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IEDA Operation "Thank You' Update

Over the next several months, Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Debi Durham will be traveling the state with “Operation: Thank You” outreach events. The outreach will be coordinated through the regional marketing groups and local economic development groups to deliver the most effective program to our existing businesses. Companies who have completed a Synchronist call will be eligible for all of the opportunities from this outreach....

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DNR Stakeholder Involvement Opportunity - Groundwater-related contamination

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing a rulemaking effort to rewrite Chapter 133 of the DNR’s rules. The existing Chapter 133 addresses only groundwater-related contamination. The DNR is proposing to clarify the scope of Chapter 133, which will cover most forms of contamination not under the purview of another regulatory program. The proposed chapter would primarily be applicable to a party who is responsible for contamination. Attached is a draft proposal of the chapter. Also attached is a document that describes the purpose and proposed principles of rewriting Chapter 133....

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Proposals Being Accepted for Entrefest

EntreFest! is a two-day conference dedicated to Iowa small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, which takes place on a Thursday and Friday either in late February or early March. EntreFest! attracts hundreds of small business owners, individuals that are thinking of starting a small business, community leaders, and service providers who help foster entrepreneurial growth in their communities. ...

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Remembering Bob Ady

It is with heavy hearts but fond memories that the members of the Site Selectors Guild announce the passing of our dear friend and Guild founder, Bob Ady. ...

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Governor Branstad launches Skilled Iowa

In early June, Governor Branstad launched Skilled Iowa to address the skills gap issue growing in the state. This is a public/private initiative between Iowa businesses, workforce, economic development and education to shrink the gap and ensure that Iowa’s workforce is aligned with the needs of our employers. The Skilled Iowa Initiative is designed to increase the quality of Iowa’s labor force and create connections between unemployed Iowans and businesses with current needs....

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