ABOUT US 2016-10-14T08:40:47+00:00


Western Iowa Development Association (WIDA) was established in 1987. Our mission is to provide leadership to community members by developing and implementing a proactive marketing plan that will promote economic development and expand and grow the area’s economic base while increasing wealth and improving quality of life. Investors in the organization include area communities and Pottawattamie County. We work closely with our regional and state partners to achieve our mission including the Greater Council Bluffs Regional Economic Development Partnership, Iowa Western Community College, utilities serving the area and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

WIDA is your first stop to exploring business investment opportunities in Pottawattamie County. We provide services to help our existing businesses grow and expand, to new businesses exploring location opportunities in the area and to entrepreneurs starting-up new business ventures. For confidential assistance, please contact us.

Lori Holste
Lori HolsteExecutive Director
Donna Peters
Donna PetersCommunity Projects & Tourism
Anna Hoegh
Anna HoeghOffice Manager

Executive Board

President – John Euchner –  Western Ventures
Vice President – Randy Baxter – Marne
Secretary/Treasurer – Sheila Rihner – Shelby

Board Members

Joe Riddle – Carson
Brian Shea – Crescent
Bernie Cerny – Mid American Energy
Lynn Grobe – Pottawattamie Board of Supervisors
Pete Sorenson – Neola
Ed Ransom – Walnut
Ron Kroll – Shelby
Sheila Rihner – Shelby
Dennis Bardsley– Underwood
Gayle Strickland – Oakland
Eileen Adickes – Macedonia

Minutes Available Upon Request