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Greene County’s lead economic-development official says he’s getting at least a phone call a day from people seeking rental housing in Jefferson. Read more »

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An undated photo shows the building on North Wilson Avenue (situated between the now-gone hotel and the present-day Tea Garden) that the city and Jefferson Matters: Main Street will rehab and resell.

The downtown commercial building at 205 N. Wilson Ave. has stood vacant and fallen into some disrepair. Tuesday night, the Jefferson city council approved the city’s acquisition of the building’s deed — as well as $5,000 from the former owners for rehabbing — making the property the first from the recent Empty Building Tour to be acquired. Read more »

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Stuart Flowers & Gifts

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time.
The sixth in this series is Stuart Flowers & Gifts. Read more »

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The plants are watered with a drip line controlled with the hose show in the foreground. Before long, the tomato plants in the tunnel will be staked and grow as high as the top braces in the tunnel.

North and east of Bridgewater is where one would find the crew of Bridgewater Farm hard at work from sun up to sun down dealing with vegetables on the certified organic property. Read more »

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (left) and Scranton Manufacturing President Michael McLaughlin examine some workmanship on a truck Tuesday.

Scranton Manufacturing, a family-owned business formed with farm boy pluck that’s growing with increasingly strong international reach, should “easily double” its local workforce in the next decade, company president Michael McLaughlin said. Read more »

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The City of Adair has received word the Iowa economic Development Authority has conditionally awarded the City a $300,000 grant to help fund the downtown façade revitalization program. The award is conditional until the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development makes the final grant award. Read more »

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A normal order for New Way can take anywhere form 60-90 days. In order to meet the demands of a new client, a Canadian-firm, New Way plans to cut that time in half, 30-45 days, for a June 15 delivery of 31 custom garbage trucks. Read more »

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GCH Clinic in Stuart

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time.
The fifth in this series is the Guthrie County Hospital and GCH Clinic in Stuart. Read more »

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Jefferson and surrounding communities are producing the jobs—at a pace envied by most other rural Iowa reaches. But will there be enough place to live for the growing number of people who are interested in calling Greene County home? Read more »

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From a diverse offering of artistic and cultural events to a substantial economic impact, the Warren Cultural Center’s third year of accomplishments was celebrated Saturday at the Center’s third anniversary gala. Read more »

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The Wash House and the Storehouse in Fontanelle now have new owners: Chris and Tracy Baudler. Read more »

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Seven J’s Custom Creations and Quilting, located at 320 State St. and owned by Jim and Joanie Grace, will open May 1 and will have a grand opening soon after. Joanie will provide quilting services, while Jim will offer custom-made furniture, signs and other items. Read more »

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Janet Ady, president and CEO of Ady Voltedge, an economic development consulting firm in Madison, WI was the keynote speaker at the Western Iowa Advantage annual dinner. Ady made observations while touring the eight county region and shared her insights on current economic development trends. Read more »

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A long-awaited job fair Thursday and Friday for the casino and resort drew hundreds from throughout Greene County and surrounding counties hoping to snag some benefits with their payout. Read more »

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Life Care Clinic in Stuart

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time.
The fourth in this series is Life Care Clinic. Read more »

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Thanks to an investment in new technology at the Grand Theatre in Greenfeild, viewers with visual or hearing impairments can now more fully enjoy the experience. The equipment works in conjunction with, and is made possible by, the digital projection system to which the theater converted three years ago. Read more »

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The Community Development Corporation of Greenfield met on April 7th. Topics of discussion included four new welcome signs, the old city hall, and school funding. The Greenfield Municipal Utilities seeks anyone interested in leasing the old city hall (or Carnegie building). If there is no interest, the old city hall will be torn down. Read more »


The National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, highlighting the combined achievements of the more than 2,000 downtown and urban neighborhoods that make up the Main Street program, including the newly added Guthrie Center Main Street (1 of 3 Main Streets in the Midwest Partnership region). Read more »

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The third annual Preserve Iowa Summit is June 25-27 in Winterset. Registration is now open and detailed information about the summit, sessions, and speakers can be found online. The summit is designed to help Iowans discover, preserve and enhance their communities’ unique history and sense of place. Read more »

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Janet Ady, veteran economic development professional and president and founder of Ady Voltedge, keynoted the Western Iowa Advantage annual banquet at the Templeton Community Center. She toured all eight of the regions counties, scouting available sites, meeting community leaders, and gaining insight of the region before offering advice during her presentation. Read more »

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