Monthly Archive: October 2016

Oct 30

First Future Ready Iowa Alliance meeting brings together leaders from across Iowa to address skills gap

DES MOINES – The initial meeting of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance took place today in Des Moines. Business, community, government, workforce leaders, elected officials and educators are beginning work to create a blueprint for Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’s Future Ready Iowa initiative.

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Oct 27

Alliant Energy to advance wind project in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is moving forward with its New Wind Project, which will bring up to 500 megawatts of new wind generation to Iowa. That’s enough to power 215,000 homes.

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Oct 25

Company Selling Envelope Stuffing Scheme to Cease Marketing to Iowans

DES MOINES – An Arizona company advertising that consumers can earn thousands per week by stuffing and mailing envelopes at home will cease marketing to Iowans, through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller. The company, called Saguaro, of Scottsdale, collects up-front “application fees” of $100-$400, and claims to pay consumers $10 each time Saguaro receives a …

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Oct 24

Economic Development Board approves awards to support $93 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 198 jobs and will result in $93 million in new capital investment for the state.

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Oct 24

Iowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2016 Conference

BETTENDORF, IOWA — The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony this evening in Davenport during the 2016 Iowa Tourism Conference.

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Oct 22

Iowa receives $1.8 million grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

DES MOINES – Friday, the United States Department of Labor announced that more than $50 million dollars is being distributed to states to increase access to Registered Apprenticeships.

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Oct 22

Democrats say expanding skilled workforce is key to growth in Iowa

DES MOINES – Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers has been our biggest obstacle to economic growth, Democrats say. Investing in education and job training can change that.

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Oct 22

Economic Development Board approves awards to support $93 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 198 jobs and will result in $93 million in new capital investment for the state.

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Oct 20

Obama Administration Announces New Actions to Spur Competition in the Airline Industry, Give Consumers the Information They Need to Make Informed Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Actions taken this year by the Obama Administration are meant to create a better experience for airline passengers.

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Oct 19

Police in West Des Moines say 11 businesses failed alcohol compliance checks

WEST DES MOINES – Dozens of businesses were checked for alcohol compliance in West Des Moines and 11 failed, resulting in penalties.

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Oct 18

Pump Prices Drop Nine Consecutive Days

DES MOINES – The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped for nine consecutive days, reaching today’s price of $2.24 per gallon.

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Oct 18

Small Business: Get Tips on Winter Weather Survival At Free Webinar

WASHINGTON – Whether it’s pounding, relentless rainstorms or massive snowstorms, winter weather presents many risks for business shutdowns, property damage and even loss of life. Now is a good time to make a plan to stay open for business, while protecting your employees and customers from the dangers of severe winter weather.

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Oct 16

Gov. Branstad announces 5th project awarded from the Iowa History Fund 

DES MOINES –  Gov. Branstad announced that the Abigail Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution would be the 5th award recipient of private funds used to promote historical projects around Iowa.  Kristine Bartley, Regent of the Abigail Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) joined Gov. Branstad in the …

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Oct 16

Action taken by U.S. government against Iowa business for violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Department of Justice and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics LLC (NGL) and Western Dubuque Biodiesel LLC, and a settlement with Western Dubuque to address alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Oct 13

Insurance company says Iowa is fourth most-likely state for a deer collision

MASON CITY – Iowa is the fourth most-likely state for a deer collision, a big insurance company says.

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Oct 12

Shamed Wells Fargo Chairman, CEO John Stumpf leaves company

SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf has informed the Company’s Board of Directors that he is retiring from the Company and the Board, effective immediately.

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Oct 12

Possible listeria contamination reported in cookie dough made in Garner, Iowa

GARNER, IOWA – Cookie dough supplier Aspen Hills of Garner, Iowa, has expanded its cookie dough recall as one of its customers, Blue Bell ice cream, is recalling all products made with Aspen Hills cookie dough due to potential health risk.

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Oct 05

Free Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Mason City

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) 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 …

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Oct 05

Harrison Truck Centers donates new truck to NIACC

MASON CITY – Harrison Truck Centers has joined in support of the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign by donating the use of a brand new Freightliner Cascadia truck to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). The gift is intended to enhance the Diesel Technology program and bring more visibility to the College.

Oct 04

Branstad to lead trade mission to China and Japan focusing on beef and pork exports

DES MOINES – At his weekly press conference today, Gov. Terry Branstad announced he will lead a trade mission to China and Japan in mid-November. Gov. Branstad was joined by President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Al Wulfekuhle and Executive Director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council Chris Freland.

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