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Bringing Learning to Life

Posted by: Emily Russ on Monday, September 30, 2019
The staff and volunteers at Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) are champions of nature. They strive to connect people to nature and create a passion for the outdoors. Indian Creek Nature Center is an amazing resource we have right in our backyard. While many roles are needed to make things run smoothly day to day, one of the more sought-after positions at

Local Business Harnesses the Talents of Area's Students

Posted by: Kara Lindsay, MEDCO Intern on Thursday, August 8, 2019
This year, Iowa has been expanding work-based learning to better prepare students for careers in high demand job markets. The state goal is for 70% of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school. While this is a nice goal for the state to have, such a goal requires action from the communities to achieve it. Community Promise is

Addressing the workforce challenge

Posted by: on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Credit: A Corridor Business Journal Editorial, April 9-15, 2018 Edition The Wall Street Journal last week described the monumental challenge Iowa and the Midwest has in getting jobs filled. The Journal reports that the Midwest is the nation's only region where the number of job openings exceeds the number of unemployed persons. According to Labor

Becoming a talent pipeline leader

Posted by: Corridor Business Journal on Monday, March 11, 2019
Economic development organizations are continually having to reinvent themselves with changing priorities like the current workforce skills gap. Some are better than others with this difficult task. The one economic development organization that seems to be best at combating this talent issue with a focused effort on connecting and training its own

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

Posted by: Emily Russ on 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

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

Posted by: Emily Russ on 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

There Will Always Be a Need for Plumbing

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Hanna Plumbing and Heating embraces the tagline: A family-owned, full-service plumbing, and HVAC Contractor. “There’s nothing more rewarding than having a business you started from nothing grow into something successful with your family around,” said Hanna Plumbing and Heating Vice President Tim Hanna. Tim and his wife Vicki started the

Exploring Iowa BIG

Posted by: Iowa Big Student on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The traditional concept of high school typically consists of a set schedule of classes in a set time frame with a set curriculum planned out well in advance. Students are told what to do and what to learn. Iowa BIG is rethinking the traditional concept of high school. Iowa BIG is a nationally recognized project-based high school educational program. BIG is
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