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LOIS increases exposure through partnership with Site Selection Magazine

LOISLocationOne Information System (LOIS) has partnered with Site Selection magazine to give all sites and properties on LOIS additional national and international exposure to site selectors. Site Selection magazine's website will soon feature sites and properties on LOIS. 

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 site selectors and executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online. The SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail newsletter, is delivered to approximately 44,000 industry professionals. The publication also publishes "The Site Selection Energy Report," "The Site Selection Life Sciences Report" and "The Site Selection Aerospace Report" monthly e-newsletters. 

Site Selection magazine joins GCX (Global Corporate Xpansion) magazine as online media partners with LOIS. Economic development organizations without a LOIS subscription can benefit from this additional exposure to site selectors by placing their sites and buildings on the LocationOne website. 

"We now have one of the first true nationwide platforms for site and building information," said Lisa Franklin, Manager of Economic Development for LOIS. "Economic development organizations that don't use the LocationOne viewer still have the opportunity to have their properties showcased on LocationOne, as well as the websites for Site Selection and GCX magazines. It's the first opportunity for all economic development organizations to be on one system that can be used by site selectors and businesses to conduct the most comprehensive nationwide searches of available sites and buildings." 

Ron Starner, Executive Vice President of Site Selection Magazine and Conway Data Inc. in Atlanta, noted "this partnership represents a combination of resources and audiences of the market-leading corporate real estate publication in the field - Site Selection - and one of the best GIS location tools in the industry - LOIS. Now, site selectors will find virtually everything they need in one location." 

LOIS is the market leading online economic development site selection database in the U.S., representing more than 8,800 communities and 3,500 economic development organizations. 

An easy-to-use tool that plugs into a subscriber's website, LOIS gives site selectors a fast, convenient way to research available properties. Custom map layers showcase specific search criteria such as demographics, zoning and community assets like airports, school districts and hospitals. The new LocationOne EcoDev Tracker allows users and site selectors to track projects in real time and run customized reports. And the nationwide mobile app offers access to robust property searches all the time, from anywhere. For more information about LOIS, contact Lisa Franklin at 816.654.1644 or visit the LocationOne website.

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Building Opportunity Workshop with Roger Brooks in Pella, Iowa

Roger Brooks, President of Destination Development International, will be doing an Opportunity Assessment of the Red Rock Area in June. The assessment is made possible through the partnership of 16 different local and regional entities. The power of this partnership is that our rural area will be provided the expertise of the most respected professional in destination development in the United States. 

The workshop will includes Roger's insights on branding in addition to his findings and suggestions from the Opportunity Assessment. This past December Roger was the speaker on two webinars that were hosted for the tourism industry. Now, you have the opportunity to hear his insight in person. 

If you have others in your office that would like to attend please forward this information on to them. Early bird registration ends May 1, so don't delay in registering.

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Skilled Iowa Initiative works to address the "Skills Gap"

Skilled Iowa LogoOur nation is currently facing a shortage of qualified workers.  This trend is commonly referred to as the “skills gap” – the difference between the skills employers require and those that workers actually possess – and it has left scores of jobs unfilled across America.  

The Skilled Iowa Initiative is working to better prepare Iowa’s students and workers by making sure they are equipped with the practical workplace skills that employers need. 

The National Career Readiness Certificate that Skilled Iowa is encouraging workers to earn tests the skills of workers in three areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information.  Each of these proficiencies has numerous real-world applications and is vital to career success. 

Each skill area is tested through ACT’s WorkKeys assessment, which utilizes real-world examples, allowing test takers to problem solve in a practical way.  

An NCRC certificate allows workers to quantify their aptitudes and demonstrate to employers they are qualified for positions they are seeking. 

The WorkKeys assessment gives test takers an overall score of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze, which gives employers a clear prediction of an individual’s potential in the workplace. Test takers have access to additional training if they want to try to improve their scores and earn a higher-level certificate. 

Since the NCRC program was launched in 2006, more than 1 million certificates have been awarded, helping put America back to work and allowing companies to find skilled workers.  The Skilled Iowa Initiative is proud to be a part of achieving these goals.  With a more skilled workforce, Iowa can remain competitive in the global market and become an even more attractive place to do business.  

We urge community, business and education leaders to be a part of the Skilled Iowa Initiative’s effort to grow the Iowa economy.  

Visit www.SkilledIowa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SkilledIowa for the latest updates.


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Sabre Industries, Inc. Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Industrial Complex in Sioux City, Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa - (January 15, 2013) Sabre Industries, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for their new Iowa industrial complex in Sioux City’s Southbridge Business Park. A multi-phase expansion project, this new 150 acre site provides Sabre with the ability to locate all Sioux City operations on one campus.

Speakers at today’s ceremony included Iowa Governor Terry Branstad; Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott; Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty; Sabre Industries’ President and CEO, Peter J. Sandore; and Brian Newberg, Executive Vice President of Sabre Steel Products.

Purpose-built for the manufacture of steel communication and electric transmission structures, Sabre Industries’ new state-of-the-art Iowa facility has 192,000 square feet of production space and offers the most streamlined and efficient manufacturing. Once completed, the new industrial complex will include a paint and blast building, plate blast building, maintenance building, and new administration building.

"Sabre is pleased to host the ribbon cutting for our new Iowa Industrial Complex," said Peter J. Sandore, President and CEO of Sabre Industries, Inc. "With increased demand in both the utility and wireless industries, this new facility provides the Company with the manufacturing capacity needed to better serve our customers. In addition, the site provides ample room for future growth."

Sabre Industries has been manufacturing tower structures in Sioux City for nearly 36 years. The Company has grown from a small tower manufacturer to the leading provider of steel structures for the wireless communications industry, and the third largest provider of transmission structures for the utility industry. Future demand in both industries created the need for the company to expand and upgrade their manufacturing operations.

"Sabre is the perfect company to be the first to locate in the new Southbridge Business Park," said Mayor Bob Scott. "Their presence brings significant investment, demonstrates their commitment to growing our local economy, and is creating new jobs and career paths for younger employees." 2

Already having manufacturing facilities in Texas, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, the Company looked at several locations across the country. Sioux City and the state of Iowa offered the best solution. In addition to providing ample room for expansion, Sioux City has a sizable, highly-skilled and technically sophisticated workforce. With the new facility requiring nearly 200 new positions, this was an important ingredient in the overall decision on location.

"We are pleased to be able to keep our Iowa operations in Sioux City," commented Brian Newberg, Executive Vice President of Sabre Steel Products. "This new site provides us with what we need in terms of capacity and workforce, and offers our Sioux City employees increased opportunities."

About Sabre

In business since 1977, Sabre Industries, Inc. ("Sabre") is a leading producer of utility structures, communication towers, shelters and building systems, and tower accessories. In addition Sabre provides a full range of services including hot-dip galvanizing, turnkey construction, site development, interior integration, and field maintenance. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Alvarado, Texas; Sioux City, Iowa; Ellwood City, Pennsylvania; and Bossier City, Louisiana. For further information on Sabre and its various divisions, please visit our web site at: www.SabreIndustries.com

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ICAD Group Supporting Needle Analytics' Cartography Contest

Working with Raygun and JPEC to Create New Iowa Maps

The Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group is supporting a grassroots effort lead by Iowa City startup Needle Analytics to create new state maps that capture and graphically represent the local perception of the state. Submissions will be accepted through June 1 and the top three designs will be printed on posters and sold at Raygun in Iowa City.

“We wanted to get behind this effort to further explore and capture how our community and state views its strengths and assets,” said Mark Nolte, ICAD Group President. “Building local pride can only help strengthen the fiber of our area, which is reflected in our workforce, entrepreneurs and existing industry.”

Local business owners, Riley Gardam and Jacob Langenfeld, started Needle Analytics last May, shortly after their creation of The Bloom Index. The Bloom Index was a map that quantified Stephen Bloom’s blunt representation of Iowa in an article in The Atlantic. Since that creation, these two University of Iowa graduates have built a company that relays relevant and complex data in ways that are easy to process and understand, including maps.

According to Gardam, the idea for the event stems from their belief that cartography is an artistic undertaking. “We began playing with the idea of what kinds of meaning these Iowa places have for locals and how that might look in a map,” said Gardam. “This contest celebrates our first anniversary as well as our belief in mapping as an art form.”

Gardam says her team and Raygun representatives will select six semi-finalists who will each receive a $50 honorarium. From there, the top three entries will be printed on posters and sold in the Iowa City Raygun store Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.

“The top three designers will receive half of the profits from the poster sales,” added Gardam. “We look forward to recognizing their work as part of our one year celebration.”

A reception to celebrate the winning designs, as well as Needle Analytics' first anniversary, will be held at the Iowa City Raygun store, 103 East College Street, on Friday, July 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with refreshments provided.

Details regarding the rules and submission requirements can be found at the website, needleanalytics.net/contentcontest.htm. Event sponsors include Raygun, the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), and the Iowa City Area Development Group.

For More Information:

Needle Analytics, (515) 249-2545 or info@needleanalytics.net


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