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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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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lee County EDG Wins Gold for Website Development

The Lee County Economic Development Group won a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for Lee County EDG Website Development in the 25,000 – 200,000 population category, from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Fraise Named as "Top 50 Economic Developers" by Consultant Connect

Lee County EDG's President and CEO named as one of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers for 2019 by Consultant Connect. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lee County Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit Shares Best Practices

Employers, educators and service providers gathered at Cryotech Deicing Technology in Fort Madison to discuss what they are doing to be proactive in the national workforce shortage.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Southeastern Community College Updates new Health and Science Labs

Southeastern Community College held an open house for their new Health and Science labs on their Keokuk Campus Monday, September 9th..  

The $800,000 makeover of Emeritus Hall and Bowles Hall includes updated science labs and patient simulation lab, and new classroom amenities. Attendees will also notice that Bowles Hall got a facelift of sorts. A service entrance was replaced with green space and parts of the exterior now feature a red metal cladding with a prominent SCC.

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