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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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ICAD Group's Workplace Culture Initiative Wins Economic Development Award

The Mid-America Economic Development Council presented its annual Economic Development awards at the 2014 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, held December 7-9 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, and the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group Received First Place in the Business Retention and Expansion Category for their entry “Making Iowa City and Iowa’s Creative Corridor a Hub for Workplace Culture.”...

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Iowa's Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Tables Continue Improvement in 2015

Iowa Workforce Development announced today that employers will see approximately $108 million dollars in tax savings by moving from tax table six to table seven. The last time unemployment insurance taxes were this low was 2002. The average rate will fall from 1.6 percent to 1.2 percent for 2015....

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DRAFT of Workforce Housing Rules

Click here for a DRAFT copy of the proposed Workforce Housing Tax Credit administrative rules that will be presented to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on August 22, 2014. The proposed rules are based on House File 2448 passed this legislative session that replaces the Housing Enterprise Zone program. ...

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Iowa View: Skilled Iowa Benefits Workforce

The first year of Gov. Branstad's Skilled Iowa initiative has been a great success. Significant strides have been made to help address Iowa's middle skills job gap by upskilling Iowans and ensuring that job seekers and students have the tools needed for the careers of tomorrow....

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