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IWD Laborshed

Over the last 15 years, Iowa Workforce Development’s Laborshed Study has been a unique and effective economic development tool. Communities throughout Iowa use it to expand their existing businesses, attract prospective employers, maintain a high quality workforce, and make data-driven decisions. Unlike typical labor market information data, the Laborshed Study analyzes labor market information based upon commuting patterns into local areas regardless of jurisdictional (city, county, or state) boundaries. ...

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Iowa Area Development Groups Honored with USDA National Award

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) received the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award at a ceremony held today in Washington D.C. IADG was honored for expanding rural economic development opportunities in Iowa and across the nation by being a national advocate of USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL&G) Program, as well as other contributions and accomplishments of its rural sponsored economic development mission. ...

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Electric Specialty Manufacturing to Break Ground in Marion

Electric Specialty Manufacturing (ESM) will break ground on the construction of a new manufacturing facility on Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. The 14,000 square foot building will be located at 6451 Partners Ave. in the Marion Enterprise Center....

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2015 PDI Legislator of the Year Award

The Professional Developers of Iowa awarded their 2015 Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Mary Ann Hanusa of Council Bluffs. Representative Hanusa is serving in her third term in the Iowa House and is the Chairwoman of the Economic Growth committee....

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New Business Leadership Network Coordinator at U of I College of Public Health

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has a new Business Leadership Network coordinator, Tara McKee. The Business Leadership Network (BLN) fosters ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships between the UI College of Public Health and small and medium-sized businesses and communities in Iowa. ...

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