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Jefferson's downtown square will see a successful succession of ownership of Fudges Flowers & Gifts, with Katie Richard selling the business to local resident Bonnie Silbaugh. Read more »

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Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks about STEM education initiatives at the Educator Employer Summit at Wild Rose Casino last Thursday.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator William Dotzler, and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend, among others, spoke at the Employer Educator Summit, aiming to inspire dialogue among employers and educators to build a stronger future workforce. Read more »

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200 E State Street, purchased by the Jefferson City Council

The Jefferson city council unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase the building at 200 E. State St., making it the third dilapidated downtown structure bought by the city since May 2015. Read more »

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The health care sector in Greene County generates 591 jobs and more than $24.15 million for the area economy, the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association finds. Read more »

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Jefferson City Councilman Larry Teeples, Greene Co. Chamber of Commerce Tourism Coordinator Angie Pedersen, and Exec. Director of Greene Co. Dev. Corp. Ken Paxton visited the state capitol in support.

The governor spoke April 4 with a delegation of business and community leaders during U.S. Highway 30 Day at the state capitol. Led by Highway 30 Coalition of Iowa president Adam Schweers, of Carroll, about 20 people in the organization met with Branstad and state legislative leaders. Read more »

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Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Jefferson City Council, and Region XII Council of Governments prepare for CDBG grant application with selection of architect for facade project.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Jefferson City Council, and Region XII Council of Governments prepare for CDBG application with selection of architect for facade project. Read more »

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Gus Macke (right) is selling his Ford dealership in Coon Rapids to Michael McLaughlin (left) and Scranton Manufacturing.

Gus Macke, one of the most widely known and successful auto dealers in west central Iowa, is selling his Ford dealership in Coon Rapids to Scranton Manufacturing. Read more »

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Closet to Closet owner, Kathy Loew, stand outside the former Churdan Foods, now a second hand boutique.

In December of 2014, a couple from the Des Moines metro area bought the building that formerly housed Churdan’s grocery store. After months of renovation, they recently opened Closet to Closet, a secondhand clothing boutique. Read more »

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Sarah Smith, owner of Bell Street Market in Yale, takes a minute to pose for a picture.

Bell Street Market, located at 300 Main St. in Yale, has been open since August of 2012. The combination grocery store and deli is open from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. 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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Broadband expansion will be made possible by $53.2 million in grants from the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund. Read more »

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A proposed merger of West Central and Farmers Cooperative would build what West Central’s CEO says is the largest cooperative in Iowa — one that, based on reports from last fiscal year, could expect annual sales near $1.5 billion. Read more »

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Douglas Burns, co-owner of the Jefferson herald, lobbied three members of Iowa’s congressional delegation and their staffs for a National Wildlife Refuge designation for Dunbar Slough during three days of economic-development sessions last week in Washington, D.C. focused on west-central Iowa. Read more »

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Sarah Gomez, Executive Director

Gomez, 29, serves as the executive director of the Midwest Partnership, an economic-development collaborative that includes Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties. Read more »

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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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