Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.0 Percent

According to the Iowa Workforce Development Department, Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0% in March from 4.1% in February.  That is compared with the national average of 5.5% in March.  A year ago, the unemployment rate was at 4.4%. “Nonfarm employment increased for the sixth-consecutive month in March, adding 3,300 jobs,” said Beth Townsend, director […]

Google To Invest $1 Billion Into Council Bluffs Data Center-Seeks Tax Incentives

Board Approves Tax Subsidies Of 19.8 Million Last week, Google announced that it was planning to make an additional $1 billion investment into it’s Council Bluffs data center bringing it’s total investment to $2.5 billion by 2019. Controversy over the investment came when KCCI reported that Google was asking the State of Iowa for 19.8 million […]

$21.8 Million Awarded To Iowa Communities For Infrastructure

$21.8 million awarded to Iowa communities for infrastructure and housing development projects Today, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced it was awarding $21.8 million for 57 communities across the state. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 58 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, […]

Bird Flu Discovered In Osceola County

5.3 Million Birds To Be Euthanized On Monday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of the H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) at a facility located in Osceola County which holds 5.3 million hens and is the second confirmed case in the state of Iowa. According […]

iWireless to Launch LTE Network in Iowa

iWireless, headquartered in Urbandale, has announced that it is investing more than $35 million to enhance its wireless network in Iowa. In addition to launching LTE, iWireless also has plans to improve their 2G and 3G/4G networks in Iowa. iWireless selected Nokia Networks for this two-year network enhancement project. According to iWireless, customers will receive advanced communication services […]

Grinnell Mutual Raising Money To Build WWII Memorial

According to a press release from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, their members of the second Emerging Leaders Program have raised over $20,000 to build a missing WWII monument at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshaltown.  Currently the Iowa Veterans Home has a memorial on its grounds for the Vietnam War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World […]

Microsoft Is Now Creating An Inclusive Workplace For People With Autism

Microsoft has announced that the company is creating a program to include people with autism in their workplace. This means a huge step for companies and inclusive space. Microsoft informed that the pilot program will start in May by hiring individuals with autism in full-time positions at the headquarters of Redmond, Washington. It is expected […]

IEDA Grants $20 million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has granted about $20 million in Workforce Housing tax credits, reaching the limit for FY15. IEDA made the announcement yesterday. The application for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program (WHTC) started on February 1, 2015. Developers building or rehabilitating housing in Iowa will benefit from the tax incentive program […]