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Lee County, Iowa

Located in the heart of America in the southeastern portion of Iowa, Lee County not only embodies Midwestern charm, but is home to a multitude of Fortune 500 and international companies that are continuously growing. Located along the Mississippi River and centered between Interstates 80, 35, 55 and 70.

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Manufacturing Jobs

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Students Participate in Grow Lee Programs

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of Lee County Schools participate in STEM Scale-Ups

Grow Lee

A Workforce/Business Retention and Expansion project focused on growing and increasing the quality of Lee County’s workforce

Grow Lee is a collaborative effort spearheaded and facilitated by Lee County EDG

Goal:  Ensure an adequate workforce that meets the current and future needs of our employers.

One-on-one Synchronist interviews were conducted with industries representing Lee County’s top 20 employers. These companies represent over 4,000 workers, or 94% of manufacturing employees in Lee County.  Data from the Synchronist interviews determined workforce to be the No. 1 Business Retention and Expansion issue facing Lee County industries.  

Lee County EDG has hosted 15 Talent for Today and Tomorrow over four years to solicit input from our investors and Lee County stakeholders. Information from these meetings, combined with data collected from our Synchronist interviews, to form a program of action called Grow Lee.

Initially, Grow Lee consisted of 10 workforce initiatives however through collaboration it has expanded beyond the original programs. The initiative was designed to develop a pipeline of workers for current and future careers. The programs included a Lego Robotics program for elementary school students, to an employabiltiy class for high school students called 12 Plus, and up-training our existing workforce through stackable certificates utilizing our community college's new Industrial Technology Center.   

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Cryotech Develops New Deicer

Lee County, Iowa industries produce a variety of products that are used locally and throughout the world. Cryotech Deicing Technology is an example of one of these industries that recently produced new anti-icing fluid for aircraft, runway, and commercial deicing. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Iron-worker Apprenticeship Competition Brings Crowd

The Ironworkers Local 577 in Lee County, Iowa hosted about 90 people in Lee County for the District Apprenticeship Competition on June 6th. Ironworkers apprentices from 7 states came to Keokuk to compete in welding, cutting, rigging, rod tying, architectural ornamental, layout instruments and the column climb as well as a written test.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Regional Job Fair Connects Candidates with Local Careers

The Southeast Iowa Regional Job was held at the National Guard Armory in Middletown on May 30th with 37 different employers throughout the region.
 
Lee County companies included Roquette America, Silgan Containers, Scotts Miracle Gro, Gregory Manufacturing, Stuke Plastics, Bagcraft, Conagra, Huffman Welding and Machine, Independent Can and Siemens Gamasa. 
 
This was an opportunity for over 200 local job seekers to talk one-on-one with companies looking to hire. 
 
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Lee County EDG Receives Best in State Award for Grow Lee Programs

Unprecedented collaboration resulted in Lee County EDG being recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds for supporting growth and expansion of existing Lee County, Iowa companies. 
 
This is the third Best in State award Grow Lee has received from the Professional Developers of Iowa in the past four years.
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