Rock Valley, Iowa — Rock Valley is the fastest-growing town in western Iowa. That’s from the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation and city-data.com. And the city has just received a grant that will help them grow even more.
Rock Valley’s Economic Development Director, David Miller says that the Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy or “RISE” grant of nearly $365,000 for roadway improvements for the Rock Ridge Industrial Park, located on Rock Valley’s east side.
He says the total estimated cost of the roadway project is about $728,000. The roadway improvement project is expected to begin construction this summer and will provide access to 15 lots, totaling 29 acres.
He says the property is available for manufacturing, warehouse, and professional office purposes.
Rock Valley has also seen a significant increase in population. Miller says they grew 34.2% from 2000 to 2014, making Rock Valley the fastest-growing community in the western third of Iowa, according to city-data.com. He says Rock Valley’s 2014 population was over 3,600 residents and a recent housing study projected the population to rise to 4,000 residents by 2022. The influx in population is attributed to the continued expansion of industry and new business opportunities locating in Rock Valley.
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