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Dennis Fraise Appointed to Governor's Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force

Published Thursday, August 16, 2018
Connecting Rural Iowa Lee County, IA, August 16, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced members on the three Governor's Empower Rural Iowa Initiative task forces on Thursday. Including Lee County EDG's COO Dennis Fraise to the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force. Iowans had two weeks to apply, and in that time, the Governor's Office received nearly 180... more»

Roquette Celebrates 40 Years

Published Monday, July 23, 2018
Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients, celebrates the 40th anniversary of its presence in the United States. Since 1978, the Group has expanded its footprint in the country through the establishment of three sites, complemented with a presence in Mexico, Brazil and Canada to serve its American clients in the Food, Nutrition and Health... more»

Scotts Miracle Grow adds jobs and expands in Lee County

Published Friday, May 18, 2018
Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded Scotts Miracle Gro in Lee County $91,612 in direct financial assistance and tax benefits for their $2.6 million capital investment and the addition of 41 new jobs. Below is a statement from IEDA. Fort Madison manufacturer receives assistance for expansion project Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company (SMG)... more»

Governor Talks Industry Needs in Lee County

Published Monday, April 16, 2018
Business Partnering with Education Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited Lee County Friday to see what Lee County industries are doing to connect business and education. They toured Pinnacle Foods during their visit and were able to talk with the company about their involvement in building a pipeline of future workers. With over 500... more»

Bridges Out of Poverty Brings County Together

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
A $10,000 donation from Fort Madison Economic Development and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation has jump-started the fundraising efforts for Bridges out of Poverty-Lee County. The initiative seeks to provide education, build resources, and remove barriers to success for individuals and families living in generational poverty. "28 % of children in... more»

Frank Millard Co. Invests $2.6 Million

Published Friday, March 23, 2018
Bringing Innovative Technology to SE Iowa Frank Millard & Co. Inc. is bringing innovative technology to SE Iowa. Millard’s recently partnered with Mitton Valve Technologies for a new water cleaning technology. The technology can be used to clean dirty lakes, fracking –contaminated water and water polluted by livestock waste and can process... more»

Iowa Fertilizer Co. Receives Safety Award

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Lee County, IA, March 14, 2018- Iowa Fertilizer Company, Wever, was named the winner of the Exida Safety Award, recognizing the company's comitment to safety. As a valued partner of Iowa Fertilizer Company, we wanted to share with you that the company was named the winner of the Exida Safety Award. Exida Vice President for Global Business Development Steve... more»

U.S. News & World Report: Iowa is #1 state in the country

Published Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on CBS This Morning on Tuesday to make the announcement about the 2018 Best States ranking. “Our Best States ranking is a humbling tribute to our people who have proven time and again that in Iowa, if you’re willing to... more»
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