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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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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, in her first official visit to Greene County, mingled Tuesday in Jefferson with more than 50 veterans and economic development advocates before participating in a program on Home Base Iowa, a state initiative to recruit returning military men and women. Read more »

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Scranton-based truck maker New Way officially unveiled a unique new initiative—FleetForce Truck Rentals—to get even more of its locally built garbage trucks on the nation’s streets. Read more »

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Wild Rose Entertainment President Tom Timmons will keynote Midwest Partnership’s 2015 Annual Dinner Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Read more »

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Greetings from the New Director, Annual Dinner Save the Date, Award Nominations, Employment Opportunity, Featured Business Opportunity, Resource of the Month, and Investor Spotlight. Read more »


Midwest Partnership Development Corporation is currently accepting resumes for the position of Economic Development Coordinator. Read more »

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Iowa State President Steven Leath believes that as a land-grant institution, ISU has a responsibility to contribute something back to the state that built it, and that is his rationale for an economic development plan, focusing on rural communities. Read more »

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Audubon County Economic Development recently received a total of $30,000 from three area businesses to continue their work in demolishing and or improving dilapidated properties in Audubon County. Read more »

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Understanding that tourism can be a vital asset to economic development and that digital marketing is a valuable resource in today's information era, Midwest Partnership is hosting a Tourism Workshop for tourism-related businesses to learn about the marketing opportunities available through the Iowa Tourism Office. Read more »

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Planning is underway for a unique “tour of empty buildings” in mid-April designed to showcase vacant Jefferson storefronts and ease any fears about buying an empty building. With Jefferson Matters: Main Street on board with GCDC as the tour’s main sponsor, prospective buyers will first and foremost learn that they don’t have to go it alone. As many as eight buildings could be featured on the tour, and experts will be on hand to answer questions about tax incentives, rehab costs and city codes. Read more »

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It was Reinhart, a Guthrie Center native and lawyer at Bruner, Bruner, Reinhart & Wunschel Law Firm in town, who sparked movement in improving the housing at the city’s annual development meeting last spring. Roger Underwood, who was at that development meeting, went to bed that night and woke with an idea to find 20 investors to each write a check for $5,000 in helping take a risk and build a house at Cameron Flats. There were no guarantees with what would happen with that money, but after a surge of support, the project moves forward--celebrated by a groundbreaking event. Read more »

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Earlier this fall, the Coon Rapids city council voted to accept ownership of the former Syngenta Quality Assurance lab and production office. The action was at the recommendation of the Coon Rapids Development Group, CRDG, which has pledged its efforts to market the building to a potential new buyer who could utilize the facility and hopefully create new jobs. In this effort, they are hosting an open house next Thursday, November 6 from 4:30—6p.m. for local residents to come and walk through the facility to see how important it is to find a suitable owner. Read more »

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Residents of rural towns in Iowa and around the nation see new housing as an important tool to attracting and retaining residents, maintaining school enrollments and keeping their communities on the map. In some towns, residents and officials are getting creative, trying new methods of attracting new home construction. Read more »

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The Danish Windmill received the Outstanding Tourism Attraction (Rural) of the Year Award at the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference in Council Bluffs. Read more »

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Since mid-August, the Iowa Business Council has recorded 210 Home Base Iowa hires in Greene, Howard, Clarke and Floyd counties. Greene County has been leading the way as the first to adopt the initiative in March of 2014, and is already reaping the benefits of the program originated by Gov. Terry Branstad. Greene County Development Corporation Joint Executive Director, Ken Paxton worked diligently to partner with the state on behalf of Greene County. “We are proud to become the first Home Base Iowa Community in the state,” he said. “Veterans from all across the nation sacrifice so much each day to protect our freedoms. It is without hesitation that we give back to them in this small, but significant way.” Home Base Iowa businesses, the counties and some cities have put together incentive packages for veterans to relocate to their communities. Currently, there are over 50 Home Base Iowa Businesses in Green, Floyd, Clarke and Howard counties. Read more »

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Successful Farming, a Meredith Corporation media outlet, has named AMVC to its top 25 U.S. Pork Powerhouses for 2014, ranking No.9 overall in pork production. Read more »

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College is not the only route to a financially rewarding career in central and western Iowa as more and more vocations will demand so-called “middle-skills” jobs, technical and craftsman and computer expertise, says Chad Schreck, a Carroll County native and economic-development leader for a cluster of eight counties in Iowa. Read more »

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