Residential Development

 Sidewalk Project Phase I - complete

Phase II - in progress

Business Development


 Recruiting New Business

 "ECC Currency"


 Sidewalk Construction Underway!

More than five years ago, a survey of Essex residents showed that sidewalk conditions were a major concern. Today, the Essex Community Club is close to completing a safe path to school, work and overall enjoyment!

Dana Wenstrand and Dave Jauron started the project by observing the state of each sidewalk in town. They found that 37% needed repair and 59% were non-existent. Charlie Hendrickson was hired to replace a small area near the post office on Iowa Avenue in 2015. Then, the ECC membership voted to continue the plan on a larger scale.

With the help of ECC Executive Director, Melissa Chambers, Candice Liljedahl chaired the project as it was decided to focus on the southwest part of Essex. The path from the south side of Omaha Avenue to the west side of Denison Street was chosen to create a walkway from the school to Anderson Park and downtown. Ramps have also been added to provide handicap accessibility and general ease of use.

Residents applied for grant applications and completed city permits to participate in the program. Close to $18,000 will be invested into the project including the 2015 phase. ECC has already received generous donations through fundraising efforts. We are well on our way to our goal of $10,000! Donors can purchase sidewalk "squares" for $100, but any amount is welcome.

Your tax-deductible donation is payable to:
Essex Community Endowment Fund (Memo: Sidewalk Project)
P.O. Box 334
Essex, IA 51638

Thank you to the following donors to date:

Bank Iowa
John and Lucy Bengston
Rena Bowman
CP Self Storage
Farmers Telephone Company
First Presbyterian Church
Bill & Tish Glasgo
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home
Russ Hilker
Darwin and Belinda Holmes
John's Heating and A/C Services, LLC
Brian & Laura Kirchert
Dennis and Diane Liljedahl
Liljedahl Farms, Inc.
Main Street Storage/David & Donna Jauron
John and Kerry McBride
Jason and Lisa Nelson
David & Amy Rydberg
Joey and Amy Samuelson
Peter and Dana Wenstrand
Jolene & Brent Younggren

Business Development

Our goal is promotion of current and attraction of new business through sponsorship recognition, "ECC Currency", business community improvements, advertising, and networking.

Networking - We welcome the opportunity to hold coffees at new, or existing, businesses!

Recruiting New Businesses - Retail and office space is available in downtown Essex!  Great entrepreneur opportunities!  Call our offices to learn more.

"ECC Currency" - Our version of chamber bucks.  Whether you'd like to purchase a unique gift or lunch, attend a high school event or place an advertisement, go golfing, get groceries, or more - purchasing and spending "ECC Currency" helps to support our community and great sponsors. "ECC Currency" makes a great bonus, door prize, thank you gift, or recognition award.  

To purchase "ECC Currency" call 712-370-2496. Currency may be redeemed at any ECC sponsor.