A Tradition of Innovation



The mission of the Marion County development Commission (MCDC), a department of county government, is to enhance the quality of life and standard of living in Marion County by promoting and developing Marion County as a quality destination to live, work and visit.


Five years from now, the Marion County Development Commission will have helped create a diversified, sustainable growing economic base in rural Iowa that consistently provides...

  • a memorable tourism experience
  • an atmosphere where entrepreneurs and innovation thrive
  • access to a global economy
  • enhanced leadership for businesses and communities
  • a skilled workforce

Key Trends in Marion County

  • Globalization
  • Manufacturing Decline
  • “Green” Movement
  • Rural Decline
  • Demographic Shift
  • Technology Advancements
  • Iowa Brain Drain
  • Terrorism
  • Fuel Costs
  • Workforce Quality
  • Pro Union Politics
  • Government Health Care
  • Wealth Transfer
  • Aging Farmers
  • Regionalism

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