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CHECK OUT IOWA APPLE ORCHARDS & PUMPKIN PATCHES

Date Posted: October 23rd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Fall in Iowa is a great time to get out and enjoy Iowa apples, pumpkins and other fall produce at the many farms that sell directly to consumers, as well as local farmers markets.   Lots of farms also host fall festivals with great family activities, such as hay rack rides, corn mazes and music, […]

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PROCLAMATION HELPS FARMERS HAUL HARVEST

Date Posted: October 22nd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

A Governor’s proclamation went into effect September 20 allowing overweight loads (up to 90,000 pounds gross weight) of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover on Iowa roads. The proclamation expires after 60 days and does not apply on interstate roads.   The proclamation helps farmers transport this year’s harvest without the need for special […]

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EXPANDING SKILLED WORKFORCE IS KEY TO GROWTH

Date Posted: October 22nd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers has been our biggest obstacle to economic growth. Investing in education and job training can change that.   Good education and worker training lead to better-paying, high-quality jobs, and a skilled, well-educated workforce in turn draws good businesses to Iowa.   While Iowa has the highest high school graduation rate […]

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BOOSTING IOWANS’ INCOME & EMPLOYMENT

Date Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

The Iowa economy is steadily moving in the right direction, and I’m working to ensure that continues. Iowans deserve good jobs and fair pay that rewards their hard work.   It’s also good news that we are making strides toward decreasing economic inequality. When median income outpaces economic growth, we know the gains are benefiting […]

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IOWA IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Date Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Senate Democrats are working to expand Iowa’s middle class and build a stable economy for all. We’re spurring long-range growth and prosperity across Iowa by: Ensuring Iowans have opportunities for job training Offering incentives to Iowa businesses Boosting quality of life in our communities   These efforts are producing good results. Iowa is again one […]

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: HOMES FOR HEROES

Date Posted: October 20th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

A program called “Homes for Heroes” helps preferred realtors give a portion of their commission to heroes, including firefighters, EMTs, police, veterans, teachers and more. Established after 9/11, Homes for Heroes offers savings to those who provide key services to our communities. Learn more about the program and how it helps local heroes save at www.homesforheroes.com. […]

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LOCAL ARCHITECT RECEIVES TOP IOWA HONOR

Date Posted: October 20th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Congratulations to Michael Broshar, who was awarded the 2016 Medal of Honor from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award celebrates outstanding leadership and distinguished service to the profession.   Broshar joins 14 fellow architects who have been given this honor since 1991. In addition, he is the first second-generation recipient […]

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CF FIREFIGHTERS HONORED OF VALOR

Date Posted: October 19th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

I recently attended the annual Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor Ceremony. It was an honor to be on hand to recognize my colleagues at Cedar Falls Fire Rescue for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of a mother and her two children. Congratulations to Captain Derek Brown and firefighters Shane Farmer, T.J. Taylor and […]

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UNI PEER MENTOR PROGRAM RECEIVES AWARD

Date Posted: October 19th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Congratulations to UNI on its Excellence & Innovation Award for its course-embedded mentor program for first-year students. The honor comes from the American Association of State Colleges & Universities. The program creates a supportive environment inside and outside the classroom by connecting incoming freshmen with faculty, other students, staff and support services. The program “involves […]

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APPLY FOR ARTS & CULTURE GRANTS

Date Posted: October 18th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Through November 1, artists, nonprofits, communities and schools can apply for two Iowa Arts Council grants:   Art Project Grants offer $1,000 to $10,000 to individual artists, nonprofits, schools, tribal councils and government agencies. The program invests in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in Iowa, demonstrate public value, and support job […]

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