Monthly Archive: July 2016

Jul 27

Alliant Energy announces $1 billion wind project to advance clean energy in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 27, 2016 – Iowans will soon see a significant increase in clean, economical wind generation from Alliant Energy.

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Jul 26

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 …

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Jul 26

Three Iowa restaurants resolve access complaints under the American with Disabilities Act

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.

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Jul 23

Iowa Joins Two Joint Federal-State Lawsuits Challenging Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller today joined two joint federal-state antitrust lawsuits seeking to block two proposed mergers between four of the nation’s largest health insurance companies.

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Jul 22

New grant opportunity to help small Iowa communities with abandoned commercial properties

DES MOINES – Starting Aug. 1, Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or smaller can apply for special funding to inspect abandoned commercial buildings.

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Jul 16

Root beer float promotion at Fareway stores this July to help free kids and adults from muscular dystrophy

IOWA – All Fareway locations are raising funds this July to help free kids and adults from muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

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Jul 16

Free Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Mason City

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, …

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Jul 14

Grant funding approved for public transit infrastructure in Iowa

AMES, Iowa – July 12, 2016 – The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved more than $1.5 million in funding to support five public transit projects. The projects are funded under the state Public Transit Infrastructure Grant Fund.

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Jul 13

Iowa gasoline prices fall

DES MOINES – The price of unleaded gasoline in Iowa dropped $.05 per gallon, closing the week at $2.21.

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Jul 13

Cambrex completes $50 million upgrade to Charles City plant

CHARLES CITY, IOWA – Cambrex Corporation, the leading manufacturer of small molecule innovator and generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, today announced the completion and validation of a $50 million state-of-the-art production and warehousing expansion at its Charles City, Iowa site.

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Jul 11

Iowa ag director says crops continue to make good progress statewide

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.

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Jul 11

La’ James International College of Fort Dodge to forgive $2.1M in student debts, change business practices through consumer fraud settlement

FORT DODGE, IOWA – Fort Dodge-based cosmetology school La’ James International College will forgive $2.1 million in student debts, significantly change its business practices, submit to outside oversight, and pay $550,000, through a settlement with Attorney General Tom Miller.

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Jul 08

Free energy assessments available to local small businesses

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 …

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Jul 07

Supreme Court approves grants to support civil legal services for low income Iowans

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 …

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Jul 07

Branstad announces Iowa awarded more than $25 million for Intermodal Transportation Facility in Cedar Rapids

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that the Iowa Department of Transportation has been awarded $25,650,000 to build a full service intermodal facility in Cedar Rapids.

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Jul 04

Young entrepreneurs awarded scholarships during Pappajohn camp

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) held its annual Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA) on June 20-24.

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Jul 04

Winnebago names new Vice President

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) has announced the appointment of Scott Degnan to the position of Vice President & General Manager, Towables Business, effective immediately. Former president of the Towables Business, Johnny Hernandez, will leave Winnebago Industries to pursue other professional interests.

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