quilts of Washington, Iowa, Restored Train Depot, Model Railroad Club,

and over 100 clubs and organizations.

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

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

www.wchc.org

Hospital- specific clinics

Number of medical

personnel in county:

MDs- 13

 

Dentists- 11

 

Dos- 5

 

DCs- 11

 

Other- 13

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Total number of religious congregations in city

21

Denominations

Catholic- 1

 

 

Jewish- 0

 

 

Mormon- 1

 

 

Protestant- 19

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION

 

Average cost of housing construction

$87 per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, e-mail the

Washington Area Chamber of Commerce washcofc@iowatelecom.net

 

 

 

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