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The Iowa Tourism Office has released new data showing continued growth in the state’s tourism industry. Over the past five years, travel-generated expenditures have increased by an average of 5.94 percent, beating the five year national average of 5.78 percent. According to the study, “The Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties,” travelers spent $8.06 billion in Iowa and generated $374 million in state tax revenues in 2014, both all-time highs. Read more »

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A-C Students at Agri Drain for Manufacturing Day

Agri Drain Corporation hosted students from the local Adair-Casey School on Thursday in recognition of Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing, meant to raise appreciation and awareness of the manufacturing industry in order to educate and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Companies across the country host events to showcase what a career in manufacturing has to offer. Read more »

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Justin Hill of Hill Productions and Media Group talks about the various logs he sees being used in Greenfield.

Greenfield Chamber/Main Street was selected to receive an image/brand assessment through Main Street Iowa, which involved a visit from Justin Hill of Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc. Read more »

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Greenfield Oil, located on Highway 25, moved to its location from downtown about 40 years ago. An open house was held to celebrate Greenfield Oil's 100 years in business.

An open house was held to celebrate Greenfield Oil's 100 years in business. Read more »

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At the top of the bell tower are (from left) Pat Richards and Debi Durham, Shawn Lode and Omega Sang, and Angie Pedersen and Ann Vogelbacher.

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, was an enthusiastic guest when she visited Jefferson last Wednesday. Read more »

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Titan Immel of Aerofarming, LLC of Adair (far left) received the DMACC Foundation $1000 Entrepreneurship Competition

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently honored several businesses at its third annual DMACC Small Business Awards Ceremony. The event was held inside the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Ankeny campus. Read more »

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The “hot topics” have changed since Greene County Development Corporation hosted its first town hall meeting last August. Ground hadn’t yet been broken on the Jefferson Hy-Vee store and the walls were still being erected on Wild Rose Jefferson. Those projects are completed and the tagline for the Sept. 28 meeting, “It’s been a great year – What’s next?” was aptly chosen by GCDC executive director Ken Paxton. About 60 persons were in attendance. Read more »

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GCDC executive director Ken Paxton at the Sept. 28 town hall meeting provided a list of the nine projects and spoke briefly about each one, inviting community members to get involved in the projects. Read more »

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Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation (Grow Greene), the local non-profit license holder for Wild Rose Jefferson, is developing its operational plans for distribution of casino grant funds. Read more »

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Since opening on July 13, the casino has averaged 12,500 casino-floor patrons a week, or about 25 percent more than Wild Rose Emmetsburg, a facility the gaming operator and its allies used for many comparisons during the Jefferson campaign. This success makes Wild Rose Jefferson the perfect location for the GCDC Annual Dinner. Read more »

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Flint Hills Resources announced today it is adding 5 million bushels of corn storage at its Fairbank and Menlo ethanol plants. The new ground piles will more than double each plant’s on-site corn storage capacity and are expected to begin receiving corn in early October. Read more »

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IEDA Director Debi Durham to visit Jefferson

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will visit several Greene County attractions next Wednesday, Sept. 30. Durham will be hosted by Greene County Chamber tourism and events coordinator Angie Pedersen. Read more »

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111 E Lincoln Way, recently purchased by the City of Jefferson

The city of Jefferson will soon become the owner of a second dilapidated downtown building. The city council at its regular meeting Sept. 22 authorized city administrator Mike Palmer and city attorney Bob Schwarzkopf to enter into a purchase agreement on the retail building at 111 E. Lincoln Way, just west of Sally’s Alley. Read more »

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Kathy Loew, director of the new non-profit Closet to Closet clothing store in Churdan, has lofty goals. She wants to fulfill her mission of helping struggling families find affordable clothing, and she wants to make Churdan a travel destination. Read more »

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Brian Handlos and John Anderson are planning to develop this area on the south edge of Audubon, currently home to DR & KW Transtor, for a 30-room hotel, restaurant/cafe, truck stop and wash.

A full service truck stop including gas and diesel services, a convenience store with fast food, a 24/7 cafe, 30-room hotel and more was proposed for the south edge of Audubon during the Audubon City Council meeting on Monday. Officials with the project have requested that the city annex the property in order to provide additional revenue for the city and water and sewer services for the truck stop. Read more »

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Wild Rose Jefferson General Manager Mike Couch (right) leads Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich (left) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Director Rod Roberts (center) on a tour of Wild Rose.

Wild Rose Jefferson’s initial monthly state filing shows that the casino pulled in $1.4 million in gaming revenue during its first half month of operations as 29,524 customers hit the gambling floor Read more »

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More than 220 employers, educators and service providers will gather at the Templeton Center in Templeton Thursday for an Employer – Educator Summit organized by Midwest Partnership and Iowa Workforce Development. Read more »

Debi Durham Employer Educator Summit Jim Ober Ken Paxton keynote speaker

 

Greene County medical Center was recently selected as one of the Des Moines Register’s “Top 150 Iowa Workplaces.” The top 150 Iowa workplaces are divided into three categories, small, mid-sized and large companies. The medical center was ranked #33 of 50 in the mid-sized company category. Read more »

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Broadband expansion will be made possible by $53.2 million in grants from the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund. Read more »

Broadband Connect America Fund Greene County Jefferson Herald

 

The Children’s Nest is now open in Audubon, developed from a series of meetings starting over two years ago regarding the consistent gap in available childcare slots in Audubon County. Read more »

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