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    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Iowa Workforce Development expects to collect $1.6 million in new fees from businesses attempting to shirk their unemployment taxes, Radio Iowa reported. The agency has been authorized by legislators to fine businesses $500 if they fail to properly register as employers, and $200 if they send registration paperwork through the mail instead of filing and paying unemployment taxes ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Iowa News
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Last night the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine held an award ceremony for the 20 organizations across the county that are to receive a total of $51,786. “No matter how you define community, each organization represented here today is creating our community, and a definition of home,” Shelly Maharry, associate director of the Foundation, said. “Thank you for your hard work and ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, News, Iowa News
    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: Iowa News, News, Human Interest
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    With an election for governor coming up and with courts, universities and the state’s natural resources agency, among others, reeling from steep budget cuts and freezes, Iowa’s generosity in forfeiting tens of millions of dollars to lure more jobs is coming under the microscope. Some state lawmakers are wondering whether Iowa is giving away too much to businesses — giveaways some state ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Economic, 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: Iowa News, Community, News, Human Interest
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    You may have heard of No Child Left Behind but you need to get familiar with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law lets states, not the federal government, set the standards to determine whether your child's school is succeeding or not. On Monday Iowa submitted their plan to the federal government that shows how they intend to implement it. Iowa's plan lays out how it will identify ...read more
    Categories: Education, Iowa News, News, Political
    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: Iowa News, Economic, Education, Community, News
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
    The biggest difference between Altoona's newest data center and its biggest data center is pretty simple.  "If you were to show up on Facebook's doorstep and say I want to put (my company's information) in your data center — they don't do that," said Jeffrey Springborn, LightEdge Solutions' chief operating officer. "We do that. They're two completely different models." Just off of Interstate ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, News, Iowa News
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
     Apple CEO Tim Cook told Iowa officials “we admire what you guys have accomplished” in creating an environment to attract job-creating companies like Apple and Amazon to the state.  The head of Apple Inc. stood on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol this summer and delivered the kind of speech that makes some Minnesotans wince. In glowing terms, Apple CEO Tim Cook described how Iowa persuaded ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Economic
    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    The governors say the key to producing skilled workers starts in the classroom. They want to see students excel in science, technology, engineering and math, and then go on to receive a higher education. “A coordinated effort with education workforce, economic development, really helping workers get the skills that they need to be successful. Again, help meet the need of business and industry ...read more
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    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: Economic, Community, News, 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
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    Amazon's announcement last week that it would open a second North American headquarters sparked a national competition among states and cities looking to secure one of the largest economic development projects in history. The new headquarters would not replace the current company base in Seattle. But it promises to deliver as many as 50,000 jobs that on average pay more than $100,000 per year. ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    The Iowa Transportation Commission approved grants and loans for three rail development projects at its meeting today. DOT Rail Development Manager Laura Hutzell says a rail project in north Iowa to bring freight service to Clear Lake was awarded a loan of $655,000. “It actually goes from Emory, Iowa to Clear Lake, Iowa. There’s a rail line up there that is doing some rehab. There’s a section ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Iowa News
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris McGowan has been elected to serve as chairman of the Iowa Chamber Alliance. The Iowa Chamber Alliance is composed of the largest chamber of commerce and economic development groups in the Hawkeye State. Members include the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Greater Des Moines Area Partnership — the ...read more
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    Monday, September 25, 2017
    Five months after Johnson County's first-in-the-state minimum wage increase was nullified by the Iowa Legislature, many employers are still paying higher wages.  Peter Fisher, a researcher at the nonprofit Iowa Policy Project, said there is a combination of reasons leading businesses to continue paying higher wages despite the law change. Those could include the social benefits of publicly ...read more
    Categories: News, Iowa News, Economic
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    The Iowa Tourism Office wants to make it easy for you to connect with our marketing resources. To help with this, an exciting new update was published for members of the Iowa tourism industry yesterday - a refreshed, revamped industry partners microsite. What's New? We have reorganized the content from our previous industry partners pages and made it easier to navigate and find exactly the ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Travel
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    The Quad-Cities Chamber announced Tuesday it has retained a national executive search firm to begin the search for a new CEO to replace former CEO Tara Barney, who resigned last month.  Waverly Partners LLC, will work with a chamber task force to conduct the nationwide search. Waverly Partners is the preferred provider of executive search services of the Association of Chamber of Commerce ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Chamber
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    One school bond issue on the ballot September 12th will go before voters in seven different counties. That’s the $60-million dollar request by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to extend an existing levy. Voters first approved the Kirkwood bond back in 2005. It was renewed in 2012. The request is renewal of a 25 cent per $1,000 of valuation levy on property taxes for voters in Linn, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Economic, News, Iowa News
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    With Facebook, Google, Microsoft and now Apple, the blue-chip tech names are starting to stack up in Iowa. The state has attracted billions in new data center investments over the last decade, most recently with Apple's announcement of a $1.4 billion data center planned for Waukee. Data centers deliver big capital investments and fuel short-term employment in construction. But once online, the ...read more
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    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: Economic, News, Human Interest, Iowa News, Travel
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    A rail relocation project in Council Bluffs has been named a finalist for a national transportation award. The $23 million project -- which was a part of the larger Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program -- is one of 12 projects nationwide that was named as a finalist for the 2017 America's Transportation Awards sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    The cities of Center Point and Marion are two of three awarded the 2017 All-Star Community award by the Iowa League of Cities. The League of Cities’ All-Star Community award is meant to honor local governments for innovative efforts, according to the League of Cities website. Center Point was given the award for the city’s library expansion and new community center. Marion was awarded for the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    With competition for talent at a fever pitch, companies like Grinnell Mutual, Hy-Vee Inc. and others are adding perks to attract and retain highly sought after tech workers. The pool of qualified applicants is smaller than the growing number of tech jobs in Iowa and across the nation. LOOK INSIDE: Hy-Vee's new offices are unlike anything you've ever seen Computer-related jobs account for ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    In exchange for nearly $208 million in state and local tax breaks, the technology giant Apple has agreed to build two new data centers on 2,000 acres of Iowa land — a project that would create just 50 permanent jobs.   This isn’t a deal about workers, though. At least, not directly. At a time when government officials are partnering with companies to boost employment, Apple’s agreement with ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    It’s changed the face of central Cedar Rapids, driving post-flood development in the New Bohemia and Kingston neighborhoods with new and reclaimed properties. In Iowa City, its backers see it as a way to downtown vitality. “From a community’s point of view, you get a more broad-based neighborhood,” said B.J. Hobart, managing member and co-owner of Hobart Historic Restoration of Cedar ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    The Iowa Economic Development Authority board recently approved direct financial assistance and tax benefits to five companies that will result in 62 new jobs across the state. Earlier this month, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to five companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website FreeEnterprise.com This month, we’re introducing some of America’s most inspiring entrepreneurs by interviewing all 18 finalists for this year’s Dream Big Small Business Awards. The awards program honors the achievements of some of our nation’s most remarkable small business owners and celebrates their contributions to the American economy. We’ll be ...read more
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    Thursday, August 24, 2017
    In the hunt for a new Toyota manufacturing plant, Iowa officials submitted several potential sites for the Japanese automaker to consider. But many signs point to one eastern Iowa location. Earlier this month, Toyota and Mazda announced plans for a giant, joint-venture factory, immediately sparking a competition among states hoping to land the $1.6 billion project, 4,000 jobs and satellite ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    The Story County Consortium, which consists of the seven school districts of Story County and Boone Community Schools, has worked in cooperation with DMACC, the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission and multiple Story County businesses, to develop and establish shared STEM related programming for high school juniors and seniors. The SCALE Program will be offering high ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Dan Koenig, president and CEO of the San Angelo, Texas, Chamber of Commerce has been named president and CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. Koenig replaces former Chamber President and CEO Bob Mundt, who resigned after 25 years of service in April to accept a similar position with the Fox Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Dan brings extensive chamber ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said in a press release there have been a record amount of new business filings during the recent fiscal year. In Ottumwa, the news has been mixed: Two major retailers left town during the past 12 months. Department stores and other big chains have closed locations around Iowa. But there were multiple smaller stores that opened here.  "It's the small ones that ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    A plan to help beautify downtown Mason City with a Frank Lloyd Wright theme has the "backing" of Iowa Arts Council, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and a downtown business. And the backing takes on more than one meaning because the beautification involves the back of a building — Brick Furniture — which will soon be adorned with a mural bearing a Frank Lloyd Wright style of design. Chamber ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    When it comes to raising children location is important. Parents want their children to have the opportunity to attend the best schools and also to enjoy their childhoods and make friends. But many places with the best schools and the best economic opportunities tend to be the least affordable. SmartAsset considered these and other metrics to find the best places for children in 2017.   Key ...read more
    Categories: Community, Papers/Research, News, Iowa News
    Monday, August 14, 2017
    After many years of exodus from downtowns, communities of all sizes are re-envisioning their core retail, cultural, historical and housing districts and pouring resources into revitalizing the city centers. Why? Because a lively downtown is a major quality of feature, and continues to be the heartbeat of a healthy community.The Boone County Chamber of Commerce staff is spending much of our time ...read more
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    Monday, August 14, 2017
    Marion was named a 2017 All-Star Community by the Iowa League of Cities for the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative efforts or quality of life improvements. Marion was among three of Iowa's 945 cities to garner such recognition. Read the full ...read more
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The man who heads the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce is also now in charge of operations at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. It was announced today (Wed.) Blaine Andera has been hired as Chief Executive Officer of that organization as well.LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The only leader the regional Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce has ever known is stepping down. President and CEO Tara Barney announced her resignation early Friday, citing the desire "to pass the torch to new leadership.""I'm honored to have led the Quad-Cities Chamber, alongside great area leaders and a strong staff," Barney said in a news release. "The community has much to be proud of for its ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Northwest Iowa cities put final touches on RAGBRAI plans            Day One of RAGBRAI will see roughly 25,000 riders, friends and family members descending upon Orange City, then riding to Spencer. Handling that onslaught of people means preparations are high in those two towns. While organizers in both say things are on track, volunteers are still needed in a final push.Spencer, population ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Bringing investments to Downtown DavenportDowntown Davenport Partnership helps keep area growingThe Downtown Davenport Partnership is a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce that's dedicated to building momentum to growing Downtown Davenport's economy. The area saw 62.5 million dollars in completed projects last year, with more than 108 million dollars under construction and 53 million ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    A Democratic congressman from Iowa has announced a $400,000 federal grant awarded to the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Rep. Dave Loebsack says the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will be used for the reconstruction of 6,500 feet of the existing runway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. Loebsack says improving ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, Economic
    Friday, July 14, 2017
      2017’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States Get ready to crank up your air conditioner — and utility budget. July tends to be the hottest month of the year. So if your heat-averse body forces you to be more consumptive than conservative, this month’s higher-than-usual power bill could burn a hole through your wallet. In the U.S., energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total ...read more
    Categories: Education, Iowa News, Papers/Research
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Robots, artificial intelligence and automation are reshaping Iowa's workforce. Is your job at risk? If one machine goes down inside the Country Maid plant, the whole operation devoted to churning out Butter Braid pastries comes to a screeching halt.  The stainless steel giants that make up the automated production line constantly talk with each other. When something goes wrong at one station, ...read more
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    Monday, July 10, 2017
    It can be hard to understand how someone else feels, especially if you’re 11. But 24 children getting ready to start middle school recently spent some time empathizing. They were guided by staff of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education Leadership Academy, made up of UNI education majors and area high school teachers. The students worked in groups with academy teachers, ...read more
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    Friday, June 16, 2017
    Des moines downtown Chamber of commerce NAMED finalist for industry awardDes Moines, IA (June 13, 2017) — The Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2017 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and sponsored by Indianapolis-based WebLink International.  Finalists for the award ¾ of which there ...read more
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    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Have you been to a regional meeting lately?   The regional meetings provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa.  ICCE is scheduling these meetings. Full details are posted to the event calendar. Click HereKeep watching for your opportunity to participate in these important meetings.
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    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Welcome New StaffCarole Chambers, President/CEO - West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
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    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Welcome New StaffJan Hoag, Executive Director - Monticello Area Chamber of Commerce  
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