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CIRAS Manufacturing Leadership Program

The weeklong series of sessions will be taught by CIRAS, Iowa State University faculty, and other leading experts, with a balanced focus on business fundamentals and leadership aptitude....

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IEDA awards $20 million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced that it has awarded approximately $20 million in Workforce Housing tax credits, reaching the cap for FY15. The IEDA opened the application for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program (WHTC), established by House File 2448, on February 1, 2015....

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EntreFEST is Coming to Downtown Iowa City May 20-22!

EntreFEST, Iowa’s entrepreneur and innovation conference, is designed to be part summit, part resource hub, and part festival. This year, EntreFEST is set to offer over 90 sessions to address the needs of Iowa’s growing business and entrepreneurial communities along four different tracks: The Business Owners track, the Startup Founders track, the Community Champions track, and the Corporate Innovators tracks are specifically designed to take the work of all attendees to the next level....

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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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