City of Grinnell - Iowa Reinvestment District

Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) was hired by the project team made up of The City of Grinnell, Poweshiek Iowa Development (POW I-80) and Grinnell College to produce a Feasibility Study and Economic Development Impact Study for each of the application projects for the Iowa Reinvestment District Program.  In addition, DIS created and managed a collaborative work environment using its Office 365 and SharePoint Online site so all co-authors could work on the application together.

The final Grinnell application can be viewed here. The completion of this application helped them secure the funds to work on several projects, which have been featured in these articles below.

  • The Zone of Confluence mentioned at the bottom of this article was part of the IRA application.
  • The city hall mentioned here is going to be repurposed into a boutique hotel which was part of the IRA application.


"The decision to include Decision Innovation Solutions on our project team as we developed and refined our projects was crucial to the success we have experienced. In addition to professionally completing the economic impact and feasibility analysis we hired them to perform, they provided valuable technical assistance and information beyond what they were hired to do. Their work is timely, accurate, and exceeded our expectations. I think I speak for our entire team stating that we are as proud of the process and product generated with their help as any we have accomplished to date. We have worked with DIS twice and will be starting a third contract with them soon."

Russ Behrens
Grinnell, IA