Dozens of new jobs are coming to Valley CityValley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Dozens of new jobs are coming to Valley City, thanks to new John Deere and National Guard facilities going up near the Interstate.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Dozens of new jobs are coming to Valley City, thanks to new John Deere and National Guard facilities going up near the Interstate.
The Mayor says it is the biggest economic development project he has seen in the city. These fields along I-94 have a promising future.
The Valley City-Barnes County Economic Development Corporation secured 77 acres for industrial and commercial buildings.
Bob Werkhoven/Valley City Mayor: "This is probably the largest economic development project that I can recall, and I've been here a long time."
20 acres are going to new National Guard facilities, including a field maintenance shop and readiness center. The easy access to the Interstate will mean no longer driving heavy equipment through town, and Col. Steve Tabor says the visibility is a plus.
Col. Steve Tabor/North Dakota National Guard: "Everyone coming through on the Interstate is going to know that the Guard is a part of Valley City. And that is really important to us."
The rest of the land is for commercial development. John Deere, which operates a manufacturing facility right next to the corridor, is planning a 20-million dollar expansion.
John Deere will break ground here, later this month, to expand their facility. They hope to add 50-100 jobs in the next 5 years.
David Bradford/John Deere General Manager: "This will bring our building to over 300,000 square feet in total and this is an important step to meet our global customer demand."
To make way for the new developments, the city hopes to add infrastructure like water, sewer, street lights, and a concrete road. They are asking voters for a ten-year renewal of the 1% sales tax to cover those expenses.
John Deere will break ground November 27th. The National Guard will begin construction in the spring of 2015.