Monthly Archive: February 2016

Feb 29

New Iowa Travel Guide available

DES MOINES – The latest edition of the Iowa Travel Guide is now available.

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Feb 29

Henkel Construction wins awards

DES MOINES, IOWA – Henkel Construction, Inc. has been recognized with awards recently at a conference in Des Moines.

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Feb 29

Seasonal jobs now available in Iowa state parks

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 …

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Feb 29

Branstad announces State Innovation Model Initiative communities

DES MOINES – At the Administration’s Monday morning press conference today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that six communities are receiving grants for the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative.

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Feb 26

John Deere announces factory layoffs in Iowa

MOLINE, ILLINOIS — Deere & Company has informed approximately 100 manufacturing employees that they will be placed on indefinite layoff, effective April 1.

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Feb 21

More than $500,000 in CAT Grants awarded to two Iowa projects

DES MOINES – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $524,238 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to a library in Donnellson and sports complex in Parkersburg. The grants were approved by the Vision Iowa Board at today’s meeting in Des Moines.

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Feb 21

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.

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Feb 21

Summer seasonal positions available in Iowa state parks

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau is looking for job applicants for approximately 50 summer recreational aide openings in 22 parks around the state.

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Feb 15

Iowa Senator says Iowa has skilled job openings to fill

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 …

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Feb 13

Iowa House Agriculture Panel hears advocates of industrial hemp production

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.

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Feb 13

Debt many times comes with a college education, Democrats say

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 …

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Feb 13

Bill advances to expand state’s successful solar energy tax cedits with unanimous bipartisan support

DES MOINES – A Senate subcommittee unanimously approved a bill to expand solar energy tax credits in Iowa from $5 million to $7.5 million per year.

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Feb 12

Mason City’s Hampton Inn will open this spring and hiring is underway

MASON CITY – Construction of the brand new Hampton Inn & Suites in Mason City is moving along quickly, the company says, with hiring underway now.

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Feb 12

Mason City’s Highland Golf Course to launch new website

MASON CITY, IOWA – Mason City’s only public golf course will soon be getting a new website as the spring golf season approaches.

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Feb 12

Iowa leads in wind energy

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 …

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Feb 09

More than $2.6 million awarded from Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System Program

AMES, IOWA – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $2.6 million in grant funding for six transportation infrastructure-related development projects under the Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) program.

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Feb 06

Distribution center coming to Lake Mills, Iowa

LAKE MILLS, IOWA – The city of Lake Mills and its chamber of commerce reported recently that a new distribution facility is coming got town.

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Feb 05

U.S. unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9%

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, …

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Feb 04

Feds announce $20 million in grants available to create jobs for youths

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is working to address the employment needs of young people with the announcement of up to $20 million in funding to support demonstration projects for youth in high-crime, high-poverty communities.

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Feb 04

MidAmerican Energy completes two major wind projects

DES MOINES – With the completion of the Highland wind farm in O’Brien County and the Adams wind farm in Adams County, MidAmerican Energy Company has wrapped up work on two major projects adding more than 1,200 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers.

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Feb 04

Phishing remains on the IRS “dirty dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2016 filing season.

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Feb 03

UNI looks to offer MBA program in Mason City

CEDAR FALLS – UNIBusiness will be holding four informational sessions in Mason City for those interested in enrolling in a remote UNI MBA program on the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) campus.

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