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One of the bright spots in rural southwest Iowa’s current economic outlook is the impact Iowa’s largest youth organization, 4-H, is having in stopping the “brain drain.” According to 4-H staff and volunteers across the region, a large number of former 4-H’ers are returning to southwest Iowa following college graduation to pursue careers close to home. Read more »


Drive west from Des Moines on Interstate 80 and it doesn’t take long to see what Iowa is all about. Rich, lush rolling fields of corn and soybeans, pastures filled with tranquil grazing cattle, interstate signs pointing traffic to quaint Rockwellian towns. But take a closer look and you’ll notice steam billowing from ethanol plant smokestacks, trucks filled with windows or gymnastics mats, windmills producing electrical power. Drop off I-80 and you see the heart of America—schools, churches, grain elevators, factories, and main streets. Read more »


Anthony, a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based investment firm Aurora Capital Group, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of and partnership with Trausch Industries ("Trausch"), an Audubon-based company and portfolio company of the Edgewater Funds. Anthony plans to keep and grow Trausch Industries in Audubon County. Read more »


Area businesses that export products or services or those interested in exporting are encouraged to attend an April 21st workshop to learn more about the mechanics of exporting. The event is sponsored by Western Iowa Advantage, other regional groups, and the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Read more »


Region XII Council of Governments (COG) is preparing a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) which will serve as the regions's economic roadmap for the next five years. The COG is conducting a public opinion survey of residents and businesses in the region to see what people perceive as the best and worst elements of the local economy. Read more »


The Guthrie County Community Foundation reminds area non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Guthrie County of the upcoming deadline to submit grand applications for the current funding cycle. An orginial application must be received on or before 4:30p.m. the first working day of March. Read more »


Kevin Cooney, veteran KCCI-TV news anchor and an avid bicyclist, will be the featured speaker for the thrie annual membership banquet of the Raccoon River Valey Trail (RRVT) Association to be held Saturday, Feb. 20. Read more »


$25,492.50 for an Educational Program to Conserve Energy. The Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) is pleased to announce grants for 30 community based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the state. Read more »


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has encouraged Iowa furt and vegetable growers interested in accepting checks from the Women, Infants, and Children and Senior Farmers Market Nutrician Programs to enroll in 2010 training course. Read more »


The local affiliate for Habitat for Humanity International has announced an offical name change. To better reflect the true and equal partnership between volunteers and efforts in both counties, Habitat for Humanity for Boone and Greene Counties has become the offical name of the local organization effective January 1. Read more »


The Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies' Association (ISSDA) announced the recipents of its annual ISSDA GOLD STAR award for excellence in leadership on public safetyand law enforcement issused in IOwa. The GOLD STAR Awards are given to no more than five individuals each year who, through their public service, demonstrate genuine dedication to supporting the goals and ideals of ISSDA's mission "To Serve and Protect the Poeple of Iowa" Read more »


The Office of Energy Independence will launch the State of Iowa Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program on March 1. Read more »


The Adair County Farm Bureau board set its 2010 goals at the recent January board meeting. Three goals were set. These include: work to get a blender pump installed in Adair County, continue to support and sponsor Ag Day and promote and support economic development in Adair County and continue to support the wind tower project. Read more »


The locals in Audubon are divided over who has the better tenderloin in town, the Chatterbox Cafe or the Uptown Cafe. The author of this blog was lucky enough to try both in his travels through Western Iowa. Read more »


Small school districts are great economic development engines in rural communities, and offer great opportunities for students. For example, a laptop for every high school student at Orient-Macksburg might be soon be on the horizon. Superintendent Doug Latham says the school board and staff have been working with Apple on what's called a one-to-one initiative. Read more »


"Sweetplicity" is the tantalizing name for the Stuart's newest business located at 102 NE Second Street, owned and operated by Chris and Liz Sanger. Read more »


Rippey and Perry organizations and businesses are preparing for the 33rd annual BRR Bike Ride to Rippey this Saturday, Feb. 6. The annual 24-mile round trip bike ride from Perry to Rippey and back to Perry rolls on regardless of the weather. Read more »


The Adair County Board of Supervisors held their first meetin of the year Jan. 6. Clif Sheriff was re-elected chairman and Steve Shelley was re-elected vice chairman. Read more »


EMC Insurance Companies has announced its 2010 "Leading Partners" and has distinguished Commuity Insurance Agency as one of the highest-performing EMC agencies in the country, placing them in the top 15% nationally. The annual award is based on key indicators including retention, profitability of grown, which are reviewd over a three-year period Read more »


A new business entity, Greene Investments, has taken ownership of the former Last Draw Saloon building at 101 N. Chestnut (southeast corner of the square) from the city of Jefferson. Greene Investments plans to restore the two-story building's foundation and renovate the interior. Read more »

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