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Fraise Earns Economic Development Designation

Published Thursday, February 1, 2018
Lee County EDG would like to congratulate Dennis Fraise on expanding his economic development knowledge to further Southeast Iowa. Lee County EDG Cheif Operating Officer Dennis Fraise has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment... more»

Lee County Builds Future Workforce

Published Monday, December 25, 2017
Employability Class Connects Industry As part of Lee County EDG’s efforts to build a future workforce for industry to grow and expand in Lee County, Lee County EDG has developed a high school employability class called 12 Plus. This class was designed by Lee County employers and educators to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in... more»

Iowa DOT Talks with Lee County Industries

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Iowa DOT Office Director Craig Markley visited with Lee County industries to discuss the future of Iowa’s freight initiatives and Freight Optimization Model. Markley reviewed how having a safe, efficient, and reliable freight transportation network is essential for the future economic health of the state. Freight Optimization can help the state... more»

Lee County EDG Receives International Award

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Grow Lee Brings Home Gold Lee County, IA, September 20, 2017– The Lee County Economic Development Group won a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for Grow Lee, a project in the category of Human Capital of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the... more»

Cryotech Focuses on Environment for 25th Anniversary

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Throughout 2017, Cryotech has been celebrating a quarter century in business with ‘Quarters of Giving’ campaign. Each quarter has been focused on a different theme - Community, Monetary, Environment, and People. April marked the beginning of Cryotech’s Environmental quarter. During this time, Cryotech employees focused on the environment... more»

Grow Lee Lego Robotics Program Going Strong

Published Friday, June 2, 2017
Developing Skills at a Early Age Lee County EDG launched it’s first Lego Robotics program in February 2015 with locations at Lee County’s libraries including Donnellson, West Point, Fort Madison and Keokuk. The initial summer program reached 65 students and had 8 Lee County companies participating as volunteers. Since the initial launch, the... more»

Lee County EDG Receives State BRE Award

Published Thursday, May 4, 2017
2nd Consecutive Year The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on May 4th. Lee County EDG received the award for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Overall Program for 2017 for their Grow Lee 2.0 program. The award recognizes the... more»

Iowa Fertilizer Company Announces Official Start of Prodcution

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Branstad and Reynolds Help Celebrate Historic Opening and $3M investment in Lee County Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) and its parent company, OCI N.V. (Euronext: OCI), announced the official start of production at its plant in Wever in southeast Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and others joined OCI in... more»
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