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The CARES Act & Filing For Unemployment

Posted by: Nick Glew on Sunday, March 29, 2020
NOTICE: The CARES Act has been signed into law, but those additional unemployment benefits are not yet available and Iowa Workforce Development is awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. IWD is now accepting applications for CARES Act benefits, and those claims will be processed as soon as IWD receives additional guidance. For those

Federal Policy Update: Details on Stimulus Bill and Guidance on Business Tax Credits and Employee Leave

Posted by: Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance on Friday, March 27, 2020
Forgivable Loans Among New Benefits in New Federal Stimulus Bill The federal government is set to issue the largest stimulus package in history to help businesses, workers, families and communities during the coronavirus crisis, including historic relief for small businesses. Called the CARES Act, it includes a provision called the Paycheck Protection

Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loans (EIDLs) Now Available to Iowa Businesses

Posted by: on Saturday, March 21, 2020
Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loans (EIDLs) are now available to Iowa businesses. Today the State of Iowa officially received a disaster declaration through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small business owners in Iowa can now apply for a low-interest loan to help cover expenses due to the Coronavirus. Economic injury means the business is

Legacy Manufacturing Invests in New Coiling Machine and Adds Staff

Posted by: Emily Russ on Monday, March 2, 2020
Legacy Manufacturing continues to grow and push the envelope when it comes to innovation through their willingness to invest in new processes. This Marion company makes high-quality, long-lasting tools and equipment for professional and consumer use including industry leading Flexzilla® air and water hoses. Over the past few years as product

Internship Leads to Full Time Job at Thompson Truck & Trailer

Posted by: Emily Russ on Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Joseph DeLarm initially became interested in mechanics in high school where he was able to take a body shop class. DeLarm decided to continue learning about a career in mechanics by taking a Kirkwood Community College Automotive Technology Academy course while still in high school. The academy courses really allowed DeLarm to get a head start learning about

Marion Enterprise Network to Deliver Competitive Advantage to High Tech Industry

Posted by: on Thursday, February 20, 2020
Marion, IA – Marion Economic Development Corporation has joined forces with Involta, ImOn Communications, and the City of Marion to launch the Marion Enterprise Network. This exclusive communications network connects qualifying business investments in the Marion Enterprise Center directly to the Involta data center, one of the most competitive

Legislative Updates

Posted by: on Friday, February 14, 2020
The First Funnel deadline of the state legislative session is now one week away. By that date all policy bills (non-tax or spending bills) that fail to be approved by the policy committee to which they have been assigned will be dead for the year. The Legislature waits until the March meeting of the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) before starting to

High School Course Leads to Pursuit of Mechanical Engineering Degree

Posted by: Emily Russ on Thursday, January 30, 2020
Luke Carson pursued a career in CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology at Kirkwood Community College after taking a Project Lead The Way course in high school. “I used AutoCAD and other software in the class, I really enjoyed learning how to draw diagrams and prepare engineering drawings” said Carson “and I knew I wanted to pursue a