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“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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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“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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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A Huxley-based property developer key in the reshaping of Ames’ residential stock in the last decade has announced plans to build 12 town homes and 16 to 32 apartment units in Jefferson near the water tower in the western part of the Greene County seat. Read more »

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About 20 Greene County leaders joined the Jefferson Hotel Group and Wild Rose Casino for a groundbreaking ceremony for Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, scheduled to open August 1st. Read more »

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Jefferson is one of eight communities picked for an in-depth Main Street Iowa market study to provide insight on how to retain and attract quality downtown businesses by determining what the area lacks. Read more »

Greene County Guthrie Center Jefferson Main Street Iowa market study


Governor Branstad visited Power Lift while in Greene County. The father-son team of Jeff and Chris Conner led a tour of the facility and discussed plans for expansion. Read more »

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Jeff Marks Custom Building

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 first in this series is Jeff Marks Custom Building. Read more »

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Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson projects 275 jobs with an annual payroll of $7 million. In response to more than 200 inquiries, the casino is planning to host a job fair in April. Read more »

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In an effort to help overcome these obstacles and to promote locally-produced, fresh, healthy foods, Greene County GROWS, a local foods and farmers market organization, is studying the feasibility of creating a community kitchen incubator in the Greene County area. Read more »

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