Ankeny Economic Development Corporation

Economic Development Newsletter

Third Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Student Shark Tank Success 


Since receiving his Student Shark Tank award money London Schuchant has expanded his marketing efforts with such great success, he is now tracking revenue by country. Here are a few of the business stats he recently shared. 

- 4th Lane Running now has over 2,575 followers 

- In the last month started recording the number of sales and dollar amount per country 
- Expects to hit $10,000 in total sales this summer 

- Starting discussions with athletes from Kenya   




New Location 


Thanks to board members Tim Malloy of Northstar Power and Randy Munson of Karl Chevrolet we got moved. We are leveraging a combination of a home office and the Blue Bean co-working space at 110 N Ankeny Blvd. (old Palmer’s location). You can always find us at, 964-0747 and   


In addition to our new location, AEDC established its own employer identification number, cloud-based computer system and insurance. If you have any questions, contact Joey Beech or someone on the executive board (Trent Murphy, Melissa Johnson, Todd Sommerfeld or Rosalind Fox).  


Reality Based Leadership 


Given continued health concerns of group gatherings the executive board feels it is best to postpone the Reality Based Leadership Development Day. When discussing options, the group felt strongly that much of the benefit comes from the in-person interactions not only with the presenter but with the other leaders from attending/sponsoring companies.  


We are committed to holding this event. Alex Dorr, our speaker from the Cy Wakemen Reality Based Leadership Team, is willing to work with us to reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so. We greatly appreciate the patience of the following sponsors of this event 


Bayer, Casey's General Stores, City of Ankeny, CJM Financial, Community State Bank, DMACC, DRA Properties, John Deere Des Moines Works, Kreg Tool, Midwest Insurance Company, Pratum, Snyder & Associates, SPAL USA and The Lauridsen Group 


“Our circumstances are the reality in which we must succeed,” Cy Wakeman, author of Reality Based Leadership. 


New Roads  


Did you know in the last five years over 75 miles of new roads have been constructed in the City of Ankeny? SW Prairie Trail Pkwy now runs from Irvinedale to Ankeny Blvd and meets-up with Shurfine going to Delaware. SE Hulsizer will soon jog west to allow for better traffic flow onto SE Oralabor Rd (between Olive Garden and Perkins). 


Salute to Industry  


Any event in 2020 is in question. There are two things we know for sure. One, there are a lot of great things happening in our area. Two, AEDC intends to Salute and celebrate them. What we don’t know is what form this celebration will take. In the meantime, please send nominations or suggestions to 


Mark Your Calendar 


August 20, 12:00pm Meeting -- Larry Zimpleman, retired CEO & President of Principal Financial Group, will be our speaker at our August 20, 12:00pm meeting. Zimpleman is credited with navigating Principal through the global financial crisis. We want to see you, but we also want to keep everyone safe and our area economy running smoothly. For now, we are planning on a Zoom meeting with the following details.