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.


Grow Lee Impact

Over 4,000 students participated in Grow Lee and STEM Programming during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Over 400 Lee County students explored local careers in 2018. 

558 Lee County students participated in the Grow Lee Lego Robotics Program.  

Graduation of three classes of our 12 Plus high school employability class, partnering with over 37 businesses and completing 80 hours of training. 

100% of Lee County school buildings participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scale-up program in the past 5 years. This is in addition to Fort Madison High School and Keokuk High School receiving $25,000 each for the STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) program. Learn more about STEM Scale-ups here. 


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