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EPLAST awarded $2 million USDA Rural Economic Development Loan

ELPLAST America Inc. has been awarded a $2 million USDA Pass-Through Loan to aid in the construction of their new 32,000 sq. ft. facility in the Marion Enterprise Center. United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the award as a part of a total of $31 million in loans and grants for organizations in 12 states to promote rural economic development. The ELPLAST loan application was sponsored by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) as the company will be served by CIPCO member, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative....

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Iowa City MSA Third Strongest Iowa Economy

The Iowa City MSA, which includes Johnson and Washington Counties, jumped 14 spots to number 38, among 381 MSAs nationwide, in the new Economic Strength Rankings just released by POLICOM. This places our area as the third strongest metro economy in the state, behind Des Moines and the Council Bluffs-Omaha area....

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The Presidential Post - February 27, 2015

Isn't it great when something gets accomplished? After years of expressing concern over funding for Iowa's roads and bridges, the Iowa Legislature and Governor Branstad finally took action and passed a 10 cent fuel tax increase in February. ...

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Governor, IPEP release findings of 2014 Battelle Report, a new economic development roadmap for Iowa

After 18 months of work, countless meetings with subject-matter experts and Iowa stakeholders, and pages of data, statistics and indicators, the Battelle Report was released in late December 2014. Governor Terry Branstad joined representatives from the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) -- the state’s CEO-level, industry-led advisory board co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds – to release the findings of the 2014 Battelle Report: Iowa’s Re-envisioned Economic Development Roadmap....

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The Presidential Post - February 13, 2015

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) sponsored the 2015 "Grow Iowa" Day at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4. ...

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