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The third annual Preserve Iowa Summit is June 25-27 in Winterset. Registration is now open and detailed information about the summit, sessions, and speakers can be found online. The summit is designed to help Iowans discover, preserve and enhance their communities’ unique history and sense of place. Read more »

Adair County Free Press Fontanelle Observer Greenfield Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Preserve Iowa Summit State Historic Preservation Office Warren Cultural Center Winterset


Janet Ady, veteran economic development professional and president and founder of Ady Voltedge, keynoted the Western Iowa Advantage annual banquet at the Templeton Community Center. She toured all eight of the regions counties, scouting available sites, meeting community leaders, and gaining insight of the region before offering advice during her presentation. Read more »

Adair County Free Press Ady Voltedge annual dinner Guthrie Center Times Guthrie County Vedette Janet Ady keynote speaker The Jefferson Herald Western Iowa Advantage


Guthrie County Conservation director Joe Hanner said he's never seen a niche type of recreation explode like canoeing and kayaking over the last 10 to 15 years. Hanner promotes outdoor activity around the county, including visits to parks, bike and water trails and tours of native prairie and wildlife refuge areas. Read more »

Guthrie Center Times Guthrie County Guthrie County Conservation Board Guthrie County Vedette Raccoon River Valley Trail Raccoon River Water Trail Recreation


Ambassadors of the Adair Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to honor Adair’s newest business, Plaza Tequila at 314 Audubon Street. Read more »

Adair Adair County Plaza Tequila Restaurant Ribbon Cutting

AmericInn Motel & Suites Stuart

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time.
The third in this series is AmericInn Motel & Suites. Read more »

Adair County AmericInn Motel & Suites Business Spotlight Stuart Stuart Chamber Stuart Herald


With construction of an expanded, multi-purpose trail system now underway, Whiterock Conservancy Executive Director Conrad Kramer told Coon Rapids city leaders Monday that very significant visitation increases can be expected at Whiterock Conservancy within the next two years — which could translate into good business opportunities if local merchants choose to take advantage of them. Read more »

Coon Rapids Guthrie County Trail Expansion Whiterock Conservancy


BetteR Designs has found a new home at 706 East Main Street in Panora. The custom embroidery and digitizing business offers designs for ad specialty companies, businesses, schools and sport teams, with quality embroidery and digitizing on all kinds of fabrics, textures, and apparel. Read more »

BetteR Designs business expansion Business Spotlight Guthrie County Guthrie County Vedette Panora Relocation


“Iowa’s unemployment rate continued to trend down in February,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “While nonfarm employment decreased slightly this month, so too did the number of unemployed workers. Virtually all employment and labor force indicators continue to show improvement compared to last year.” Read more »

Adair News Guthrie Center Times Guthrie County Vedette unemployment rate


Iowa has a unique draw for both Latino and African immigrants, offering comfortable rural destinations. Jefferson is looking forward to filling a lot of jobs, and with that could come immigration and more diversity. Local business leaders met with community development and migrant specialists to discuss the future--challenges and net positive economic impacts on the community. Read more »

Diversity Greene County Immigration The Jefferson Herald


U.S. Highway 30 Coalition of Iowa members traveled last week to the State Capitol armed with economic-development announcements and population data showing a growing corridor stretching across Iowa. Read more »

four-laning Greene County Highway 30 Highway 30 Coalition


In a special edition of the Daily Times Herald, featuring business updates, a recent visit with Gov. Terry Branstad to Puck Custom Enterprises was highlighted, reporting the businesses successes. Read more »

Audubon County Daily Times Herald Governor Branstad Puck Custom Enterprises


In a special edition of the Daily Times Herald, economic development projects in Audubon County were highlighted. Read more »

Audubon County Audubon County Economic Development business recruitment childcare Daily Times Herald housing roads


The Port Restaurant will reopen this month after closing for renovations in January. The new staff--including a new chef, originally from Panora--is excited to welcome guests back to the restaurant. Read more »

Guthrie County Lake Panorama Panora renovation reopening The Jefferson Herald The Port


Main Street Iowa's Open 4 Business program is looking to jump start business development efforts in Main Street communities, including Greenfield, with a "Shark Tank" type contest. Read more »

Adair County contest funding Greenfield Greenfield Chamber/Main Street Main Street Iowa

Ben & Loretta Sloss, True Value Hardware

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time. The second in this series is Stuart Appliance & True Value Hardware. Read more »

Business Spotlight Guthrie County Stuart Stuart Appliance Stuart Chamber Stuart Herald True Value Hardware


The event, coordinated by Audubon County Economic Development and the Entrepreneurial Committee of the Hometown Competitiveness group will be open from 5-8 p.m. Businesses, organizations and non-profits will have booths touting their products, services and events. Youth looking to narrow in on career paths and those seeking jobs will be able to speak to potential employers about current and future job openings. Read more »

Audubon Audubon County Audubon County Economic Development Job Fair Resource Fair


“Hospitals positively influence their local economies not only with how many people they employ and the salaries of those employees, but also through hospital purchase from local businesses as well as the impact of employee spending and tax support,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO. “Whether at the local level or statewide, there are few Iowa employers that generate economic activity comparable to hospitals.” Read more »

Adair County Adair County Health System Hospitals


A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month. Read more »

Daily Times Herald interest rate unemployment rate


The impressive list of new businesses coming to town, paired with the expansion plans of existing businesses has put Jefferson and Greene County in the economic development spotlight. Jefferson Matters: Main Street plans to draw attention to existing buildings in need of ownership to help revitalize downtown Jefferson. Tours of available buildings are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, April 16th and 18th. Read more »

Available Buildings Buildings Tour Greene County Jefferson


On his tour of Iowa's 99 counties, Governor Branstad stopped in Greenfield to take a tour of CR/T, a Quad Graphics Company. Read more »

Adair County CR/T Governor Branstad Greenfield Kim Reynolds Quad Graphics tour

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