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  • Friday, December 21, 2018
    Lee County EDG Prepares Students for Local Careers
    12 Plus Employability Class Graduates
    12 Plus is an employability class for high school students designed by local industry and f...
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  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    Keokuk School Awarded STEM BEST Program
    Connecting Students with Careers
    The Governor’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council awarded Keokuk Community Schools for their STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) project. This makes the 2nd STEM BEST awardee for Lee County, with Fort Madison receiving this award in 2016, and only one in 50 across the state since 2014.

    The STEM BEST Program fosters a lear...
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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Keokuk Wins Award for Comprehensive Plan
    The American Planning Association, Iowa Chapter, granted the 2018 Daniel Burnham Award for best comprehensive plan in Iowa to the Keokuk Comprehensive Plan.

    In April 2016, the City of Keokuk decided that it needed to update its Comprehensive Plan. The last Comprehensive Plan was done in 1999. A ‘Vision Plan’ was developed in 2007 which is not an official City-approved...
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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Lee County EDG Announces Lee County 2023 - Forward Together
    Lee County, Iowa – September 18, 2018: The Lee County Economic Development Group established a capital campaign goal of $1,300,000 - $1,600,000 covering the next five years, to implement an aggressive public/private economic development initiative in Lee County.  Lee County EDG officially introduced its five-year strategic plan and campaign during the much-anticipated public kick-off...
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Dennis Fraise Appointed to Governor's Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force
    Connecting Rural Iowa
    Lee County, IA, August 16, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced members on the three Governor's Empower Rural Iowa Initiative task forces on Thursday. Including Lee County EDG's COO Dennis Fraise to the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force.

    Iowans had two weeks to apply, and in that time, the Governor's Office received nearly 180 applications.

    "I'm e...
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  • Monday, July 23, 2018
    Roquette Celebrates 40 Years
    Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients,  celebrates the 40th anniversary of its presence in the United States. Since 1978, the Group has expanded its footprint in the country through the establishment of three sites,  complemented with a presence in Mexico, Brazil and Canada to serve its American clients  in the Food, Nutrition and Health sectors.

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  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    Scotts Miracle Grow adds jobs and expands in Lee County
    Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded Scotts Miracle Gro in Lee County $91,612 in direct financial assistance and tax benefits for their $2.6 million capital investment and the addition of 41 new jobs. Below is a statement from IEDA.
    Fort Madison manufacturer receives assistance for expansion project
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Governor Talks Industry Needs in Lee County
    Business Partnering with Education
    Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited Lee County Friday to see what Lee County industries are doing to connect business and education. They toured Pinnacle Foods during their visit and were able to talk with the company about their involvement in building a pipeline of future workers.

    With over 500 current employees, Pinnacle's Lee County facility produces...
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  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Bridges Out of Poverty Brings County Together
    A $10,000 donation from Fort Madison Economic Development and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation has jump-started the fundraising efforts for Bridges out of Poverty-Lee County. 
    The initiative seeks to provide education, build resources, and remove barriers to success for individuals and families living in generational poverty.

    "28 % of children in Southeast...
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  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Frank Millard Co. Invests $2.6 Million
    Bringing Innovative Technology to SE Iowa
    Frank Millard & Co. Inc. is bringing innovative technology to SE Iowa. Millard’s recently partnered with Mitton Valve Technologies for a new water cleaning technology. The technology can be used to clean dirty lakes, fracking –contaminated water and water polluted by livestock waste and can process up to 5,300 gallons of water a minute. The project includes plans to expand Milla...
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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    Iowa Fertilizer Co. Receives Safety Award
    Lee County, IA, March 14, 2018- Iowa Fertilizer Company, Wever, was named the winner of the Exida Safety Award, recognizing the company's comitment to safety. As a valued partner of Iowa Fertilizer Company, we wanted to share with you that the company was named the winner of the Exida Safety Award.

    Exida Vice President for Global Business Development Steve Gandy commented, &q...
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  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    U.S. News & World Report: Iowa is #1 state in the country
    Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on CBS This Morning on Tuesday to make the announcement about the 2018 Best States ranking.

    “Our Best States ranking is a humbling tribute to our people who have proven time and again that in Iowa, if you’re willing to work hard, you can accompli...
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  • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    Fraise Earns Economic Development Designation
    Lee County EDG would like to congratulate Dennis Fraise on expanding his economic development knowledge to further Southeast Iowa.

    Lee County EDG Cheif Operating Officer Dennis Fraise has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to person...
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  • Monday, December 25, 2017
    Lee County Builds Future Workforce
    Employability Class Connects Industry
    As part of Lee County EDG’s efforts to build a future workforce for industry to grow and expand in Lee County, Lee County EDG has developed a high school employability class called 12 Plus. This class was designed by Lee County employers and educators to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing.

    “Lee County EDG has listened to our manuf...
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  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    Iowa DOT Talks with Lee County Industries
    Iowa DOT Office Director Craig Markley visited with Lee County industries to discuss the future of Iowa’s freight initiatives and Freight Optimization Model. Markley reviewed how having a safe, efficient, and reliable freight transportation network is essential for the future economic health of the state.

    Freight Optimization can help the state identify and solve freight bo...
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Lee County EDG Receives International Award
    Grow Lee Brings Home Gold
    Lee County, IA, September 20, 2017– The Lee County Economic Development Group won a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for Grow Lee, a project in the category of Human Capital of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

    The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 - 20...
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  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Cryotech Focuses on Environment for 25th Anniversary
    Throughout 2017, Cryotech has been celebrating a quarter century in business with ‘Quarters of Giving’ campaign. Each quarter has been focused on a different theme - Community, Monetary, Environment, and People. April marked the beginning of Cryotech’s Environmental quarter.

    During this time, Cryotech employees focused on the environment by participating in a va...
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  • Friday, June 02, 2017
    Grow Lee Lego Robotics Program Going Strong
    Developing Skills at a Early Age
    Lee County EDG launched it’s first Lego Robotics program in February 2015 with locations at Lee County’s libraries including Donnellson, West Point, Fort Madison and Keokuk. The initial summer program reached 65 students and had 8 Lee County companies participating as volunteers. Since the initial launch, the program has now reached over 385 Lee County students.

    For t...
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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    Lee County EDG Receives State BRE Award
    2nd Consecutive Year
    The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on May 4th.  Lee County EDG received the award for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Overall Program for 2017 for their Grow Lee 2.0 program.

    The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of local and regional eco...
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  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Iowa Fertilizer Company Announces Official Start of Prodcution
    Branstad and Reynolds Help Celebrate Historic Opening and $3M investment in Lee County
    Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) and its parent company, OCI N.V. (Euronext: OCI), announced the official start of production at its plant in Wever in southeast Iowa.  Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and others joined OCI in an event to inaugurate one of the largest private sector construction projects in Iowa’s history and the first worl...
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  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Lee County EDG Breaks World Record
    Lee County EDG announces Lee County is in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most people planting flower bulbs simultaneously” with 1,463 people planting about 8,000 flower bulbs in 28 minutes. Lee County broke the standing 850 people record held by a group from the United Kingdom on October 18, 2016, however received final confirmation from Guinness this week.

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Siemens Celebrates Multiple Milestones
    It’s been busy month and a time for celebration in the Siemens Fort Madison blade facility. On March 23, employees gathered throughout the day to mark their 15,000th blade milestone, celebrate ten years of production at the facility and the recent production startup of the 59 meter blade. This is the fifth blade type produced in the Fort Madison.

    A celebratory meal of barbe...
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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    8th Grade Students Explore Southeast Iowa Careers
    Career Exploration Day takes over Community College
    Over 360 students from Fort Madison, Keokuk, Central Lee, Holy Trinity and Keokuk Christian attended the 8th Grade Career Exploration Day hosted by Lee County EDG, the Burlington Partnership and Southeastern Community College today.

    The students were divided into groups and were able to explore 6 different career paths in the Arts & Communications, Business & Marketing, C...
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Cryotech Deicing Technology Achieves Milestones
    Increasing Safety and Environmental Protection
    Located in Lee County, Cryotech Deicing Technology, is a world leader in aircraft, runway and commercial deicing technology. Cryotech manufacturers and markets environmentally friendly, low corrosion acetate based commercial and runway deicers.

    In addition to commercial and runway applications, Cryotech is a major supplier of glycol based aircraft deicing fluids. If you have ever...
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  • Friday, February 10, 2017
    DuPont Celebrates 80 Years in Lee County
    The Fort Madison DuPont plant is celebrating 80 years of being in Lee County and has evolved with the market multiple times. One thing that remains constant is their commitment to safety, celebrating 3 years of no recordable safety incidences in September, quality, the environment, the community and their employees.

    The Fort Madison DuPont plant is the manufacturing hub of the Di...
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  • Friday, December 30, 2016
    Lee County Recognized for Renewable Energy Investment
    2016 Best Development Awards
    Five independent jurors from across the state selected projects that implement the efficient use of resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life. Two of the nine winners for 2016 are in Lee County. Steffenmeier Welding & Manfuacturing won in the Renewable Energy category for their instilation of their 1,428 (300 watt) solar panels and Todd Schneider in th...
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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
    Keokuk Health Systems and UnityPoint Health Announce Formal Affiliation
    Keokuk Health Systems (KHS) and UnityPoint Health announced today, Dec. 15, that they have finalized an affiliation agreement between the organizations. Leaders from both organizations, Quincy Medical Group along with Governor Terry Branstad toured part of Keokuk Area Hospital before making the official announcement to hospital staff and board, government leaders and community members. Governor...
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  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    Local Economic Development Groups Working Together
    Southeast Iowa Participates in Competitive Conference
    Economic Development leaders from Southeast Iowa traveled to Chicago this week to participate in the Mid America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum hosted by the Mid America Economic Development Council (MAEDC). Representatives from Lee, Des Moines, and Henry Counties as well as Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) participated in the conference as part of the Re...
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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    First Employee Ready Class Graduates
    Developing Skills in High School
    After Lee County EDG’s first Manufacturing 101 class graduated, we were asked what’s next? Next was going to the high school level and reaching students before they graduate, with 12 Plus, allowing them to see career opportunities in the area and what it takes not only to get a quality job but keep it as well.

    Topics included safety in the workplace, basic mechanical ...
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  • Friday, October 07, 2016
    National Manufacturing Day Comes to Lee County
    Lee County EDG hosted National Manufacturing Day where high school students had the opportunity to tour five Lee County manufacturers to gain an understanding of the careers available in Lee County. It is a chance for students to see the diverse career options that are innovative, impactful and durable.
    Lee County students spent the day touring Axalta Coatings, DuPont, Pinnacle Foods, Si...
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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    Fort Madison Hospital Named Top Workplace
    Fort Madison Community Hospital has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by the Des Moines Register. This is the fifth straight year that FMCH has received this recognition. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvemen...
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    New 12 Plus course takes students through hiring process
    12 Plus students learn "Putting Yourself on Paper"
    Southeastern Community College Iowa Works instructor Courtney Wehrle, hands out materials for “Putting Yourself on Paper” to 18 students Monday in the 12 Plus course at Fort Madison High School.  The activity focused on the importance of proper résumés.
    What was offered to adults last year is being offered to Fort Madison High School students this year.

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  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016
    Lee County EDG Announces Grow Lee with Lt. Gov. Reynolds
    Lee County, IA, August 9, 2016 –  Lee County EDG announced today they will be expanding their Grow Lee program. Grow Lee has been a collaborative effort, spearheaded and facilitated by Lee County EDG featuring 10 specific workforce initiatives. The goal of the program is to ensure an adequate workforce that is trained and motivated to meet the current and future needs of Lee County e...
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  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    Donnellson Receives Governor’s Excellence Award
    Water Quality Initiatives Get Recognized by State
    Donnellson has a population of just over 900 residence and is up for the award because of their recent water quality initiatives.

    Melanie Carlson project manager at French-Reneker, an engineering firm in Fairfield, says that the firm worked with the city to undertake and complete several water quality projects within the small Lee County community.

    Carlson says the...
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  • Friday, July 22, 2016
    Mills Group Brings Jobs to Keokuk
    Keokuk Mills to reopen steel casting foundry
    Keokuk Mills, LLC, is a company recently formed to reopen the Keokuk Steel Manufacturing Company, which was closed in March 2016 by its parent company. The new organization proposes to restart operations of the steel casting foundry that produces castings for manufacturers in the agricultural, construction and utility industries.

    The project has a capital investment of $4.5 ...
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  • Monday, May 09, 2016
    Economic Development Groups Sign Agreement
    Paving the way for higher level of collaboration
    The economic development leaders from Keokuk Economic Development Corporation, Fort Madison Economic Development Corporation, Lee County Economic Development Group, Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission and Grow Greater Burlington, the economic development division of the Greater Burlington Partnership, gathered today at the Southeast Iowa Region Planning Commission to sign a Reciprocal Ma...
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  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Lee County EDG Receives State Award
    Business Retention and Expansion Efforts Recognized
     Lee County, IA, April 28, 2016– The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on April 28.  Lee County EDG received the award for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Overall Program for 2016. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of local and regional econ...
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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    First Manufacturing 101 Class Graduates
    Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, sponsored the first Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing. This initial class graduates five students this week who have completed this four-month course, an additional student had to drop the class due to one of our manufacturing partners offering her a full-time job befor...
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  • Sunday, November 01, 2015
    Lee County EDG Hosts Salute to Industry
    Manufacturing Matters
    Lee County EDG hosted over 100 people at their 3rd Annual Salute to Industry Wednesday, October 28th at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Fort Madison. The evening focused on the importance of manufacturing in Lee County including a presentation with Lee County industry trivia questions and door prizes from local industries.  

    With the theme Manufacturing Matters, Lee Cou...
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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, is sponsoring Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing.

    Lee County EDG has listened to our manufacturing partners regarding the skills they need in entry level applicants. We tailored this program to meet those needs of our manufacturers. As a result, many commu...
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  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015
    Henniges Automotive Celebrating 100 years in Manufacturing
    September 9, 2015 - It all began on August 24, 1915 when Emil G. Lindstrand, a Keokuk contractor, was awarded the contract to build the new Standard Four Tire Company that would produce tires for the Ford Model T. In 1931, the plant was idle for a while when the company went bankrupt until reorganization occurred.

    Dryden Rubber Company bought the plant in 1937 and chemically blow...
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  • Friday, August 14, 2015
    SCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Industrial Tech Building in Keokuk
    Southeastern Community College received more than $1 Million from the US Economic Development Admini
    Funds totaling $1,000,308, will be used for construction on a new industrial maintenance technology facility on their Keokuk campus.  
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  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Foam Fabricators Expanding
    Foam Fabricators is beginning a 30,000 sp. ft. expansion at their Fort Madison facility. The expansion is primarily in warehousing space to better serve their customers. Foam Fabricators Vice President Mark Sabolcik stated, “We are currently undergoing a significant plant expansion in Fort Madison due to the continued business growth that we are experiencing in our overall customer base.&...
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  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
    Grow Lee Lego Robotics a Hit
    February 5, 2015 - Learning looked like playing Tuesday evening during the WeDo Lego Robotics program kick-off in the Keokuk Public Library Round Room.
    The first of 12 monthly sessions – part of Lee County Economic Development Group’s Grow Lee initiative – was a hit, according to LCEDG Marketing and Communications Manager Dana Klesner.

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Fertilizer Plan set to open late 2015
    January 30, 2015 - A $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa is scheduled to start production later this year. Iowa Fertilizer Co., which is constructing the plant, said the plant is on track for mechanical completion by August in a project update released this week. Operations are expected to start during the last three months of the year.

    Construction is about 70 p...
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  • Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    Cimatron Donates $1.7 Million Software to Southeastern Community College for Advanced CAD/CAM Training
    December 1, 2014 - Donation will help students gain sought-after skills to fill the growing need for highly trained manufacturing workers.

    Cimatron, a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for toolmaking and manufacturing, is donating software valued over $1.7 million to Southeastern Community College (SCC) in Iowa.

    The CimatronE software-a CAD/...
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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    IEDA Announces Support for VAMA Inc. in Keokuk
    November 21, 2014 - VAMA Inc. received an award of $200,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board of Directors under the Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit Program.

    VAMA is a new biotech company conceived and operated by the company's chief scientist Krishna Prasad Sudhir Nair. VAMA will be leasing a building from KSB Bank in Kindustry Park, in Keokuk.&n...
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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Lee County EDG Announces Grow Lee
    November 18, 2014 - At Lee County EDG's 4th and final Talent for Today & Tomorrow Breakfast Series event, we announced 2015 will be the year of action.

    After listening to stakeholders' concerns, compiling industries', educators', and stakeholders' suggestions we have developed an overarching program that will help move Lee County forward. This pro...
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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair
    October 22, 1014 - The Connecting Business and Education Committee hosted their first Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair Wednesday, October 22nd at Southeastern Community College’s West Burlington Campus. The committee, comprised of members from Lee County EDG, Greater Burlington Partnership, Mt. Pleasant Chamber Alliance, Great Prairie Area Education Agency, Iowa Workforce, and Southeast...
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  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Lee County EDG Hosts Salute to Industry
    Sept. 15, 2014 - Over 150 industry and community leaders attended the 2nd Annual Salute to Industry Summit on Monday evening. Keynote speaker Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, said as it stands now, Iowa is working. “I want the people to know that we have a plan in place in Iowa,” Durham said. “It is comprehensive. It deals with the infrastructure. It deals w...
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  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Lee County EDG Announces "Lee County 2018" Campaign
    A 5-year Strategic Plan to Grow Lee County
    Lee County EDG officially introduced its 5-year strategic plan and campaign during the much-anticipated public kick-off event today over breakfast.

    The Lee County EDG established a capital campaign goal of $1,100,000 covering the next five years, to implement an aggressive public/private economic development initiative in Lee County. Campaign Co-Chairs Joe Steil and Jamie Baier a...
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  • Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Talent for Today & Tomorrow
    The recent Employer Workforce Survey conducted by LeeCountyEDG provides valuable insight into workforce challenges facing Lee County businesses and industries as they seek to fill job openings created by expansion of their operations and/or the retirement of many of their long-term skilled employees.

    The increasing number of highly skilled baby boomers nearing or reaching retirem...
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