Home Base Iowa Continues to Grow

Home Base Iowa Continues to Grow

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds today congratulated Warren County on achieving Home Base Iowa Community designation. Warren County is the 25th in the state to achieve this recognition.

“Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I are pleased with the momentum continuing to build around our innovative veterans’ job plan, Home Base Iowa,” Branstad said. “Our Home Base Iowa initiative won overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislature and now communities across Iowa are fully embracing the program. With continued partnerships between the state, communities and businesses, Iowa will establish itself a premier location for service members leaving the armed forces for a civilian career.”
Home Base Iowa continues to connect transitioning military members and veterans with career opportunities in Iowa companies. This unique program is tailored to a state which ranks third in the U.S. for job creation, allows for no state taxes on military pension, offers a cost of living below the national average and has 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 1700 employees through Home Base Iowa.
“Our appreciation for veterans, paired with the need for additional skilled and dedicated workforce was the driving force behind the launch of Home Base Iowa,” says Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “Since implementation, we have seen tremendous interest within Iowa communities and Iowa companies to join Home Base Iowa. We are more than happy to announce Warren County as a Home Base Iowa Community, and to welcome all veterans home to 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.

The 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.
The initiative is currently co-chaired by Congressman Leonard Boswell and Casey’s CEO Bob Meyers, both of whom are veterans themselves. For more information on Home Base Iowa, please visit www.HomeBaseIowa.gov.

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