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The keynote speaker for the Midwest Partnership Annual dinner has been announced - Director of Marketing for Karl Chevrolet, Tony Mills. Read more »

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A common theme from our Business Connections visits this past year – as well as most any conference we’ve attended or article we’ve read – is workforce. While it’s exciting that the state’s unemployment rates are so low (2% regionally!), it’s also worrisome and leaves many organizations wondering where they’re going to find good employees for their team. Manufacturing Business Technology magazine has some suggestions, and so do we. Read more »

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Midwest Partnership EDC (MWP) will present two awards—the Guy Powell Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award—at its Annual Dinner and is currently seeking nominations for each. Read more »

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November was a very busy month for the Midwest Partnership staff, with several conferences, workshops, and a business visit blitz! One thing is very clear - we sure have a lot to be thankful for in our region! Read more »

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Jefferson Matters: Main Street awarded a $35,500 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant to renovate the upper level of the Prairie Lakes office north of the courthouse on State St to create an apartment and a shared workspace. Read more »

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October was a busy month for the staff at Midwest Partnership, with many conferences and events. Each event offered insight on the many ways we can help our communities thrive, raising questions to facilitate conversation for future growth. After all, that’s the whole point of Economic Development – building thriving communities! Read more »

 

Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation is working with Western Iowa Advantage to bring Economic Development 101 sessions to each of the region’s counties. These sessions will provide an overview of what economic development is, the basic concepts and principles of the economic development process, how it works, and the role elected officials and community members play in the process. Read more »

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Midwest Partnership continues its pilot program for visiting small businesses in the region, targeting southern Adair County for November Blitz. Read more »

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Renew Rural Iowa's The Journey to Your Vision comes to Guthrie Center on November 14th, for individuals looking to grow their business and understanding the stages to do so. Read more »

 

A number of construction projects are currently underway and nearing completion in Audubon, with positive economic impacts right around the corner -- Waspy's Truck Stop, Rose Theater, Audubon Rec Center, Broadway Bakery, and the Friendship Home. Read more »

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Fall is a busy time of year for most small businesses, and it only gets increasingly busier until the end of the year. Don’t let yourself get caught up like the fallen leaves that swirl around with the breeze. Take steps now to prepare yourself for the busy holiday season. Read more »

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GCDC commissioned Community 360 to assist in community visioning and development. The first look at the strategic plan was recently unveiled. Read more »

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MWP collaborated with UNI Business & Community Services to pilot a new approach for expressing the region's appreciation for small business owners while also identifying opportunities to help those businesses succeed, holding a Small Business Visit Blitz in Panora on July 25 and 26. Read more »

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POET-Coon Rapids celebrates 15 years since the ethanol plant opened in 2002. An open house was open to the public and the Coon Rapids Enterprise featured stories leading up to the event. Read more »

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Work continues in the City of Adair's downtown area with facade improvements in progress. Read more »

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Guthrie County received the Skilled Iowa Community designation, completing and thereby designating Midwest Partnership's four county region as a Skilled Iowa Community. Read more »

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Panora has been selected for a small business visit pilot program, conducted by Midwest Partnership, in collaboration with UNI's Business & Community Services. The visits aim to bridge two existing programs in order to shrink the assistance gap between start-ups and leading employers. Read more »

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The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to seven companies for job creation and expansion projects, including Nutrom in Panora. These awards will assist in the creation of 204 jobs and will result in over $57 million in new capital investment for the state. Read more »

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Charles W. Fluharty, University of Iowa professor who is the CEO and president of Rural Policy Research Institute, addressed the annual meeting of Western Iowa Advantage (WIAD) at Schroeder Hall in Wall Lake, with the take away message of "the future of the nation is much more in the hands of rural Americans than urban centers." Read more »

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