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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 »


West central Iowa partners support biofuels. They are good for the environment and contribute to the economic development of the area. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel is simple to use and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Read more »


On the local economic development scene, the Stuart Fremont Theatre at 124 N. Freemont (downtown Stuart) will be opening with Alvin And The Chipmunks Movie. Check out for more details. Also look for details on Stuart Fitness at the same location (opening soon). Read more »


B&D Mfg, Inc. is offering non-pressurized geothermal training on February 16, 2010. Classes are open to inside and outside Salesman of B&D distributors. Those who want or need to gain more knowledge about the Smart Pump Multi-zone how to properly apply the product to improve their sales. Read more »


The federal funds will help cover the costs of planning and environmental reports as the City of Jefferson begins the first phase of a streetscape initiative. The project, which covers a four-block area around the Greene County Courthouse, will include underground wiring for signal controls, sidewalk refacing and general improvements from the back of curbs to building faces. Read more »


When Ed and Christie Dwyer, owners of Dwyer Auto Body, moved their business from the former location to 215 S. Division Street in Stuart, it was obvious they needed a new front sidewalk. They became aware of the TIF program, and found it to be a simple procedure to get the necessary forms, complete them, and submit the application according to Ed. Read more »


Governor Chet Culver has announced that two freight rail, five local road and one state trail projects, worth more than $7.9 million, have been led by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Read more »


Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation and active volunteer on the board of many other area organizations, was passionate about local and regional economic development. He was a strong believer in the region's potential. Read more »


In early 2009, the Stuart City Council began researching ways to encourage private business owners in the community to invest funds in the improvement of their properties. One avenue was found to be successful in revitalizing downtown buisness areas in Iowa communities is the use of Tax Increment Financing through various grant or tax incentives. Read more »


An estimated 200-plus attended the grand opening of the new Yale Community Building on Sunday. with more than 600 folks enjoying the Yale United Methodist Church turkey supper; 130 the first night of BINGO and even more folks going to the craft show in the new building, Yale Community club members estimate more than 1,000 people have viewed their fine facility. Read more »


Announcing in a September 1972 news release, "Cardinal IG located in Greenfield!" Greenfield, Iowa was the "First Choice for a Glass Company" Read more »


Jefferson attorney Joel Williams was elected president of the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce for the coming year at the Chamber's annual membership dinner meeting, held Tuesday evenin at the Elks Lodge. Read more »


It's time. Thats what both Joyce and Wayne Ray say about their decision to retire from the TV-Appliance-Giftware business. A letter to their customers tells that they've had their Iowa sales tax permit fifty years, doing business as Wayne's Radio Service and later as Wayne's TV-Appliance-Giftware. Read more »


Governor Chet Culver's office announced that tax dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) will fund the rehabilitation of the Raccon Valley River Trail between Panora and Yale. Read more »


The Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF) announced it is accepting application for the next rounds of grants which will be awarded in 2010. Read more »

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