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Lee County EDG Annual Meeting

   Thursday, August 22nd from 11:00 - 12:30

   Meyers Courtyard, Keokuk

   With keynote speaker Governor Kim Reynolds. 

   Get an update on Lee County EDG's progress, plus hear from the governor about the state's initiatives and how they affect Lee County. 

 Register to attend here

 


Lee County Bridges Out of Poverty Class

Anyone wanting to register for classes or to volunteer may email Shayla Blackburn at sblackburn@younghouse.org, or call 319-371-7465. We will need: name, phone number, and email or physical address.

Class participants are chosen via an interview and class size is limited.

 


  

Electrical Endorsement and Mechanical Endorsement Tracks Available 


 

Students interested in registering should talk to their school councilor! Class starts August 26th

Are you a community leader or business wanting to be involved? Click here or contact Dana Millard at dmillard@leecountyedg.com



Cryotech Develops New Deicer

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

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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Iron-worker Apprenticeship Competition Brings Crowd

Published Thursday, June 6, 2019
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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Regional Job Fair Connects Candidates with Local Careers

Published Thursday, May 30, 2019
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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Lee County EDG Receives Best in State Award for Grow Lee Programs

Published Friday, May 10, 2019
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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Lee County Schools Leading the Way in STEM Education

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at the Future Ready Iowa Conference in Des Moines the six schools selected to each receive $50,000 grants through the Computer Science is Elementary project, including Richardson Elementary in Fort Madison. 

 The school district stated, "FMCSD recognizes the importance of providing our students with STEM Education as it is becoming increasingly relevant to workplace readiness." Pictured is Rachella Dravis, Technology instructor, Kim Harmon Director of curriculum & student services, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Adrian McKay Richardson Elementary Principal. "We are excited to further our engagement in work-based learning and providing opportunities for students."

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Climax Donates Equipment to Local Schools

Published Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lee County schools had the opportunity to get new equipment to prepare their students for future careers thanks to Climax Molybdenum. 

Central Lee Ag Instructor Tom Boeck stated, “We’re grateful that they thought of us and it will make a big impact on the students.” All three Lee County public schools were invited to look at the equipment Climax was hoping to donate and choose what would best fit their programs.

“We are pleased to support our local schools and provide equipment that helps prepare students for the 21st century workplace,” said Javier Guevara, General Manager-Fort Madison. Central Lee received the CAT Track loader and John Deere 970 tractor pictured above along with other smaller equipment while Keokuk Community Schools received a portable welder.

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Over 1,000 SE Iowa Students Explore Local Careers

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Students from across the region attended the SE Iowa's Career Exploration Day. Lee County EDG partnered with the Greater Burlington Partnership and Southeastern Community College to have 1,032 fifth and eighth grade students, 160 of them from Lee County, explore 6 career paths.

 

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SE Iowa Heads to the Capital

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Community and business leaders, economic development groups, elected officials and students from Southeast Iowa visited the capital to talk to legislators about the priorities for the region.
 
Over 100 individuals, including 26 students from 13 high schools, discussed state issues with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, heard an update from the Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe and furthered the conversation with Debi Durham regarding workforce, the expansions of current industry and the attraction of new businesses to SE Iowa.
 
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