The City of Independence wanted to use its fiber to the home system to help attract business. The City secured an Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) Zone designation through the State and used it to recruit a contact center to an old shopping center previously left vacant by a church. The County provided a grant to fund the fiber connection to the property, and SEDCOR backstopped the City with negotiations and process. FCR opened in 2015 with 80 employees and now has over 200.
- OEDA provided legislative support for the creation and expansion of the State’s E-Commerce Zone.
- SEDCOR provided resources and negotiation assistance.
- Polk County provided a Business Development Grant for $27,000 to fund the fiber connection.
- More than 200 jobs created with $6 million in annual payroll.
- $1 million capital investment to retrofit the building.
- Demonstrated to the community and other businesses the value of economic development tools such as E-Commerce. In this case, staff had been communicating with FCR for almost a year but when told that the City had secured the E-Commerce designation, FCR’s president indicated, “that was when I got in my car and drove to Independence.”