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Notice of Funding Availability: Railroad Revolving Loan & Grant Program

The Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa. The program is funded through appropriations from the state legislature and repayments from loans for rail development projects funded in the past. For this round, the program has an expected minimum of $4 million available for eligible projects....

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ADVANCE NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY: RAILROAD REVOLVING AND GRANT PROGRAM

The Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa....

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International Welcoming Efforts Get Recognition from The Governor

Local Leaders Focus on International Welcoming Efforts and Get Recognition from The Governor Iowa City – On November 21st, 2015 Kate Moreland from the Iowa City Area Development Group and Nancy Bird from the Iowa City Downtown District received the Karen Evans Immigrant Champion award from Governor Terry Branstad at the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit in Ankeny Iowa....

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Am I Considered a Professional?

Often I am asked, "When did you get certified in economic development?" In some ways, it seems like yesterday in 1993 enjoying my PDI comrades and celebrating being the first certified female in Iowa. I remember the group stating, "you passed the exam nationally, now you need to pass in Iowa." They proceeded to (in jest) grill me with Iowa-style questions. Now, as I understood, was considered a "professional." ...

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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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