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City of Marion Zoning Updates

Posted by: Dave Hockett on Monday, January 13, 2020
The City of Marion has recently completed zoning code updates, which created new residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts. The intent of the recent code update is to clarify the development standards, simplify the development process and increase transparency. This will simplify zoning categories and better align zoning districts with

2019 Best of Iowa Annual Report Overview

Posted by: Dustin Kern on Monday, January 13, 2020
Business Expansion and Strategic Trends (BEST of Iowa) issued their Annual Report this month. The program aggregates data from 850 Iowa companies that were surveyed in 2019. Marion Economic Development Corporation interviewed more than a dozen companies who contributed to the statewide findings. Companies interviewed represented 66 counties and 165

Confluence Expands Through Simultaneous Acquisitions of Fargo and Chicago Firms

Posted by: Patrick Alvord on Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: January 7, 2020—Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, announced two simultaneous firm acquisitions. The award-winning firms of Land Elements in Downtown Fargo, North Dakota and Wolff Landscape Architecture in Downtown Chicago, Illinois are now part of Confluence. With a growing network of office

A local welder stepped up when Marion High students asked for a welding class

Posted by: Grace King on Thursday, January 2, 2020
Chris Williams is not a teacher, but when students at Marion High School voiced interest in taking a welding course, the Hupp Electric Motors welder ventured out of his comfort zone and into the classroom. Williams had never taught before, or even thought about teaching, until an email from the Marion Economic Development Corp. to area businesses asked if

PDI Legislative Forum

Posted by: on Wednesday, December 18, 2019
On December 5th, MEDCO partnered with Professional Developers of Iowa to present a legislative forum previewing the upcoming 2020 session. This is second year that MEDCO has partnered with PDI to host an eastern Iowa forum. Senator Liz Mathis and Representative Ashley Hinson were Marion’s delegation that participated. During the forum, MEDCO

Computer Science Jobs are in High Demand. Learn about what it's like to be a Network Infrastructure Technician.

Posted by: Emily Russ on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Did you know that Iowa has on average 4,000 open computing jobs and only 459 computer science students graduated in 2017? In the United States, there are more than half a million unfilled jobs in computing and technology. Additionally, these jobs are the top source of new wages in our country, which are projected to grow at twice the rate of all others.

Plans for key Tower Terrace Road section

Posted by: The Gazette: Liz Martin on Friday, December 13, 2019
A key new segment of the fragmented Tower Terrace Road is coming into focus with design updates and the process to acquire right of way beginning in early 2020. A 1.25-mile segment of Tower Terrace would be added, connecting C Avenue NE to Alburnett Road with an estimated cost of $10.5 million. Construction won’t begin until at least 2021, but more

Business Exchange Trip to Japan a Success

Posted by: on Wednesday, December 4, 2019
MEDCO President Nick Glew and MEDCO Board Chair Cheri Monahan recently returned from a weeklong business exchange program in Japan. Both were selected to represent that state of Iowa as part of the GEN-J Program sponsored by the Japan Foundation. The exchange program was created in 2018 in order to strengthen the collaboration between Japanese companies
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