Newest Norwalk Central Sponsor Announced: MidAmerican Energy Plaza
The City of Norwalk, Iowa - City Hall with the partnership of Great Plains Sponsorships, Inc. and Sportsman Solutions, are excited to announce the naming rights to the north plaza that connects the outdoor turf sports fields to the City’s Public Recreation Facility. The plaza will be known as the MidAmerican Energy Plaza. Norwalk Central visitors can see the MidAmerican logo at the entrance of the Plaza.
“Partnering with one of Central Iowa’s ever-present stewards helps strengthen our efforts of bringing world-class entertainment, dining, retail and recreation opportunities to Norwalk. The MidAmerican Energy plaza will be a cornerstone location between the City’s Public Recreation Facility and Outdoor Turf Sports Fields. When we entered youth sports 15 years ago, we made a commitment to provide every resource for our athletes to be successful. This campus will be for every age group to enjoy.” stated Jake Shandri, Managing Partner Sportsman Solutions.
“Investing in and supporting projects that are important to the communities we serve is in our DNA. At MidAmerican, corporate citizenship is integral to our role as an energy provider because vibrant, growing communities benefit everyone,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president economic connections and integration at MidAmerican. ”We focus our giving on five key pillars– arts and culture, community enhancement, education, safety and wellness, and environmental responsibility -- and this facility is a great opportunity to deliver on them. We are excited to see the benefits this project will bring to the area.”
Hollie Zajicek, Economic Development Director, City of Norwalk, commented, "The City of Norwalk is very thankful for the hard work and commitment of so many entities and individuals that are making Norwalk Central a reality. Norwalk has always had a fantastic relationship with MidAmerican Energy and we're pleased to partner with them yet again in another high-value community-minded project. Norwalk Central has taken more than five years to bring to life from concept to construction. Now we get to witness the development of the many exciting components that make Norwalk Central so unique including; retail, dining, sports, recreation, entertainment, lodging, and tourist attractions. We're very grateful to all the generous sponsors who are helping make this dream come true for the community, state of Iowa, and future visitors."
This announcement comes a week after releasing the new name of the sports campus at Norwalk Central, now named the Gregg Young Auto Sports Campus (at Norwalk Central) (https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/norwalk/2023/01/13/gregg-young-chevrolet-name-norwalk-central-sports-campus-development/69775863007/)
City of Norwalk Economic Development
The City of Norwalk established the Economic Development Department in 2017 and is made up of three full time staff members. The Department is responsible for bringing new businesses, commercial and industrial development projects to the City in order to create new revenues, goods and services, and high quality jobs to the community. The Department also manages business expansion projects, foreign relations programs, and the City-wide communications, public affairs and marketing efforts. Since the Department was established in 2017, the City’s commercial and industrial tax base has increased by 121%, adding an extra $54,000,000 in taxable value. In this same timeframe more than 50 new businesses have opened resulting in more than 1,000 new full time jobs in the community.
MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 795,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 774,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available
at midamericanenergy.com and company social media channels.
Great Plains Sponsorships
GPS was founded by Ryan Querry in 2015. GPS generates sustainable revenue streams via Naming Rights, Sponsorships & Pouring Rights. This is through providing turnkey services to help sports complexes, municipalities, aquatic centers, youth organizations, nonprofits, entertainment venues, stadiums, arenas, and other projects operate profitably.``
Sportsman Solutions provides positive solutions for athletic facilities, leagues and organizations in various sports. A vision of creating innovative solutions for sports facility owners/operators by working with complimentary entities to create a positive working business model.