News Room
Economic Development
 
Get connected with like-minded people and get a carpool started on creativecorridor.com!  (February 9, 2017)  Have you visited the Iowa's Creative Corridor website recently? Not only do they have a CorridorRides feature at creativecorridor.co/corridorrides, but they also have some exciting new programs like Corridor Connects and Find a Wingman.

National Plan for Vacation Day Encourages Americans to Travel in 2017  (January 31, 2017)  National Plan for Vacation Day encourages Americans to travel in 2017 New Iowa Travel Guide provides inspiration for Iowa vacations More than half of Americans don’t use all their time off, resulting in 658 million unused vacation days a year. Today’s inaugural National Plan for Vacation Day is a ...

Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program Workshop Announced  (January 26, 2017)  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), administers the Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District (HPCED) Tax Credit program. The program provides state tax incentives for the sensitive rehabilitation of historic buildings. Through this program, ...

Crowe is new ICEDC executive director  (January 28, 2015)  When Craig Hamilton retired late in the fall of 2014 as executive director of the Iowa County Economic Development Commission, it led local officials to enter into an agreement with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. The goal was to tap into more resources and find new, innovative ways to ...

Whirlpool Amana Gets Greener  (January 22, 2014)  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Amana, IA State officials joined Whirlpool today in announcing a new way of making refrigerators and freezers at Whirlpool's Amana Division. Thanks to a partnership with Honeywell, Whirlpool's appliances will become more eco-friendly. Whirlpool is adapting a Honeywell product called Solstice, which is a liquid blowing agent ...

Quad Graphics to Close Marengo Facility  (January 10, 2014)  Friday, January 10, 2014 Sussex, WS Quad Graphics announced today that it will be closing its Marengo facility in March, idling 138 employees. The announcement, which included the closure of a plant in Pomona, CA, comes almost a year after Quad Graphics closed a facility in Dubuque, affecting almost 200 employees. Quad Graphics ...

Clusters Employment Report for the Creative Corridor  (August 21, 2013)  Economic development and workforce partners in Iowa’s Creative Corridor place a priority on the core abilities of workers with the advancing and evolving needs of emerging or growing industry clusters, major employers and emerging new businesses. The quality, capability and availability of the workforce are critical factors for ...

IWD Release Corridor Alliance Workforce Needs Assessment  (July 29, 2013)  Iowa Workforce Development conducted the fourth annual Workforce Needs Assessment from August 2012 through December 2012. In addition to vacancy and retirement data, this year's survey included questions pertaining to average hourly starting wage and enhanced emphasis on fringe benefits. Analysis of the survey illustrates the demand for workers and skills ...

ICEDC Publishes Annual Report  (June 28, 2013)  The Iowa County Economic Development Commission has released its annual report for 2012-2013. Highlights include the hiring of a part-time director, private sector fund drive, and enhanced connections to the Creative Corridor region.

ECICOG Looking for Deals  (May 9, 2013)  The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is looking for good projects in which their Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) might get involved. The ECICOG RLF has funds for loans in the $100,000 range at an interest rate of 4% These projects should involve some job creation and funds are generally ...

WLC to Hold 2013 Financial Literacy Fair  (February 4, 2013)  WLC is seeking business and community volunteers for the Spring 2013 Financial Literacy Fair. WLC coordinates volunteers to be at the booths – no prior experience necessary! This is a terrific way to be involved for a one-shot, partial day experience with area middle school students. The Fairs are a perfect ...

New Iowa County Laborshed Study Available  (November 29, 2012)  A new laborshed study for Iowa County has been released as a part of the regional Creative Corridor effort just completed by Iowa Workforce Development. The study, underway since mid-july of 2012, interviewed a random sample of residents within a laborshed as defined by the commuting patterns of employees of ...

New Online Resource for Start-ups and Small Businesses  (November 5, 2012)  November 05, 2012 (DES MOINES) - Entrepreneurs in Iowa now have a new online business resource to help them develop their products and ideas. Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today that they have contracted with U.S. SourceLink to help small business owners ...

Dream Big Grow Here in Iowa County  (October 17, 2012)  The Creative Corridor, a seven-county regional group of which Iowa County is a member, is sponsoring a contest for entrepreneurs called Dream Big, Grow Here. Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas and be eligible for a regional prize of $5,000 and go on to compete statewide for an additional prize of $10,000. ...

Iowa Ranks 10th on Latest Forbes Magazine List  (November 22, 2011)  Iowa Ranks 10th on latest Forbes magazine list of best states to do business. The ranking measures six vital categories for businesses: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

More Stores For Tanger  (April 1, 2011)  WILLIAMSBURG Under Armour, Christopher & Banks and J. Crew are planning new outlet stores at the Tanger Outlet Center in Williamsburg. Sports apparel retailer Under Armour plans to open May 3 or sooner, Christopher and Banks has targeted a May 5 opening, and J. Crew plans to open in October. With these ...

Iowa Interstate to Build State of the Art Locomotive Shop  (January 11, 2011)  Iowa Interstate Railroad has announced they will construct a state of the art locomotive shop in Homestead. They will employ 40 people. They hope to be open by the end of 2011. The facility will include as much green construction practices as is feasible.

Kelly Plastics Adds Resin Tank  (November 17, 2010)  Kelly Plastics made a huge investment that will help them save money long term. They added two 60,000 pound capacity resin silos in July.

River Bend Ind. Expands in Victor  (November 17, 2010)  River Bend Industries will make a $1 million investment in Victor and add 70 jobs. Click on the link for the full story in the Gazette.

Interim Director chosen for ICEDC  (February 3, 2010)  Interim director chosen for ICEDC By ANDREA FURLONG An economic development consultant from West Des Moines has been chosen as the interim director of the Iowa County Economic Development Commission (ICEDC). Clark Smith is an employee of Smart Solutions Group, a West Des Moines firm that provides economic development ...

Iowa County Economic Development Commission Organized  Iowa County Economic Development Commission Organized ISU Extension has been instrumental in the development of the Iowa County Economic Development Commission. The county did not have a functioning economic development group prior to Extension's involvement. The group receives $50,000 a year in support from local businesses and the Iowa County ...

Marengo Recieves Grant for Downtown Revitalization  Marengo Receives $240,000 Grant for Downtown Revitalization The Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning program assisted Marengo inobtaining a $240,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant for downtown revitalization. Grant totaled $240,000 For more information: Julia Badenhope, associate professor, Landscape Architecture jmb@iastate.edu (515) 294-3007