• News for Community

    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    The Outlets of Des Moines held a grand opening Friday for Iowa’s new $100,000,000 outlet mall. There are 60 stores to choose from, with everything from household items, shoes, and clothing. Altoona officials say they're excited to be neighbors, and expect more economic impact coming into the area to benefit everyone.FULL STORY
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Did you know the way a community takes care of its elders and the walkability of a small town has direct correlations  to quality of life?  On this episode of Did You Know, we visit with Abbie Gaffey, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development Specialist.  Abbie shares her expertise in community development along with the findings of a recent rural sociology ...read more
    Categories: News, Human Interest, Community
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    In arguing for a bigger slice of the state’s funding pie, Iowa’s public universities have painted themselves as economic engines that launch companies, create jobs, generate resources for scientific exploration and monetize research. A new Board of Regents report backs that up, showing Iowa companies in the 2017 budget year generated $14.1 million in revenue as a “direct result” of research on ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, News, Economic
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    A fifth-grade teacher from Pella has been named the state’s History Teacher of the Year. Rebecca Helland, who teaches at Jefferson Intermediate School, was named by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History after being recommended by an Iowa Department of Education committee. The institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Education, Fun Facts, Human Interest
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Clinton County joined an Iowa initiative earlier this year aimed at improving economic and cultural vitality for small towns in the county. The Clinton County Board of Supervisors was approached earlier this year regarding the Keep Iowa Beautiful Home Town Pride Program. The program offers a community coach at a two-thirds time schedule. Participants in the program receive a $60,000 grant from ...read more
    Categories: News, Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Rural Iowa is struggling. Towns and schools are shrinking. And farming, rural Iowa's historic economic mainstay, is going through a downturn that's likely to continue through next year, economists say. What can Iowa do? Iowans offered some thoughts Thursday during an event sponsored by The Des Moines Register and the Iowa Rural Development Council at the Clay County Fair in Spencer. The ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Education, Iowa News
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
    Some Iowa industries — manufacturing in particular — could lose workers if federal protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are removed, state business leaders say. President Donald Trump announced recently he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program implemented under former President Barack Obama. Under DACA, federal law enforcement officials do ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    For weeks, Angela Harrington had been getting the same question: when would the Hotel Grinnell open? That answer is now. In an effort spanning at least 10 years, city leaders and Harrington had been trying to figure out how to open a hotel downtown. After the City Hall moved out, things began to fall into place, including an investor partner and some assistance from a state program. “The ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Human Interest, Iowa News
    Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    Even as the University of Iowa and Iowa State University look to slow years of record-setting enrollment growth, many of Iowa’s private colleges continue the pursuit for more students — and some in Eastern Iowa are reporting success this fall. Coe College in Cedar Rapids, for one, welcomed 446 new full-time students — the largest incoming class in its history, representing a 6.7 percent jump ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Education, Iowa News
    Friday, September 29, 2017
    Driving into the countryside surrounding Washington, it is easy to see this is a community and county that values its agricultural roots. One particularly unique feature that helps highlight those roots is the barn quilt tour of Washington County. A joint project between Iowa State University Extension of Washington County and the Washington Chamber of Commerce, the tour features more than 110 ...read more
    Categories: News, Chamber, Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Travel
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, sits on the state's eastern border. Head west on I-80 for 45 minutes and you'll hit Lincoln, Nebraska's second largest city. Both cities have burgeoning tech-startup scenes, are raising capital and funding, and are making impressive contributions to the Silicon Prairie as a whole.  But what the two cities haven't figured out yet is how to work together to ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Education