From the Desk of Karie Kading Ramsey

June 13, 2024 | Karie Kading Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer

Dear Business and Industry Association Members,

I hope this letter finds you well and thriving in your endeavors. As a fellow advocate for progress and prosperity in Iowa, I am thrilled to share with you an exciting initiative that promises to bolster our state's workforce and communities further.

For nearly 50 years, Kading has served as a leader in workforce housing in Iowa. With more than 25 living communities spread across the state, we remain committed to developing, building, and managing ease-of-living leasable homes that serve as vital support systems for Iowa's manufacturing and business sectors. Our mission has always been clear: to provide our residents (who are mainly skilled workers) with comfortable, affordable living solutions that enhance both their quality of life and their professional endeavors.

Today, I am proud to announce the launch of our Hometown Tours initiative, a groundbreaking move that underscores our dedication to fostering vibrant communities across Iowa. Hometown Tours offers Iowa towns the opportunity to showcase their unique charm and vitality, all while vying for the chance to become Kading's next workforce housing community.

This summer, in the spirit of exploration and discovery, Kading will embark on a one-week, multi-stop bus tour across the state. Our goal? To visit, view, and engage in meaningful conversations with residents and city leaders about the pressing need for workforce housing in their communities. By immersing ourselves in the heart of Iowa's towns, we hope to gain valuable insights that will inform our decisions regarding future Kading developments.

The housing needs facing our state are indeed significant, but with nearly five decades of experience, Kading is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap. Our living experiences are not just attainable in terms of lease costs; they also provide the front-door dignity of a home, complete with attached garages and maintenance-free, pet-friendly living arrangements. Our living communities bring the workforce closer to viable jobs and keep discretionary spending in our communities.

As we prepare for our tours, I invite you to consider how it would look to have your workforce living closer to the jobs you provide. For more information on the Hometown Tours program and how to get involved, I encourage you to visit Together, let’s continue to build a brighter, more vibrant future for Iowa.

With warm regards,
Karie Kading Ramsey
CEO, Kading