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Certified Site Selection Program Update - Feb 2012

The Iowa Economic Development Authority would like to thank PDI members and economic developers who joined us for a presentation on site certification given by Don Schjeldahl and Jonathan Gemmen of Austin Consulting on Wednesday, February 1. ...

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Iowa Workforce and Economic Development Status Report - January 2012

In January, Iowa Workforce Development published the first annual Iowa Workforce and Economic Development Status Report. This report is centered on measuring the state’s progress in achieving Governor Branstad’s and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds’ four goals for their administration:...

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Rural Energy for America Program 2012


The Fiscal Year 2012 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was announced on January 20. This grant and guaranteed loan program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the Nation's critical energy needs. A copy of Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) is attached for your convenience.

Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible to apply.  Grants are available to reimburse 25% of the costs to purchase and install renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements up to $500,000.  The guaranteed loans can cover 75% of the costs up to $25 million.  Grants are also available to reimburse the 25% of the costs of a feasibility study for renewable energy projects up to $50,000.  Finally, grants are available up to $100,000 to assist public bodies, institutes of higher education, and rural electric cooperatives in providing energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Please note that there is $25.4 million available nationwide which is substantially less than in recent years.  We expect the program to be highly competitive this year!

In order to be considered for Fiscal Year 2012 funds, complete applications must be received by the appropriate USDA Rural Development Area Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

For energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants – February 21, 2012.

For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications – March 30, 2012.

For renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications - March 30, 2012.

For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications - June 29, 2012.

Our website (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/IA_bc_energy_reap.html) has information including fact sheets; lists of consultants, energy auditors and grant writers; regulations; forms and application templates.

Please let us know if you have any questions!


Kate Sand | Acting Business & Cooperative Program Director Rural Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture

873 Federal Building | 210 Walnut St. | Des Moines, IA 50309 Phone: 515.284.4665 | Fax: 515.284.4859

909 E. 2nd Ave., Suite C | Indianola, IA  50125 Phone:  515.961.5365 ext 130 | Fax:  515.961.3509


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State Library Launches First Capitol Complex IowaWORX Access Point


State Librarian Mary Wegner and Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert

DES MOINES – Iowa Workforce Development is rapidly deploying access points  across the state to bring workforce services closer to Iowans. Further enhancing  this initiative is the launch of access points on the capitol complex. Iowa  Library Services/State Library has installed access points at both the main  library in the Ola Babcock Miller Building and at the Law Library in Iowa’s  Capitol Building.

“Iowa Library Services and Iowa Workforce Development very much appreciate  the great service provided by the access point libraries all around the state.  55,000 people walk through the doors of Iowa public libraries every day.  Librarians have always worked hard to meet the needs of their customers, and are  again responding to community needs by making the workforce access points  available on library computers,” said State Librarian Mary Wegner.

Nearly 200 of the 520 access points across Iowa are located in libraries.  More libraries will add access points in the coming year. With Iowa Library  Services supporting libraries as they add access points, the partnership with  libraries across the state is strengthened for the benefit of all Iowans.

“The access point system provides Iowans with the opportunity to utilize  workforce services in a convenient location close to home,” indicated Iowa  Workforce Development director Teresa Wahlert. “With over 500 access points, 16  regional centers and 3 satellite offices we have provided access to workforce  services in every Iowa county, something that hasn’t been available for  decades.”

Continually updated information on access points is available at www.iowaworkforce.org in the  announcements section.

Individuals can connect with a workforce professional through at (866)  239-0843 or live chat at an access point. The access is available from 8:00 AM  to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday and 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM on Saturdays. Staff  members will continue to be available from 8:00 AM till 4:30 PM Monday through  Friday within the regional centers and satellite offices.

Iowa’s redefined workforce will have greater availability to the public with  evening and weekend hours, something not available in the current delivery  model. Additionally, IWD will continue to enhance technology based services  throughout the new system for the benefit of all clients. Iowa Workforce  Development and partners, provide comprehensive workforce services within the 16  integrated IowaWORKS offices. 24/7 access to employment services, unemployment  filings, job postings and more is available at www.iowaworkforce.org.

Iowa Library Services champions Iowa libraries and promotes excellence and  innovation in library services to Iowans. The two main roles of the agency are  improving library services in Iowa and delivering specialized information  resources to state government and to Iowans. Learn more at www.statelibraryofiowa.org.



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Legislative Update - December 28, 2011

A letter from PDI Legislative Co-Chairs to PDI Membership about TIF....

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