Thursday News, October 29
Sioux County Given "Home Base" Designation Status
(Orange City) -- Governor Terry Branstad was in Orange City early Wednesday morning to designate Sioux County as a "Home Base" County. Branstad says the designation means a county will help veterans find suitable employment opportunities.
Branstad says already 1500 veterans have benefitted from the "Home Base" program. He says there are 24 designations throughout Iowa, with most being counties. He says there are a few cities that also have the designation, and are now considered as "Home Base" communities with O'Brien, Lyon, and Sioux being the latest counties added to the list. Branstad says there are at least a dozen other counties and cities in the middle of the application process. Branstad offers an explanation regarding the specific ways veterans can get job assistance.
Northwest Iowa "Golden Triangle" Offers Economic Development Opportunities
(Orange City) -- Northwest Iowa communities of Le Mars, Orange City, and Sioux Center are sometimes referred to as the "Golden Triangle" of northwest Iowa offering low unemployment, and many economic opportunities for businesses and industries, and is also surrounded by exceptional agricultural production. The area has seen much growth with economic development. During his visit to northwest Iowa on Wednesday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad commented on this region's economic development growth.
Premier Communications Celebrates $100 Million Investment
(Sioux Center) -- Premier Communications, the Sioux Center based cable-internet-and phone company celebrated Wednesday its recent investment of $100 million over a span of ten years upgrading the broadband internet capabilities for northwest Iowa.
Governor Branstad was a guest at yesterday's ceremonies. The Iowa Governor was able to push his ideas through the state legislature of expanding broadband internet to rural areas through his "Connect Every Acre" program. The governor says Premier Communications is doing just that.
Branstad says expanded broadband internet will boost economic development. Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff echoed the governor's sentiments. Kirchoff was one of three featured speakers during Wednesday's announcement.
Kirchoff says the expansion of communications technology exhibited by Premier Communications in Le Mars has given existing businesses and industries the opportunity to grow. The Le Mars mayor informed the gathering that many times prospective businesses and industries inquire about the community's communications technology capabilities.
Kirchoff says Premier Communications have played an instrumental part of the expansion project of the Floyd Valley Hospital.
The Premier Communications event attracted area school officials, hospital executives, and business and civic leaders.
Harnack Joins Floyd Valley Hospital
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin announced that Amy Harnack has begun her new position of Foundation Manager this week. Harnack will assist with all donations to Floyd Valley Hospital including planned giving and estate planning in addition to fundraising events.
Amy brings excellent people and organizational skills to Floyd Valley Hospital. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Westmar University. She has worked as a Development Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland and most recently was at Good Samaritan Society – Le Mars as their Marketing Development Director.
Harnack grew up in the Remsen area and she and her husband, Dave, reside in Le Mars. Harnack has served on a number of local boards and organizations including the Le Mars United Way Board, Alzheimer’s Wine and Chocolate Committee, Chamber Ambassador and is currently serving as president of the Le Mars Rotary.
USDA Approves Funding Ethanol Fuel Pumps
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $100 million to help install nearly 5,000 additional ethanol fuel pumps in 21 states.
The agency said Wednesday that matching grants bring the total public-private investment to $210 million to increase the availability of the corn-based fuel.
The USDA says a typical gas pump delivers 10 percent ethanol, but the grants will help install pumps that offer higher blends of ethanol for more recently made vehicles.
The largest grants are going to Texas, $17 million for 763 pumps, and Florida, nearly $16 million for 892 pumps.
Iowa, the nation's top corn-producing state, will see $5 million for 187 pumps, and Nebraska will get $2.3 million for 80 new pumps.