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Positive development with a "can-do" attitude!

The Velva Community Development Corporation (VCDC) has been an active part of Velva for many years. It is run by community volunteers who are determined to make Velva a better place to live and work. Some early notable accomplishments of VCDC include the creation and implementation of the Velva Housing Association; the construction and expansion of the Souris Valley Care Center; and the construction of Midwest Processing Company, now a multi-million dollar canola processing facility owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). The Industrial Park east of Velva -- another VCDC project -- currently hosts three industrial businesses: CF Industries, the ADM canola crushing plant, and the Minot Farmers Grain Terminal. There is still acreage available in the park, and inquiries are welcome.

VCDC's more recent accomplishments include the support of the new 16-room assisted living center, Valley View Manor; the Highway 52 widening project; and a 22-lot family residential development subdivision. The highway project was a forward-thinking move, as local officials anticipate the eventual four-laning of Highway 52 and did not want to see Velva bypassed. The additional lanes and shoulders were finished in 2001, and the entire stretch of pavement is lined with bright highway lights, giving the entrance to town a warm, welcome glow.

Development of the new residential section, called the Sunset Addition, is now complete. The streets are paved, curbs and gutters are done, and electricity, water and sewer are installed. If the top three rules of real estate are "location, location, location," this new annexation has it all! The VCDC is welcomes investors to build spec homes and apartments in this beautiful subdivision. Of course, families are already busily buying up lots and building new homes!

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In addition, the VCDC has provided funding and support to help grow several new businesses in Velva, such as Agro-Tech and Inscomm Software. The group also played a vital role in securing the sale/purchase of Velva Drug Company when the long-time owner wanted to retire. The VCDC is interested in nurturing a small hotel, as Velva recently lost the Ko-Z Motel when its owner retired and the land was sold. Our location along two major highways and proximity to Minot make Velva a great location for a small motel, and community leaders would be happy to help bring an interested investor to town.

The VCDC is eager to expand and support existing Velva businesses and to encourage and assist new enterprises. Under the city's home rule charter, local sales tax funds are earmarked for economic development. These tax dollars can be used to leverage funding from area development organizations like the Souris Basin Planning Council, USDA Rural Development and the State of North Dakota Commerce Department.

If you're looking to expand or move your business to Velva, please contact VCDC chairman Randy Hauck. Or, you can mail the VCDC at P.O. Box 64, Velva, ND 58790. You can also contact the McHenry County JDA through Maria Effertz-Hanson, or call the Velva City Auditor at 701.338.2660.

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