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Scranton in Greene County is one of 10 Iowa communities that have been selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program in 2017. Read more »

Community Visioning Program Greene County Greene County News Online Iowa's Living Roadways Scranton Scranton Journal

 

New Way Ford of Coon Rapids celebrated a second of its technicians receiving the elite designation of Senior Master Technician, a designation that only 514 highly skilled technicians hold in the Ford's Kansas City region. Read more »

Award Coon Rapids Coon Rapids Enterprise designation New Way New Way Ford Senior Master Technician

 

Greenfield Chamber/Main Street was one of 12 Main Street Iowa communities to receive a technical assistance grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Read more »

Adair County Grant Greenfield Greenfield Chamber/Main Street Main Street Community Main Street Iowa Technical Assistance

 

Over the past 10 years, more than 3,000 Iowans have participated in business mentoring or financial guidance through the Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa program. Celebrating the milestone, the organization reflects on the $125 million economic impact the program has had on rural Iowa. Read more »

Economic Impact Iowa Farm Bureau Journey to Your Vision Mentoring Milestone Renew Rural Iowa

 

American Athletic Inc., a Jefferson, Iowa-based sports equipment manufacturer, plans to launch a new product this fall aimed at helping high school and college cheerleaders around the country find a safer way to strengthen leg muscles and learn the kind of balance necessary for standing in someone’s hands. American Athletic describes its new EliteTM Cheer Stand as a safer, closer-to-the-floor way for cheerleaders to train. The product, which also was tested by Iowa State University cheerleaders, includes multiple plastic parts produced by Ottumwa-based Angstrom Precision Molding—using a mold built by CIRAS’ metal 3D printer. Read more »

3D Printing AAI American Athletic Incorporated CIRAS Manufacturing New Product Prototype

 

Midwest Partnership EDC 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 »

Annual Dinner Award Nomination Entrepreneur Award Guy Powell Award Midwest Partnership

 

The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $878,616 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to a fine arts center in Forest City, a pedestrian bridge in Nora Springs and a theater renovation project in Audubon. The three awards mark the first awards made by the new Enhance Iowa Board, created in the last legislative session through Senate File 2308. The Enhance Iowa Board approved the grants at the Nov.10 meeting in Des Moines. Read more »

Audubon Audubon County Audubon County Advocate Journal CAT Grant cinema Community Attraction Grant Rose Theatre theater Tourism

 

With rising workforce concerns in Iowa, the Governor has set a goal of having 70 percent of Iowa's workforce getting technical training or going to college after high school With current levels at fewer than half, a task force has been assigned to creating a plan to achieve that goal. Read more »

Future Ready Iowa Future Ready Iowa Alliance Governor Branstad Iowa Workforce Development workforce workforce issues

 

More than two hundred employers, educators, community leaders, and students attended the 2016 Employer Educator Summit at the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson on October 13th. The goal of the Summit is to share success stories and information on various statewide resources, as well as make connections with various potential partners for strengthening the future workforce. Read more »

Employer Educator Summit Iowa Workforce Development Western Iowa Advantage workforce issues

 

Iowa is one of 36 states to receive grant funding, in the amount of $1.8 million, that will result in new apprenticeships created in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. Read more »

 

RVP~1875 History Boy Theatre Co. of Jefferson wins Outstanding Attraction at the 2016 Iowa Tourism Conference. Read more »

 
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks about STEM education initiatives at the Educator Employer Summit at Wild Rose Casino last Thursday.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator William Dotzler, and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend, among others, spoke at the Employer Educator Summit, aiming to inspire dialogue among employers and educators to build a stronger future workforce. Read more »

Beth Townsend Employer Educator Summit Greene County Iowa Workforce Development Jefferson Jefferson Herald job skills keynote speaker Kim Reynolds Lt. Governor Senator Dotzler STEM Western Iowa Advantage WIAD Wild Rose Casino workforce issues

 
Left to right: Steve Kohl, AAI Engineer of Manufacturing; Derek Thompson, CIRAS; Pete Bardole, Greene County Farm Bureau; Lisa Ebersole, AAI Marketing Manager; Mark Lane, AAI VP of Operations.

American Athletics Incorporated (AAI) of Jefferson has been named the recipient of Iowa Farm Bureau's 'Renew Rural Iowa' (RRIA) Entrepreneur Award. Read more »

AAI American Athletic Incorporated Entrepreneur Award Greene County Jefferson Renew Rural Iowa success stories

 

Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds toured AMVC Veterinary Services and got a sneak peak at the new AMVC Distribution Center on Thursday, Sept. 22. The staff at AMVC led Reynolds on a tour throughout the facilities during her hour long stay. Reynolds was quite impressed with AMVC and hopes to work with the business to help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs in the state of Iowa. Read more »

AMVC Audubon Audubon County Audubon County Advocate Journal Kim Reynolds Lt. Governor

 

It's never too early to start planning for the future! Family businesses are vital to our economy and currently account for almost 75% of all businesses and over 30% of all jobs. A very startling fact is that only 30% of these firms survive the second generation and less than 10% the third generation. Read more »

Advance Iowa business retention business succession entrepreneurship succession succession planning workshop

 

The Jefferson city council at its July 12 meeting amended the policy for the use of funds generated by the hotel/motel tax to allow time for applications for funds in the policy’s third tier to be made after the amount of funds available is known. “Up for grabs” this year is $26,000 to promote tourism and convention business in the city of Jefferson. Read more »

Greene County Hotel/Motel Tax Funds Jefferson Jefferson City Council Tourism

 

MWP worked with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Western Iowa Advantage (WIAD) region. The study examined the labor force from which WIAD area employers draw their employees and are based upon commuting patterns into the area. The study’s results can assist businesses to better understand the size and characteristics of the area’s labor force regardless of political boundaries. Read more »

Adair County Audubon County Greene County Guthrie County Iowa Workforce Development laborshed laborshed study Midwest Partnership results study Western Iowa Advantage

 

A new convenience store chain called Yesway is being launched in Iowa, including a location in Audubon. Read more »

Audubon Audubon County KJAN Radio Yesway

 
Guthrie County Community Foundation Grant Recipients

The Guthrie County Community Foundation held their annual check presentation ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th, in the meeting room at the Guthrie Center Fire Department. President, Laura Imerman, introduced the grant recipients, briefly described their projects, and then presented them with their checks. Read more »

Adair News grant Guthrie County Guthrie County Community Foundation

 
Guthrie County State Bank celebrates its 85th year of serving the community, along with the official grand opening of its new location at 413 State Street in Guthrie Center.

Since 1931, the Guthrie County State Bank has been one of the financial institutions serving the Guthrie Center area. And this summer, the bank is celebrating its 85th anniversary in combination with the official grand opening of its new location at 413 State Street. Read more »

Anniversary Guthrie Center Guthrie Center Times Guthrie County Guthrie County State Bank Guthrie County Vedette New Location Panora

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