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How to Spot the Trends Shaping our Future Economy

Join us online, Thursday, May 26 at 1:00pm CT (2:00pm ET) for a 90-minute (60-min presentation followed by 30-min Q&A session) webinar where Dean Whittaker, President & CEO of Whittaker Associates, will demonstrate the use of a STEEP (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political) process trend analysis to discover developments that will shape our future and help your organization move from strategic planning to strategic doing!...

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Nuisance Property and Abandoned Building Remediation Program

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has released a new community development program, the Nuisance Property and Abandoned Building Remediation program. This financial assistance program is now available to communities for the remediation of nuisance buildings and structures. Program funds may be utilized for the demolition or remediation and reuse of residential, commercial or industrial structures. ...

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IWD Laborshed

Over the last 15 years, Iowa Workforce Development’s Laborshed Study has been a unique and effective economic development tool. Communities throughout Iowa use it to expand their existing businesses, attract prospective employers, maintain a high quality workforce, and make data-driven decisions. Unlike typical labor market information data, the Laborshed Study analyzes labor market information based upon commuting patterns into local areas regardless of jurisdictional (city, county, or state) boundaries. ...

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Iowa Area Development Groups Honored with USDA National Award

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) received the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award at a ceremony held today in Washington D.C. IADG was honored for expanding rural economic development opportunities in Iowa and across the nation by being a national advocate of USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL&G) Program, as well as other contributions and accomplishments of its rural sponsored economic development mission. ...

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PDI Members Graduate from Heartland ED Course

The Heartland Economic Development Course offers five days of intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods and strategies of local economic development. Essentially, it is economic development boot camp. This multi-state basic economic development course ranks at the top of the IEDC accredited courses and fulfills one of the educational requirements toward professional certification....

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