The City of Hawarden has hired a Community/Economic Development Director to work on developing business, industry and housing in the community. Larry Cope started working for the city June 3.
Cope grew up in Kansas but his career lead him to four other communities. Most recently, he worked as the Community Economic Development Director for 10 years in California. Cope worked in larger communities bringing in large department stores and has experience working with site locators and investors from a round the United States to develop communities.
“I see great opportunities to help Hawarden achieve what its goals are. I have a passion for rural economic development and like to work with businesses and citizens hand and hand to create the community they want. I like to work one on one with people and help them realize what they can achieve,” said Cope.
Cope believes Hawarden is positioned well to benefit on growth and other activities happening in Sioux Fall and Sioux City in partnership with other Sioux County communities.
“I believe we can attract investment to our community that helps all of our citizens and expands our tax base,” Cope said.
Cope plans to spend the next few months to familiarize himself with people in the community and surrounding area, while he begins to develop materials to promote the Hawarden community and create a virtual 24/7 Community/Economic Development Office. Cope and his wife Kimberly will be working to find permanent housing in the Hawarden Community within the next year.