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Home Base Iowa: Connecting Veterans to Civilian Careers

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One program we have here in Iowa to support those who have served is ‘Home Base Iowa’ (HBI). This unique program helps connect veterans and transitioning service members with HBI partners and resources. HBI helps these skilled veterans gain career opportunities through their vast pool of resources. As 200,000 military members transition out of military HIB strives to make Iowa the “State of Choice” for veterans and service members to gain employment, education, and find a community that is affordable, family-friendly, and welcoming.

Affordable Housing – Vital for Iowa Communities

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At the core of every Iowa community you’ll find teachers, police officers, grocers, paramedics and retirees. Tree-lined neighborhoods throughout our state are mixed with young professionals, families and grandparents…all of whom need access to housing within a reasonable commute to their job, school or healthcare and….of course family, friends and fun.

Ideas for Success: Wright County Economic Development

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In this month’s Resource Partner highlight, we asked Wright County Economic Development director, Bryce Davis, to share how they are planning for growth and to discuss opportunities on the horizon.

From the Desk of Director Durham: Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program

As I travel the state, one thing I commonly hear in every community is the need for affordable housing to accommodate the workers our companies are employing. That’s why three years ago the Iowa Legislature established the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program, designed to assist developers with the construction or rehabilitation of housing to help communities begin to solve those housing issues.

3 Ways to Reignite Your Motivation at Work this Summer

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Summer. The word can elicit excitement to spend time with family and friends at grill outs, block parties, or on the trails. But much like a muggy day in mid-July, the “dailiness” of tasks can s-l-o-w-l-y take it’s toll on your will to keep hustling at work. Here are some ways to help reignite your desire to work hard and work well-- even though beaches, bike trails, and the sunshine may tempt you to play!

2017 Iowa Downtown Conference

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Since 1987, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has presented an annual preservation-based downtown revitalization conference. Over the years, the host community and conference name has changed; but the tradition of providing opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information, and learn strategies remains the same.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brian Gumm - From Hobby to Full-Time Business

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Like many businesses, Ross Street Roasting Co. has the humble beginnings of starting in a basement shortly before that inevitable move to the garage. A garage in Tama, Iowa to be exact. Coffee roasting started out as a hobby for Brian Gumm and a way to provide some unique gifts to friends and family. That was in 2014. Flash forward to 2017 and his business serves cafes and retail stores in the Central Iowa area, as well as maintains an online store that serves the entire U.S....

$50,000 in Cash Prizes Available Through Iowa Venture Competition

The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. Innovative, new ventures are encouraged to participate.

What are College Students Looking for in an Employer?

With all the students graduating in the next few weeks, a lot of people are looking for their first full-time jobs. Before I accepted my position at the University of Northern Iowa, I had to figure out if it was a good fit for me.

5 Ways to Nail the Interview and Get Your First Real Job After Graduating

It’s May. The grass is green, leaves are popping up on trees, flowers are blooming all over town, and thousands of students are graduating college and flooding the job market. How does a 22 year-old kid with very little “real-world” work experience stand out in this crowd? By keeping these five things in mind when you sit down for that first big interview.

              
             

 

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