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MEDCO Announces Community Promise Pursuit Grants and 2019 Innovator of the Year

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Marion, IA - The Marion Economic Development Corporation hosted its 34Lh Annual Business Luncheon earlier today at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. More than 500 business professionals attended the event. During the luncheon, a major announcement was made regarding new academic grants available to support local career pursuit.

Community Promise is MEDCO's workforce retention program focused on connecting local students with community careers. Through the newly created Marion Community Promise Foundation, eligible students can now access Pursuit Grants for up to $4,000. These dollars are available once students identify a local business partner and are ready to begin specific training for a job with that company. The grants are designed to support local business partners seeking to equip their next generation of talent as well as students who the community seeks to retain after high school. Full program details can be found at

"Our community promise is to be a national leader in creating an insulated talent pipeline that is a competitive advantage for our community," remarked MEDCO President Nick Glew during today's luncheon. "This means investing in the youth who are here with us today in order to ensure they connect with local business and pursue careers here at home."

Full Pursuit Grant details can be found on

Also at today's luncheon the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award was presented to Hupp Electric Motors and Marion High School. This annual recognition is sponsored by the Corridor Business Journal to recognize a company or organization that demonstrates innovative leadership and partnerships within the business community. Marion High School now offers students two courses to equip them with skills needed by high demand jobs, such as Health Services Provider and Welding. Marion High School was specifically recognized for their partnership with Hupp Electric Motors. The school partnered with this company by utilizing a Hupp employee as an eight-week class instructor to deliver an Introduction to Welding certificate. The program is also supported by Kirkwood Community College.

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