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Jan 09

Appanoose county becomes the 26th Home Base Iowa Community

usa-flagDES MOINES – State officials announced Friday, January 8 that Appanoose County and the city of Centerville received designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Through this process, Appanoose County and Centerville have demonstrated commitment to hiring, supporting and welcoming veterans into their community. Community and business leaders, along with local veteran organizations, attended the designation ceremony held at Lee Container, a Home Base Iowa business.

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds was on hand to recognize and celebrate the accomplishment. “It is such an honor to add another Home Base Iowa community to the list,” said Reynolds. “Iowa counties and cities are really stepping up to support the Home Base Iowa effort. We are so proud to offer such a warm welcome to veterans and transitioning service members.”

Home Base Iowa connects transitioning military members and veterans with career opportunities in Iowa companies. The state of Iowa has much to offer veterans and transitioning service members — including no state taxes on military pension, a cost of living below the national average and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. To date, members of the Iowa Business Council, Iowa’s largest employers, have hired more than 1,700 employees through Home Base Iowa.

Home Base Iowa designates qualified communities as centers of opportunity for military veterans based on four standards; 10 percent of businesses within a designated community must become Home Base Iowa businesses, each community develops its own incentive package for veterans, the community prominently displays the Home Base Iowa Community designation and obtains a resolution of support from the appropriate local governing body.

Home Base Iowa is a unique, non-profit private-public partnership that focuses on recruiting veterans and active duty service members for quality, well-paying private-sector jobs in Iowa.

  • In March, Iowa was named one of only a handful of states to be designated an All-Vet State by “Hiring Our Heroes,” a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • In June, Iowa was named as the first state to offer “Hilton Honors Military Initiative.” This is a program set up by Hilton Worldwide, and connects military members and their families across the nation with free lodging at Hilton hotels as they pursue their job hunt, or need somewhere to stay as they relocate  for their careers.
  • In July, Iowa was named the third “Get Skills to Work State” by the Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturers.

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