community development

Each of our 14 communities has a something unique to offer.  View the community maps along with some information regarding each community. 

Buffalo Center

On August 23, 1897, Buffalo Center became the first school west of the Mississippi River to be consolidated, and it is believed to be the second one in the nation.  Today, Buffalo Center is a thriving town of about 1000 people.  There is a large new community center,  a museum, several new businesses and a growing K-12 consolidated school.

Forest City

Whatever your reason for traveling to Forest City, business or pleasure, recreation or research, we offer a wide variety of activities to help you enjoy your time while you are here.

Lake Mills

Lake Mills, Iowa, welcomes you to join our community! Low cost of living and high quality services and resources make for an excellent place to plant your roots!  Our community schools are committed to promoting and maintaining an atmosphere of teaching and learning that encourage students to pursue personal excellence and to prepare for the challenge of tomorrow.


A community knit together by history, faith, friendships, and a future that looks bright!


“A Little Bit Of Norway, A Lot Of Pride’ is the slogan of the town and is featured on the sign at the edge of the community. Rake also has a ‘sister city’ relationship with Rocka, Norway.


Home of the Winnebago County Fair.


Scarville has a population under 100, but overflows with over 1,500 each year for the annual 4th of July Celebration. A highlight of that event is the parade which goes down Main Street twice, meaning double the candy for the kids (and any lucky adults who catch any).


Fertile is a beautiful town. Located right on the Winnebago river: we have canoeing, fishing, and other great outdoor activities. Several weddings take place each year in the Rhodes Island Park, outlined by the Dam, Mill and footbridge.  Follow the link to the community website.


Grafton celebrates Turkey Day every summer and Adult Prom every March.  A great small town with wonderful people.


Since 1980 Hanlontown has celebrated the summer solstice — this is when the sun sets between the rails the Union Pacific Railroad line that runs through the community. Celebrated on the third Saturday of June, and on the evening of June 21 when Ice Cream Sundays are served at the tracks. Follow the link to the community website.


Think Joice Days, in July, offers an old-time community celebration. Including a street dance, picnic, parade, games and activities for the kids.  The Top of Iowa Car Show is also held at this time.


We offer the quiet living of the country, yet we have many amenities of the larger city. We have hard surface streets, sanitary sewer system, natural gas service, fiber optic telephone-television, wireless internet service and cable television.  Follow the link to the community website.


In 1877, the Burlington/Cedar Rapids & Northern Railroad (BCR&N) joined the Central of Iowa track with its own track from Plymouth Junction.  The site was named Manly Junction after Central of Iowa's freight agent, J.C. Manly.  Follow the link to the community website.


Northwood is a city in Worth County, Iowa, United States, along the Shell Rock River. The population was 1,989 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Worth County. Northwood is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.   Local events can be found on the chamber website here.

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Each of our communities has something to offer!


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