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

Published Monday, September 16, 2019

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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Lee County Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit Shares Best Practices

Published Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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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Southeastern Community College Updates new Health and Science Labs

Published Monday, September 9, 2019

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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New Fiscal Year Comes with Changes to Lee County EDG Board

Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New board members have been added and a new executive board has been elected. 

"We have assembled a dynamic board of directors and a great team to lead Lee County EDG into the future. Both Dennis and Dana have been with our organization for six years and we've updated their titles to reflect their value and responsibilities they have within the organization" said Lee County EDG Chairman Jamie Baier.

 Dennis Fraise has been named President and CEO and Dana Millard has been named Economic Development Project Director.

"I'm excited to be part of the team that will be leading economic development efforts in Lee County, stated Fraise. "Working together, we can accomplish great things and ensure a bright future for our young people and Lee County."


Lee County EDG will host an annual update on Thursday, August 22nd at Meyers Courtyard in Keokuk with Keynote speaker Governor Kim Reynolds.

 Visit Lee County EDG’s website, for additional information on Lee County EDG’s progress and results.

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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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