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Governor Chet Culver today announced I-JOBS grant awards totaling $13 million to 24 projects in Main Street Iowa communities to support physical improvements in their historic commercial districts. Read more »


Guthrie and Boone counties are among 18 Iowa counties now eligible for federal diaster aid to help them recover from the severe flooding that hit the area the past couple weeks. Read more »


White Pole Road Development Corporation is pleased to present the first Al Bell Film Festival on Sunday, Sept 23 at the Saints center for Culture and the Arts in Stuart. Read more »


Dale Valley Vineyard of Stuart received two bronze medals in the fourth annual Mid-American Wine competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus. "These wines were top notch," said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition. "Consumers out to track them down and enjoy them." Read more »


Entries are now open for a unique Fun-Triathlon to be held in Jefferson on Saturday, Sept 4. Participants, starting at the Raccoon River Valley Trail Head Depot on East Lincolnway, will run and bike in the morning and bowl in the afternoon (swimming is not part of this triathlon) Between the morning and afternoon events, they are invted to join for a progressive lunch break and refueling, tour of the restaurants and pubs surrounding the Mahanay Bell Tower Square in downtown Jefferson. Read more »


Senator Tom Harkin, a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced last week that he successfully worked to acquire $15 million for important transportation improvements, housing initiatives and economic development projects across Iowa. Read more »


Habitat for Humanity of Boone and Greene counties has been approved for a $50,000 grant from the Iowa Finance Authority to finance construction costs of an affordable single-family home in Odgen. The home will be sold to an extremely low-income family. Handicap accessibility measures will be implemented in the construction of the property to accomodate a handicapped child. Read more »


State Senator Daryl Beall (D-Fort Dodge) this week welcomed news that 90.8 percent of Iowa small businesses will be eligible for new federal health care tax credits in 2010. Read more »


Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Nov. 8-10 by a team reprenting The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Assocation of Colleges and Schools. Iowa Central has been accredited by the Commission since 1974. Its acreditatation is at the associate's degree level and includes degree sites at three centers within the nine-county service area. Read more »


Small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required returns for 2007, 2008, and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010, under a one-time relief program, the Internal Revenue Service announced this week. Read more »


The Farmers Electric Cooperative of Greenfield will soon be buying power from a couple of wind turbines being installed. Wolverine Wind Energy LLC and Bulldog Wind Energy LLC are currently working on the sites in Adair County, with installation to begin next week on one of the two 105 MW turbines. Read more »


Clipper Windpower "Eclipse" project manager Andrew Goldstone, asset coordinator Bryan Bottoroff, and environmental coordinator Casey Willis accepted an invitation for an informative meeting with county supervisors and county zoning commissioner Barry Stetzel Tuesday. Read more »


The gas station in Orient, which was bought May 1 by Doug and Kristie Davidson of Orient from previous owner Richard Thompson, has already gone through many changes throughout the past couple months. Read more »


The entry deadline for the Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open is Aug. 10, and entries continue to come in each day. The 144-player field is open to professionals and amateurs who live in Iowa, as well as golfers with Iowa ties. The tournament will be at Lake Panorama National, where it was held from 1985 to 1998. Read more »


The contest, sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA), is designed to invest in economic development while supporting the dreams of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The University of Northern Iowa’s MyEntre.Net, Iowa’s online community for entrepreneurs and small businesses, announced the launch of the contest in June. Businesses and entrepreneurs can compete to win $1,000 to help bring their business concept to reality or help their business grow in Iowa. Read more »


The Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guart and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced that Duane Sundo of Hawkeye Growth at Menlo has been honored with a Patriotic Employer in recognition of extraordinary support of its employee(s) who serve in Iowa National guard and Reserve. The award was presented on Monday, July 12. Read more »


The Business Improvement Committee of Greenfield Chamber/Main Street held its third session in a series offered for business start-ups or expansions on Monday, July 12 at Wayne's Gift and Appliance Store. The contect for the evening's presentation focussed on how to use marketing data for decision-making. Read more »


The Panora Area Development Group is sponsoring their 7th annual forum on July 29th. This event is great fun each year, and offers the opportunity to welcome visitors to the Panora area and Midwest Partnership EDC region. Read more »


Plans are being finalized for the annual Summer Fun Night in Scranton. The event has been scheduled for Saturday, July 31, with activities running from 4-8 p.m. in and around the Scranton school building. Folks are invited to come and enjoy the evening. Bring your lawn chair for guarenteed, comfortable seating. Read more »


SynGest Inc. announced that the Iowa Power Fund and Iowa Office of Energy Independence are in final negotiations for a contract in the amount of $2.5 million for the development and commercialization of SynGest’s bioammonia production technology in the state of Iowa. The award is subject to final contract negotiations, board approval, and contract execution. The contract would provide a grant in the amount of $2.5 million subject to the terms of the contract. Read more »

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