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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

2020 Legislative Update

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The Second Regular Session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly officially began at 10:00 am on Monday, January 13th, 2020. Marion Economic Development Corporation leverages its relationship with Professional Developers of Iowa to stay informed on the latest happenings in Des Moines. This relationships gives us access to PDI’s contract lobbyists who

Expanded Partnership Increases Strategy to Support Business Growth and Retention

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The Marion Economic Development Corporation and Marion Chamber of Commerce plan to launch a new business retention and growth strategy in 2020. Through a customized community survey, staff from both organizations will jointly interview more than 150 businesses this year. The confidential data collected will be used to better align the services and support

Marion Process Solutions Receives Prestigious Veterans Award

Posted by: Emily Russ on Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Marty Gieryng, Team Resources and Development Manager for Marion Process Solutions reserves a portion of her time and priorities for employing Veterans. Weekly, Gieryng checks the resume portal provided through the Home Base Iowa website. The City of Marion is a Home Base Iowa community, which connects Iowa businesses with qualified veterans to career

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
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