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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 »

Audubon County Farming Top Ranked


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 »


Main Street Iowa conducted an annual review of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program and found it to have fulfilled all criteria and officially accredited the program as a National Main Street community. Jefferson is now one of 52 communities out of 952 in Iowa to achieve the Main Street designation. Read more »

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said that $501,500 in cost share is available through a new program designed to help farmers with organic certification expenses. Farmers are eligible for 75 percent reimbursement of eligible certification expense, limited to $750 per certification scope, which include: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. Read more »

Agriculture Organic Reimbursement


As the fastest-growing sector of today’s workforce, Americans age 55 and older play a vital role—a trend the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) says will continue through the 21st century.

Experience Works, a national nonprofit organization providing training, community service, and employment opportunities for older workers in 30 states and Puerto Rico joins the DOL in celebration the contributions of older workers and the great value they bring to the workplace during National Employ Older Workers Week, September 21-27, 2014. Read more »

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The La Villa Mexican Restaurant opened for business September 28, spicing up area cuisine with a south of the border menu in Guthrie Center. Read more »

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Main Street Guthrie Center is working hard to revitalize downtown Guthrie Center. MSGC Director, Julie Bailey shares her thoughts on what constitutes a successful downtown revitalization program. Read more »

Guthrie County Main Street revitalization


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 »


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.5 per cent in August, but was down from the August 2013 rate of 4.7 per cent. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.1 per cent in August compared to 6.2 percent in July.

“Iowa experienced gains in labor force, total employment and nonfarm employment in August,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The state’s labor force participation rate also continued to trend up this month, as an increasing percentage of Iowans seek employment.” Read more »

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AMVC Veterinary Services held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of their new state of the art clinic on Sept. 12. The new clinic, on the north edge of Audubon, opened on Sept. 15 Read more »


Dean and Nancy Rogers are not your typical vineyard owners—and John 15 Vineyard in Scranton is not your typical Iowa Vineyard. It is one of the only, if not the only, commercial vineyards in Iowa that does not produce wine or sell grapes to wineries.

Instead, they offer a variety of grapes and grape products, “Just like Grandma used to make. Only better!” Homemade grape goodies include jams and jellies, syrup, jam-filled cookies and candies, pies, 100 percent grape juice, and mulled grape cider. Frozen grapes are available year-round and fresh grapes in season (usually September). Read more »

Agriculture Business Spotlight Greene County John 15 Vineyard Scranton Unique Business Vineyard


At Early Morning Harvest in Panora, the produce grown in the farm’s greenhouse—a major part of the operation—is watered through an “aquaponics” system that starts in nine large tanks full of tilapia.

The distinctive system fits with the farm’s larger goal. Early Morning Harvest, a family-run business, opened its doors in 2011 and includes the aquaponics greenhouse, an outdoor garden, a mill, free0range chickens and grass-fed cows. Read more »

Agriculture Business Spotlight Early Morning Harvest Farm Guthrie County Panora Unique Business


Greene County’s growth spurt — a community development equivalent of a 16-year-old shooting up 6 inches just months after getting his driver’s license — the $40-million casino-and-hotel development on the north side of Jefferson is far from the only game in town as evidenced by a raft of announcements and updates on projects in the county presented during the development group’s annual banquet last week at the Greene County Fairgrounds’ Clover Hall. Read more »


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $20,000 grant to Deal’s Orchard near Jefferson to provide working capital for increased hard cider production. Read more »


The growing business gives a boost to the regional economy. Read more »

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