• News for Community

    Monday, October 30, 2017
    The Carroll Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new marketing campaign. Executive Director, Shannon Landauer, says the team has been working on it for months. #ChooseCarroll is the theme, and Program Director, Sarah Foley, says the campaign is live now on their website. The goal is to have people immediately adopt usage of the hashtag and the images that are posted there that are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, News
    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: Economic, Chamber, Community
    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: Human Interest, News, 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, Economic, News
    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: Human Interest, Fun Facts, News, Education, Community
    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: Iowa News, News, Community, Economic
    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: Economic, Community, News, Human Interest
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    At the last Emergency Management Agency meeting on September 21st,  Jamey Robinson the EMA/911 Administrator, said that the Mahaska County  911 Communications and dispatch center can now receive text messages during an emergency. Robinson noted this would be crucial for the deaf/mute community, as well as children or others who may not be in a safe position to speak on the phone. Mahaska ...read more
    Categories: News, Community
    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, News, Human Interest, Iowa News
    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, Human Interest, Community, Chamber
    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, Iowa News, Economic, Community, Education
    Monday, October 09, 2017
    Marion, Iowa – Over 370 people attended the Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on October 4th to get a sneak peek at what’s NEXT for the community. The ImagiNEXT process will engage the greater Marion area in an open, all-inclusive conversation to develop great ideas that reinforce the fact that Marion, Iowa is the best place to raise a family and grow a business.   Attendees at ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, News, Press Release
    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: Iowa News, News, Economic, Community
    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: Community, Chamber, Human Interest, News
    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: News, Human Interest, Community
    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, Economic, Community
    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: Community, Economic, Human Interest, Iowa News, 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: Community, Education, News, 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: Chamber, Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Travel, News
    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: Community, Education, Economic, News
    Thursday, September 07, 2017
    The Mahaska Community Development Group and Development Partners announced today that Tom Flaherty has been named Executive Director of Mahaska Community Economic Development. Flaherty, who begins Sept. 11, will be responsible for managing development activities to increase business expansion and capital investment in the community. He will also help create an outcome-based strategic plan to ...read more
    Categories: Community, News
    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: News, Iowa News, Community, Economic, Education
    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: Community, Human Interest, News
    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
    Categories: News, Iowa News, Community
    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Ground breaking step into the futureEW Nutrition invests in new manufacturing facility in Adel, Iowa, USAHigher production volume and new production linesAdel, Iowa August 2017: With the official ground breaking ceremony for a new production plant EW Nutrition USA continues its successful development from the previous years. On WednesdayAugust 23, 2017 the construction phase for the new ...read more
    Categories: News, Press Release, Community, Economic
    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
    Categories: Economic, Community, Iowa News, News
    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
    Categories: News, Iowa News, Community, Economic
    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
    Categories: Economic, Community, Iowa News, News
    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    MILFORD, Iowa — GrapeTree Medical Staffing plans to add 200 to 300 jobs as part of a $20 million expansion of its Milford headquarters. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined company officials Tuesday night for the announcement, which comes a week after GrapeTree was named one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine. In a release,  said the company is excited to expand in ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic
    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Iowa City-based IDx knows the importance of keeping tech talent in Iowa. The medical device company is entering into clinical trials for their AI technology that automates the detection of diabetic retinopathy in diabetes patients. If the trial is a success and IDx becomes a leader in AI medTech, they’re going to have to scale up their team of 20. As they look ahead towards the possibility of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, News
    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
    Categories: News, Iowa News, Community, Economic
    Thursday, August 24, 2017
    Spirit Lake has been the home of Indian athletics for generations. Now, a local manufacturing plant aims to make Spirit Lake the home of Indian Motorcycles. Amid the noise of outside construction and factory production, the newly opened Experience Center on the eastern side of the Spirit Lake Polaris plant is a calm showcase for the Indian Motorcycle brand. Spirit Lake became the main assembly ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Chamber, News
    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
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Community, Economic
    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
    Categories: Community, Economic, News, Iowa News
    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
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Community
    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, News, Iowa News, Papers/Research
    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
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Human Interest, Community
    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
    Categories: Community, Economic, News, Iowa News