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PAWS invites area residents to help earn $5,000 to help support the group and its animal shelter. Read more »


Budget requests continue to come to the Adair County Board of Supervisors, causing several meetings to be held. One on Friday, Jan. 22 had the board hearing from South Central Youth and Family, the Department of Human Services and the RC&D board. Read more »


Bob Smith, a Greene County community and economic development leader, was recently featured in a Peoples Bank & Trust television commercial. Bob, owner of Radio Shack/Office Resolutions, was looking for a bank that was interested in his goals and dreams. He found the partner he was looking for with Peoples. Read more »


Dr. Robert C. Brown, Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will serve on SynGest’s technical advisory committee. He is also the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET), and Director of the Bioeconomy Institute. Read more »


Gov. Chet Culver had a chance on Thursday to hear firsthand about the concerns of workers who will lose their jobs when Electrolux closes its doors next year. Culver, Elisabeth Buck, of Iowa Workforce Development, and Bret Mills, of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, met with economic development officials, community leaders and Electrolux workers. Read more »


Demonstrating the talent and leadership which comes from west central Iowa, Mike Richardson, vice president of marketing for Casey's General Stores, was honored this week by the Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year, the Des Moines Register reported. Read more »


The Audubon County Extension Council will host an open house for Mary E. Ottmar, Audubon County Extension education director, on Thursday, Jan. 28. This special event will be a celebration of Ottmar's career with Iowa State University Extension for over 35 years. There will not be a formal program, but people are invited to stop by the Extension office anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. that day. Read more »


Tom Nielsen with Audubon County Economic Development spoke briefly on Audubon County joining with Midwest Partnership Development Cooperation with Adair, Guthrie and Greene Counties and introduced Jason White, who will be leading Midwest Partnership's efforts in increasing economic development. Read more »


Thousands of orphans are left behind after the quake, many sick and starving. In the middle of snowy Guthrie Center, one family is trying to help. Read more »


SynGest, one of the biggest recent economic development announcements in Iowa, announced that the company has engaged Stern Brothers & Co. to raise capital for its first biomass-to-ammonia plant to be located in Menlo, Iowa. Read more »


The Adair County Health and Fitness Center in Greenfield has a new director, and with the new year, comes some new classes. Ken Sidey took his position at the center a few months ago and hasn't looked back. He says there's something being offered for everybody this year. Read more »


Kevin Cooney, the veteran KCCI-TV news anchor and an avid bicyclist, will be the featured speaker for the third annual membership banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association to be held on Saturday, February 20. The trail contributes much to regional economic development in central and west central Iowa. Read more »


Jefferson-Scranton Schools is currently at 13th place from 16th last week in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities $100,000 giveaway. There is still have time to get into the top 10 with the campaign ending January 15th. Read more »


Stuart sits on a high point of land near where prairie and timberland meet. From Interstate 80 just a mile or so to the south, drivers can see the church's towering, 90-foot dome. Read more »


Since September, more than 300 agencies, organizations and developers statewide have collaborated to create the Iowa Money Map. According to Jason White, president of Professional Developers of Iowa, the creation of the Iowa Money Map is critical to economic development in the state. Read more »


Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardners interested in expanding into commercial production, and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel production in a workshop sponsored by Iowa State University extension and the Leopold Center for sustainable agriculture. Read more »


"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squekquel" opens across America on Wednesday, December 23. One of the theatres showing the new fill will be The Stuart Fremont Theatre, one of the most recent local economic development successes, which is scheduled to open its doors to the public for the first time next week. Read more »


Schools support economic development in a variety of ways. At the school's board meeting on Monday evening, Latham announced that Simpson College of Indianola recently replaced its weight equipment and is in negotiations with Orient-Macksburg to sell it at a low price to the school. Right now, Latham says the new equipment would be put into the currently unused industrial technology shop area at the school. Read more »


Beginning Dec. 2, Black Hills Energy's sales customers in Iowa will receive a onetime credit on bills because of the annual Iowa gas cost reconciliation. Black Hills Energy is refunding gas costs over collected between September 2008 and August 2009, plus interest, with equates to approxiimately $49 for an average residential customers using 840 therms annually. Read more »


Caleris, which operates a business process outsourcing center in Jefferson, has introduced a shared network operations center (NOC) product for ISPs/VOIP/Telecom service providers. Read more »

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