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Community Guide

Elkader is an active town of about 1600 persons located in a beautiful valley astride the Turkey River, in the "driftless area" of Clayton County. The region was not scoured by glaciers during the last ice age and remained rugged while the surrounding area was scraped level. Elkader is the hub of a large trade area which includes one of the most prosperous and diversified farming sectors in the midwest. It is near the center of 470,000 Clayton County farm acres. State sales tax reports rate Elkader favorably for per capita business volume.

Elkader is the seat of Clayton County, has excellent educational and recreational facilities, a highly regarded hospital and is home to the main office of the Keystone Area Education Agency. Three state highways, Iowa 13, 56, and 128 enter the city from the north, east, south and west. Two county paved highways connect Elkader with surrounding county communities.

The Elkader Police Department is served by a full-time Chief of Police and two full-time officers. Elkader and Clayton County are served by enhanced 911 service.

The volunteer Fire Department consists of a chief, two assistants chiefs, a mechanic and twenty three other volunteers. It is funded by the City of Elkader, Boardman, Cox Creek and Sperry Townships, grants, private donations and with additional funds generated through fund raising events.

The City of Elkader may offer tax abatement or other benefits for businesses willing to locate here. These will vary but if you are interested please contact the Elkader Development Corporation and Elkader City Hall for details. The use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is also available for the two TIF districts in Elkader.

Contact Elkader Development Corporation for information about business expansion or relocation.

Contact Clayton County Development Group for more information about Clayton County.

• Community Services
CALL 911

»City Hall Phone: (563)245-2098
  City Hall Fax: (563)245-1033
»City Recycling Schedule
»City Services
  City Water/Wastewater-(563)245-2098
  City Shop-(563)245-1580 or 2098
  Police Department-(563)245-3110
»Public Library-(563)245-1446
  Swimming Pool-(563)245-1510
  Clayton Co. Extension-(563)245-1451
»Clayton County Government
  E-911 Board-(563)245-2390
  Northeast Iowa Transit Van-(866)382-4259
»Substance Abuse Services-(563)245-1546

• Community Organizations

»Abdelkader Education Project-(563)245-1022
  Business & Professional Women-(563)245-2037
»Central Dollars for Scholars
»Chamber of Commerce-(563)245-2857
»Clayton Co. Development-(563)245-2201
»Elkader Development Corp.-(563)245-2770
»Elkader Historical Society-(563)245-1573
  Elkader Lions Club-(563)245-1347
  Main Street Elkader-(563)245-2770
»Motor Mill Foundation
  Pheasants Forever-(563)245-2336
  Proteus Club GFWC-(563)245-2428
  Shepherd of the Hills-(563)783-2409
»Sister Cities Friendship Club
  Turkey Valley Sportsmen-(563)245-2521
»Turkey River Recreational Corridor

• Community Links

»Carter House Museum
»Central Community Hospital
»Central Community School
»Chamber of Commerce
»Chamber of Commerce Promotion Committee
»Elkader City Hall/Municipal Services
»Elkader Development Corporation
»Elkader Opera House
»Elkader Public Library
»Industrial & Business Park
»Keystone Area Education Agency
»Opera House Players
»Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County

• Area Links

»Clayton County Conservation
»Clayton County Development
»Strawberry Point
»N.E. Iowa Community College

• Churches

»Bethany Lutheran Church, 307 3rd St. N.E., (563)245-1856
»Elkader Grace Evangelical Free Church, 280 Reimer Dr., Hwy 13 South, (563)245-1779
  First Congregational Church, 200 Chestnut St. S.E., (563)245-1226
  Grace Reformed Baptist Church, 115 Gunder Rd. N.E., (563)245-1245
  Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 26531 Hwy. 13 S., (563)245-2155
»Peace United Church of Christ, 301 North Main St., (563)245-2126
»St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 330 1st St. S.W., (563)245-1325

Relocation Guide

• Utility Information

Electrical Service: Alliant Energy 1-800-255-4268
Telephone/Internet: Alpine Communications (563)245-4000, 1-800-635-1059
Internet: Skyways high-speed internet (800)864-1611
Cellular Phone: Alpine Communications (563)245-4000, Brown's Sales & Leasing (563)252-1611
Natural Gas: Black Hills Energy 1-800-890-5554
For more information see the Utilities page of our Business Directory.

• City Services

Elkader City Hall/Municipal Services (563)245-2098
Water/waste water: (apply at City Hall) PeopleService (563)245-1194
City Billing Information
Reminders from City Code
Trash Removal & Recycling: (through City Hall) Hawkeye Sanitation, Inc. (563)547-3828

• Community Services

See Community Services on this page.
Housing? See the Real Estate page of our Business Directory.
School? Central Community School
Child care? Elkader Childcare and Learning Center (563)245-3333

Iowa child care resources for parents and childcare providers:
    Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral - (855)299-0499 direct line for parents
• Cable Television

MediaCom 1-888-332-0245

• FusionTV

Alpine Communications (563)245-4000, 1-800-635-1059

• More Relocation Questions

Contact Elkader City Hall (563)245-2098 or
Contact the Chamber of Commerce (563)245-2857


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