• News for Human Interest

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    In early October three ICCE members travelled to Washington, DC to attend the Fall Board of Regents meeting for the US Chamber Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. Institute is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association, chamber, and nonprofit professionals fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. ICCE Chair ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training, News, Human Interest
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has awarded Central Iowa Works a three-year, $300,000 grant to support efforts in Greater Des Moines to expand opportunities in the retail sector. Greater Des Moines is one of three metro areas, along with Baltimore and Seattle, to receive the grants, which were made possible by a grant to the National Fund by Walmart Stores Inc. The grants will be given ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, News, Education
    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: Community, News, Human Interest
    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
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    An Illinois-based company that owns a candy plant in southwest Iowa plans to close the facility, putting more than 250 employees out of work. Production at the Ferrara Candy Company facility in Creston will end in mid-December. The plant has been making Trolli brand Gummi Bears and other candy for more than 30 years. According to a statement from the company, the “difficult decision” to close ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, News, Economic
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Last month, she was in Israel for more than a week on a trade mission with Gov. Kim Reynolds. The month before that, she helped shepherd through nearly $20 million of tax incentives to land an Apple Inc. data center outside of Des Moines. All the while, Debi Durham, one of Iowa’s top development officials, withheld from the public something she had confided in her family: In addition to helping ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, News, Iowa News
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Executive Director of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and the Carroll Area Development Corporation (CADC), Shannon Landauer, has been elected to serve as a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) board of directors. “I’m honored to be a part of this statewide organization dedicated to developing the economic base of Iowa, and I’m looking forward to bringing a local, Carroll voice to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Iowa News, News, 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
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
    The City of Osceola, along with Osceola Chamber Main Street, is attempting to have downtown declared a Commercial Historic District. on the National Register of Historic Places. The Register keeps track of property with historical significance. Whether it’s an architectural style or the site of events responsible for major change, protecting these resources provides communities with untold ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, News, Community
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
    The Aug. 21 National Register listing of the Decorah Commercial District is the completion of a three-year project that began with a small state-funded project feasibility grant in late 2014. Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Chair Mark Muggli said the project has involved a good deal of work, but that it has gone smoothly, with no changes in the original project goals, cost or ...read more
    Categories: Community, News, Human Interest
    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
    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
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's director of tourism, Libbey Hohn, was recognized by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for her dedication to the industry. Hohn, who also serves as the Iowa Group Travel Association president and Travel Federation of Iowa president-elect, received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg during a ceremony Sept. 1 in ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    After a tornado wrecked McGregor’s historic downtown area in July, most local businesses have recovered and are looking forward to the fall tourism season. Kristie Austin is executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. She says McGregor is ready for the fall tourism season, and it will be very important for local businesses. "The two business buildings that were severely ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Human Interest, Iowa News, Travel