Adams Community Economic Development Corporation was created from visionary leaders in the early 1970’s who realized that in order for Corning and Adams County to survive it needed a concentrated effort on bringing jobs into the community. The fastest way to do that was to entice an industry into starting up or expanding locally. So, Adams County Industrial Development (ACID) was formed in 1973 by local business leaders and individuals who bought a membership into this 501(c)6 not-for-profit corporation.
By 1974 the first tract of land was purchased and in 1976 Blue Grass Industrial Park became a reality. With encouragement from State leadership, the “build it and they will come” philosophy saw leaders rallying financial support to build a spec building (and new for-profit corporations were created, and shares sold in order to raise the funds to build the first spec building at Blue Grass Park.)
Through the years it became clear that in order to bring in new jobs, we needed housing, so a housing committee was formed. Also, as a rural community with agriculture as the main economic driver, a rural development committee was created. The name Adams Community Industrial Development no longer reflected the focus of the organization, so it was renamed Adams Community Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) Then in 1989, the national Main Street Program was being developed in Iowa at the State economic development offices. Their focus was metropolitan downtown or neighborhood areas within suburbs of metro areas. Three members of ACEDC made an appointment with the State and pitched the idea that the Main Street Iowa program should also consider using the program to strengthen rural communities. Therefore, ACEDC started one of the first rural Main Street programs in the nation as a dba (doing business as) Main Street Corning
ACEDC continues its mission to provide a focused economic development effort in the Corning and Adams County area on behalf of ALL residents within the context of a high quality of life.
Board of Directors
Beth Waddle is the Executive Director of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation and has been Program Manager of the award-winning Main Street Corning. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Adams Community Chamber of Commerce. She was raised in Adams County, then left to attend college. Beth has lived in Nebraska, Missouri and New York before returning to Iowa in 1988. Upon her return to Iowa she worked as a legal secretary, an insurance specialist, and as Executive Director of the Southwest Iowa Coalition before accepting a position in 2001 with ACEDC and Chamber. She has been an active community volunteer and recently received the Joe Cook Lifetime Volunteer Award, an Iowa Rural Development Council “Iowa Rural Hero” award, and volunteer award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. She and her husband, Dan, are proud to live in the “Class Act” community of Corning in Adams County, one of Iowa’s Great Places.
Raelynne Risser is the Executive Director of Main Street Corning. As the Executive Director she is responsible for overseeing the program, volunteers, and strategic plan of the organization. She also works closely with Main Street Iowa to assist businesses within the Main Street Corning District with data, grant opportunities, design assistance and succession planning. Raelynne is a local graduate of Bedford Community High School with a background in marketing, management, and public relations. Raelynne’s passion for helping others and her enthusiasm for the Corning community helps to keep Main Street Corning a great place to live, work, eat and shop.