Archive for August, 2011

Lincoln Highway Days Parade Float

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Take a peek at our Nevada, Iowa agents during the Lincoln Highway Days parade!

Their theme was “Re-energizing Nevada, one house at a time.” They certainly energized the parade route with their creative float, candy, cold water bottles, bright t-shirts, and smiles!

385 New Jobs Announced for Ames since 2010

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Ames Economic Development Commission has announced many expansions and new companies moving to Ames since November 2010. Most have been high tech firms creating quality jobs with excellent wages and benefits. Here is a brief summary of the new jobs that will be coming to Ames.

WebFilings 250 new jobs

HIPRA 75 new jobs

Flint Hills Resources 20 new jobs

Boehringer Ingelheim 20 new jobs

Rural Soluxions 20 new jobs

This is good news for the Ames economy and especially positive for the housing market as home values tend to increase when there is a healthy job market locally.

News from the Ames Economic Development Commission.

Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

200 Pounds of Food Raised at Pool Party

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Approximately 85 people attended the Pool Party sponsored by Hunziker & Associate, REALTORS on Thursday, August 11th at the Nevada Aquatic Center.

Approximately 200 pounds of canned goods were donated by those who attended, which will benefit the Nevada Community Cupboard!

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations!

HCS Builders Recognized for Green Building Practices

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

From the City of Ames website:

“AMES, Iowa – HCS Builders is the recipient of a $64,214 Smart Energy rebate from Ames Electric Services and is the newest member of Mayor Ann Campbell’s “Green Team.” The company received a rebate check and recognition on Tuesday for its energy-saving construction on new residential housing in Ames.

Located at 105 S. 16th St., HCS Builders has been constructing energy-efficient residential houses in Ames for several years. Each home includes high performance wall and window systems, high performance insulation, installation of energy efficient appliances and water heating equipment, and high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Since taking advantage of the Smart Energy rebate program, HCS Builders is estimated to have saved 224,786 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, reduced electric demand by 134 kilowatts (kW), and removed 184 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. This commitment to energy efficiency has saved Ames residents an estimated $180,595….”

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HCS Builders is affiliated with Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®. Their offices are located within our Ames building.

South Duff Commercial Resurgence

Monday, August 8th, 2011

From the Ames Business Monthly…

“The South Duff Avenue commercial corridor looks much different than it once did, especially since major flooding took place there in August 2010.

Gone are several familiar landmarks and other businesses that date back, in some instances, more than half a century. In their place are a variety of service and dining establishments, with more to come in the near future, according to local sources…”

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Ames & Des Moines Named Best Places to Live!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 named both Ames & Des Moines, Iowa as one of the top 100 places to live for 2011!

Ames, Iowa, has been named the number 2 small city in America in a new book, THE NEW RATING GUIDE TO LIFE IN AMERICA’S SMALL CITIES, achieving the second highest grades for quality in 10 areas: Climate/environment, diversion, economics, education, community assets, health care, housing, public safety, transportation, and urban proximity. Mount Vernon, Washington was named number 1.”

“As Iowa’s capitol city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of 565,000, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. In April 2010, Forbes ranks Des Moines the #1 place for “Business and Careers.” Although we have big city bustle, we’re extremely proud of our small town atmosphere. Our community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Truly the best of both worlds as Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, arts and cultural affairs.”