Dance Into Shape

The MOG at Burgess is now offering Zumba Classes!

These classes will take place at the West Monona Elementary Gymnasium.

Call Onawa: 712-423-9287

Watch for cancellations on the MOG Facebook Page:


Business Opportunity | NAPA

Want to be your own boss? Existing businesses can be real moneymakers, giving new owners a chance to move in on a proven concept and an already established client base as they make it their own. 

The owners of NAPA Auto Parts Store in Mapleton, Iowa are ready to retire and sell the business with a two bay garage located at 206 S. 4th Street. The store that has served as auto parts, tire shop, and light mechanic work has seen profits for the last 12 years it has been in business, according to the owner.

The purchase of this business includes; a brand-new 10k lb hoist,  tire machine, spin balancer, compressor, ect. It also includes the existing inventory and the building/lot.

Mapleton, IA is 45 minutes southeast of Sioux City. Great school district and a peaceful, low-crime community.

This is a Great opportunity for a young mechanic or family looking to live in a small town to raise their family.

Contact the owners for more information about the business.

Address: 206 S 4th St, Mapleton, IA 51034
Phone: (712) 882-2136
Please contact Monona County Economic Development for assistance with starting your own business in Monona County!

Explore Inner Peace

The MOG at Burgess is now offering Yoga Classes on Thursdays and Saturdays.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Follow the Burgess MOG Facebook page for class updates.

Join The Fight

Wear Pink October 30th For Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, using self-breast exams and mammograms to screen for breast cancer can help detect it early when it’s easier to treat.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Monona County Public Health asks that all individuals and organizations, in Monona County, join together by wearing pink on Monday, October 30th to raise awareness.

Please send a picture of yourself or of a group to Kristin Schmidt, Monona County Public Health Administrator, at These pictures will then be posted on the public health facebook page. We need you and all of Monona County’s organizations and individuals to join our efforts so that we can make our county a healthier and happier place to live, work and play!

For questions, please call Monona County Public Health at 712-433-1773.

Get Your Walk On!

Together, let’s make Iowa the Healthiest state in the Nation! Get Your 30-minute Walk On October 4th! As you are out walking for, take a selfie and send it to Monona County Public Health ( or Onawa Chamber of Commerce ( These photos will be posted on the Healthiest State Walk Website to represent Monona County!

Revolving Loan Funds (RLF)

Monona County Economic Development RLF

The fund gets its name from the revolving aspect of loan repayment, where the central fund is replenished as individual projects pay back their loans, creating the opportunity to issue other loans to new projects.

RLFs are created for persons or groups of people that do not qualify for traditional financial services or are otherwise viewed as being high risk. Borrowers tend to be small producers of goods and services — typically artisans, farmers, and women who have no credit history or access to other types of loans from financial institutions. Organizations that offer RLF lending aim to help new project or business owners become financially independent and eventually to become eligible for loans from commercial banks.

There are a few Revolving Loan Funds in Monona County. Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) and Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) both have established RLF programs with a goal of providing low-interest loans to assist with local economic and community development projects. The City of Onawa has recently established an RLF account with hopes of spurring economic development within and around the city.

To see more financing options within Monona County, please check out our Incentives page.

Understanding TIF

Monona County Economic Development TIF

TIFs are redevelopment strategy that cities and counties use to develop an underused area, or assist with urban decay. The city or county designates an area as “blighted” and in need of reinvestment. The city then turns the rights to the expected additional tax income into a tradable asset. A developer will apply for funding from the city, and the city will grant it to them as a “TIF allocation” which is to be paid back in the future by the increase in property taxes which is expected to be generated by the investment into the area.

So once a city identifies a part of town that meets the criteria and would benefit from a TIF, how does it work?

A TIF district essentially reallocates funds from property taxes to encourage investment within the district. An important thing for property owners within the TIF to understand is that their property tax rates do not automatically go up with the creation of a TIF.

As the city invests in the area and private investors begin to be attracted by the city’s efforts to revitalize the community, a snowball effect occurs. More TIF investments by the city lead to more investments by private developers, both of which lead to higher property values, and therefore, more TIF revenue that can be reinvested in the TIF district, starting the cycle all over again.

As for the taxing bodies within the district, while their revenues are frozen with regard to properties within the TIF, it’s not unusual for them to see increased revenues overall because TIFs often have spillover effects that cause property values to rise in the areas surrounding them, which benefits the taxing bodies Once the period of the TIF expires, the taxing bodies are entitled to their full share of the tax revenue from within the TIF.

When used properly, a TIF can revitalize a community

So why should you care about TIF districts? If you care about your city’s progression, you should know that your government has a tool at its disposal to help impact economic growth.

Discover Our New Website

The Monona County Economic Development Partnership has redefined the brand image of the program.

One of the first steps in the re-brand was launching its new website!

Check out the great new features of our website:


To promote Monona County business, we have created a directory on our website to advertise your business for free!

If you are unable to find your business listed, please contact us!


Articles in the News section of our website will feature a variety of topics ranging from tourism to development, and even to government programs and business opportunities.


Our events section will showcase our program events and programs as well as local non-profit events. If you would like an event added, email your request.

Business Information

Monona County is the perfect place to Start, Move, or Grow your business. Whether your business is at the peak of making its first dollar or working on its next million, the Monona County Economic Development Partnership has the programs you need to succeed. Our website highlights the programs that are available to existing or potential business.

Living In Monona County

Although economic development has traditionally been viewed as job creation & business attraction, we also must focus on the livability of our area. Without being a desirable place to live, we will not have the workforce pipeline needed to enable our companies to grow.  Our website highlights the best parts of living and raising a family in Monona County.


Would you like to become involved in Economic Development? Join Us!

Drag Racing and Event Facility Breaks Ground In Onawa

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this morning, Friday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. for Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC). OREC plans to build an IHRA sanctioned drag racing strip on the old Onawa Municipal Airport Runway and plans to employ as many as 20 people. The 106-acre site will also host an event center building to be used for any number of other special events and activities from sporting events, concerts, shows and exhibits throughout the year. Members of the OREC Board of Directors, MCEDP, the Onawa Chamber, and City of Onawa all took part in the ceremonies.