Washington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took action against Wells Fargo Bank for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers.
Washington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took action against Wells Fargo Bank for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers.View full post
MASON CITY – A Mason City business will get a forgivable loan to upgrade a gravel parking lot and aged door.View full post
Following bird flu outbreak, Iowa and Minnesota Senators attempt to end discrimination on U.S. turkey exports
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bipartisan letter along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Al Franken (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), and Thom …View full post
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, clarifies borrower protections when the servicing of a …View full post
MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is excited to once again offer a degree in Graphic Design. The program is being offered as an Associate in Applied Science degree and as a Certificate. Students can still enroll for the fall semester with classes beginning on August 29.View full post
Following bird flu outbreak, Iowa and Minnesota Senators attempt to end discrimination on U.S. turkey exports
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bipartisan letter along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Al Franken (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for increased efforts to end discrimination against American turkey exports by addressing unscientific import requirements imposed by two U.S. trading partners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, clarifies borrower protections when the servicing of a loan is transferred, and provides important loan information to borrowers in bankruptcy.
DAVENPORT, IOWA — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets, announced that Roy D. Biondi has been named publisher of The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa and The Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa. He succeeds David Braton, who became publisher of The Bismarck Tribune in March.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed updates to its Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule. The proposed amendments are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and provide greater clarity and certainty. The changes proposed today would augment implementation of the Know Before You Owe rule, which took effect last year, and help facilitate compliance within the mortgage industry.
Economic Development Board approves awards to support nearly $456 million in capital investments in Iowa
DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to eight companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 308 jobs, retention of four jobs and will result in nearly $456 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding for four startups.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently settled access complaints against three local restaurants under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The Hacienda Las Glorias, Lone Star Steakhouse, and The Irish Democrat, all covered under Title III of the ADA, agreed to comply with the Act’s provisions ensuring equal access within the restaurants.
MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business.
MASON CITY – Energy experts with Alliant Energy will be in the area over the next few weeks conducting free energy assessments (worth up to $500) for small business customers. The energy assessments are performed by skilled energy assessors that evaluate the building’s construction, lighting, heating and cooling systems, insulation and appliances. Installation of free energy-saving products like compact fluorescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats are also included.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has approved $239,998 in grants to nonprofit programs that provide legal assistance to low income Iowans with civil legal problems. The court awarded grants to fourteen different organizations throughout Iowa. The grants are funded by the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA) program. With this year’s grants, the supreme court has awarded more than $24.4 million in IOLTA grants since the program began on July 1, 1985.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s head intellectual property rights enforcer told representatives from the Senate Finance Committee last week that the agency had launched initiatives and backed external efforts that empower industry to protect the online marketplace against counterfeit goods.
Lawrence A. Erickson and Jerry N. Currie Announce Retirement From the Board of Directors Effective December 2016
FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, announced that Robert M. Chiusano was elected chair of the Company’s board of directors effective June 15, 2016. Mr. Chiusano will continue to serve as the chair of the Human Resources Committee until at least December of 2016.
Iowa receives $200,000 accelerator grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Increase Number of Registered Apprenticeships
DES MOINES – The United States Department of Labor announced today that Iowa will receive part of a $10.4 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grant to expand and expedite apprenticeship programs in Iowa and across the country. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) will receive $200,000 to help integrate apprenticeships into education and workforce systems, conduct outreach, work with employers to start new apprenticeship programs, and promote greater inclusion and diversity.
WINTERSET, IOWA – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $1,821,174 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to a park project in Sioux City, environmental learning center in Allamakee County, skate park in Winterset and a trail and library project in Bloomfield. The grants were approved by the Vision Iowa Board at a recent meeting in Winterset.
MASON CITY – A check was presented to the Mercy North Iowa Cancer Center after a fundraiser.
Megan Merfeld and Alanna Monson, students from Clear Lake High School, along with their sponsors and other contributors to the 2016 M&M Golf tournament raised $2,840 for the Mercy Cancer Center.
A check was presented to employees at the Mercy Cancer Center Wednesday, April 27.
The donation will be used to help provide transportation services for cancer patients.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced last week that the United States has settled civil mortgage fraud claims against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Wells Fargo) and Wells Fargo executive Kurt Lofrano, stemming from Wells Fargo’s participation in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Direct Endorsement Lender Program.
DES MOINES, IOWA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board on Tuesday awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 1,219 jobs and will result in over $290 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding for four startups.
DES MOINES – A statewide program to educate pork producers about manure pit safety, and research projects to combat E. coli in piglets and to help diagnose sow lameness, will share nearly $225,000 in the final allocation of a ten-year, $1 million program to advance and enhance swine production in Iowa.
MASON CITY, IOWA – Prestage Farms announced on March 21, 2016, the forming of a new company, Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC, and its intent, pending finalization of necessary state permits and approvals, to build a new, state-of-the-art fresh pork processing facility in Mason City, Iowa, and we wanted to share this exciting news with you directly.
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is filling about 50 summer recreational aide openings in 22 parks around the state. Jobs duties include assisting park staff in patrolling the park, helping visitors, monitoring reservations, registering campers and doing seasonal park maintenance. Application can be made to the individual parks. For a detailed job description, list of parks with openings and their contact information, visit www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Employment.
Economic Development Board approves awards to support over $53 million in capital investments in Iowa
DES MOINES – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 159 jobs, retention of 675 jobs and will result in over $53 million in new capital investment for the state.
From Senator Amanda Ragan –
One of the biggest challenges Iowa faces is ensuring students and workers have good career opportunities, and business have access to the skilled employees they need. But we are on the right track with Iowa’s Apprenticeship Training Program, STEM internships and programs at our community colleges preparing current and future workers. More than half of employment in Iowa is projected to be in middle-skill jobs by 2022, according to a report by Iowa Workforce Development.
DES MOINES – Iowa Republicans report that on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Iowa House Agriculture Committee had a presentation about the economic potential for industrial hemp production for fiber, energy and food purposes. Indus- trial hemp is a hemp plant that does not contain measurable amounts of the chemical intoxicant found in illegal marijuana.
DES MOINES – Democratics in the Iowa legislature this week pointed out the benefits of a community college education and the importance of student loans to those seeking enlightenment.
Community colleges are among the most affordable options for students seeking to further their education and training, yet tuition and living costs remain out of reach for many Iowa families. These barriers are greatest for working-class students who, without financial aid, may not be able to enroll at all.
DES MOINES – Iowa has passed California to become the #2 ranked state nationally with more than 6,000 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity, according to a national report by the American Wind Energy Association. Wind now accounts for more than 28 percent of Iowa’s total electric production, generating enough energy to power 1.5 million homes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in several industries, led by retail trade, food services
and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in private
educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining.
DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 241 jobs and will result in over $254 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding for six startups.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security talked about tips to keep your online data private and safe.
CLEAR LAKE, IA – Pritchard Family Auto Stores announced today that its Clear Lake dealership will be acquired by Billion Automotive in late January.
Pritchard Family Auto Stores is a national leader in commercial vehicle sales, and the company will build on that performance. As a 5th generation family-owned and operated business, Pritchard Family Auto Stores is proud to provide North Iowa with quality, dependable automobiles and outstanding customer service since 1913. The company’s footprint expands across the United States with commercial locations in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Las Vegas, Baltimore, and Los Angeles.
“We are committed to continuing our successful, 102-year history of selling and servicing vehicles across Northern Iowa,” said Joe Pritchard, President of Pritchard Family Auto Stores. “As the industry and the business model for car sales evolves, we continue to look for strategic partnerships and alliances to ensure that we are best serving the needs of our customers, our communities and our employees.”
Additionally, Pritchard Family Auto Stores announced plans to expand their Forest City Auto Center dealership, and announced that new vehicles will no longer be sold at Clarion Auto Center. Pritchard Family Auto Stores currently has no plans to sell any of its six other automobile dealerships located in Northern Iowa.