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IEDA Announces COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program

Posted by: Staci Hupp Ballard on Thursday, July 16, 2020
July 17, 2020 (DES MOINES) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced the launch of the new Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that faced significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the

Marion Native Finds Perfect Fit in Law Firm

Posted by: Alexa Ganzeveld on Friday, June 26, 2020
J.K. Robison has always been curious when it comes to legal matters and knew that she wanted to help others. While completing college, she spent her summers working in law firms as a clerk. She enjoyed working in the small firm environment and knew the field of law was the perfect fit for her. Robison is a 1979 graduate of Linn Mar High School and has been

Iowa Legislature Back in Session Wednesday

Posted by: on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Provided by PDI Lobbyist Craig Patterson It has been about two and a half months since the Legislature paused the session on Monday, March 16th, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislature will reconvene tomorrow, in a very different environment, navigating very different issues. Second Funnel Week When we paused, it was supposed to be the first day

ESCO Group Moves Forward with Summer Interns

Posted by: on Thursday, May 28, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in full force March of 2020, just as the team at ESCO Group was finalizing their summer intern candidates. “We always start the internship process each January by visiting colleges in Iowa and sharing this opportunity with students,” said Andrew Vaughn, Senior Recruiter for ESCO Group. The company

Linn County Public Health Releases Phased Reopening Guidance during Community Spread of COVID-19

Posted by: Kaitlin Emrich on Friday, May 15, 2020
Linn County Public Health recommends a phased reopening of business, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and other national organizations. This three-phased approach enables businesses to reopen, and events and gatherings to occur, while protecting the health and safety of employees, patrons, guests, and the general public. Guidance across

Marion’s Community Recovery Task Force Releases Reopening & Recovery Toolkit For Business

Posted by: on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
With Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds easing additional restrictions throughout the state effective May 15, Marion community leaders are providing area businesses with a toolkit to assist in a safe, thoughtful reopening. “While we continue to focus on keeping people safe, we must also plan ahead, understanding that COVID-19 will remain a part of our lives

Governor Issues New Proclamation Allowing Restaurants and Hair Salons to Open

Posted by: Nick Glew on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and

Governor's Proclamation - What You Need to Know

Posted by: Nick Glew on Thursday, May 7, 2020
On May 6, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation allowing additional businesses statewide to reopen. Additionally, there are limited businesses in Linn County now allowed to reopen under specific circumstances. We've done our best to summarize the proclamation and business impacts below. You can access the full proclamation at the bottom of
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