IEDA/IA SourceLink Updates

From the Desk of Director Durham – 11/6/14

Entrepreneurship in Iowa is important because it creates jobs. This month, we celebrate entrepreneurs in many ways, and continue to support the type of ecosystem that is needed for entrepreneurs to create, grow, and thrive. The first weekend in November starts with the 7th Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit in Des Moines....

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From the Director’s Desk – December 2017

Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  Leading up to the holiday season, I’m sure most of us were busy finding that perfect gift.  Many consumer’s buying habits include purchasing from online retailers and taking advantage of Cyber-Monday and other web-based deals. However, if you...

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From the Desk of Director Durham – IASourcelink turned five!

Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  We recently hit an exciting milestone anniversary – IASourceLink has turned five!  When the program was first launched late in 2012, we could only anticipate what this small business resource might provide to business owners, resource providers and...

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From the Desk of Director Durham: Apprenticeships

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  It’s no secret that Iowa needs more skilled workers.  A 2014 report on Iowa education and workforce trends through 2025 finds that 68 percent of all Iowa jobs are expected to require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. ...

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

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  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...

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From the Desk of Director Durham – Iowa’s Historic Tax Credit Program

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  We can’t turn back the hands of time.  Age affects everyone and everything differently.  As humans, some of us try to offset tell-tale signs of ‘experienced maturity’ with everything from serums to surgery.  With buildings, on the other hand,...

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From the Desk of Director Durham

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Many of you are familiar with Iowa’s Targeted Small Business program or TSB as it’s commonly called. It was created by the legislature in the mid-1980’s to provide access to procurement opportunities and financial resources for businesses owned by women,...

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From the Desk of Director Durham- 4/1/2016

Congratulations on making it through another Iowa winter! The calendar says that spring has sprung, and just like we’ll soon see daffodils and tulips growing, the season also brings with it another opportunity for growth – the Iowa SMART Conference. Now in its 31st year, the SMART conference is Iowa’s largest...

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From the Desk of Director Durham – 12/30/15

Listen to this month's "From the Desk" podcast. We’ve reached the end of yet another year, and as 2015 draws to a close it’s a good time to reflect on some of the many notable activities that have benefited Iowa economically over the past year. From new business starts and community...

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From the Desk of Director Durham- 10/5/15

Listen to this month's "From the Desk" podcast. Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Have you ever stopped to consider the origins of the items we use every day.  From the alarm clock you love to hate in the morning, to the last lamp you turn...

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