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MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Those tasked with overseeing an update of Maquoketa’s comprehensive plan have started gathering public input. The comprehensive plan committee recently conducted a public...
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Posted on Dec 03, 2018
Category: Maquoketa Comprehensive Plan

The impending launch of an innovative child care program could provide a ray of hope as Dubuque-area employers and economic development leaders confront deepening workforce...
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Posted on Dec 03, 2018
Category: child care, GDDC

  Telegraph Herald Aug 31, 2018 SABULA, Iowa -- After more than six months, motorists now can drive across the Mississippi River bridge at Sabula. A short bridge just...
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Posted on Aug 31, 2018
Category: (none)

BY ANGELA JONES For the Telegraph Herald One thing is apparent when attending a craft beer share such as the one hosted by the Dubuque Area...
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Posted on Aug 29, 2018
Category: Brewery, Quality of Life, Bellevue

Maquoketa officials have learned that the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has awarded a CDBG Downtown Revitalization Grant to the City of Maquoketa. Maquoketa Mayor,...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2018
Category: CDBG, facade, grant

Maquoketa mayor and Chairperson of the Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA), Don Schwenker, announced the promotion of Nicolas Hockenberry as the new economic development director...
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Posted on Jul 02, 2018
Category: JCEA, director

A new, artistic offering soon will make its way to the Potter’s Mill property in Bellevue. An art gallery dubbed A Corner to Fill will open...
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Posted on Jul 02, 2018
Category: (none)

Camryn Reeg and Rebecca Schroeder were destined to do great things together. As neighbors in Bellevue, Iowa, the two became close friends as children. That’s when...
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Posted on Jul 02, 2018
Category: Bellevue, TH scholars

Several tri-state areas have been approved to participate in a federal program to encourage  development in low-income areas.  However, local officials are still uncertain how exactly...
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Posted on May 21, 2018
Category: (none)

Sedgwick Adds 6,000 Claims Specialists with Acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey April 20, 2018 Memphis-based global claims services firm Sedgwick has finalized the acquisition of competitor global loss...
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Posted on May 06, 2018
Category: (none)

DUBUQUE, Iowa—The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) is excited to announce The Wellmark Foundation has awarded a $65,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH)...
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Posted on May 03, 2018
Category: Parks to People

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — To proponents of the pocket neighborhood movement, good fences don’t necessarily make good neighbors. Rather, shared amenities such as gardens, playground equipment or...
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Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Category: (none)

JACKSON COUNTY AWARDED TWO GRANTS FOR DOWNTOWN REHABILITATION (Jackson County, IA) April 9, 2018 – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced on Thursday, April 5th...
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Posted on Apr 09, 2018
Category: (none)

Bellevue’s Rockwell Collins hosted a total of 26 eighth-grade females from both Bellevue High School and Marquette Catholic High School last week as part of...
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Posted on Mar 23, 2018
Category: Manufacturing

Becoming (Company) Cultured When you hear the term “company culture,” what comes to mind? Is it the famous nap pods at Google? Is it the fast-paced...
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Posted on Mar 02, 2018
Category: (none)

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Bellevue Community School Board members agreed this week to move forward in their pursuit of building a new elementary school. Board members voted...
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Posted on Feb 22, 2018
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MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Seven Maquoketa High School students dressed in shades of red and pink crowded into Bob Stockham’s living room on Wednesday. As Stockham stood...
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Posted on Feb 22, 2018
Category: (none)

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — An old cigar shop in downtown Maquoketa has found a new, dual life as a bar and antique store. Farmer’s Creek Antiques &...
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Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Category: Maquoketa, wine bar, antiques

Supporters of a new skate park in Dubuque recently received a large grant that puts them more than three-quarters of the way toward their fundraising...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2018
Category: Parks to People

BELLEVUE, Iowa — When a big part of your job exposes you to musicians who have honed their craft to an extremely high level, you...
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Posted on Jan 31, 2018
Category: Flatted Fifth, Bellevue

 
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Posted on Jan 18, 2018
Category: Faces of Iowa State, Maquoketa

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A historic Maquoketa hotel has been sold to a relative of a former longtime owner of the building. Larry Thede bought the Decker...
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Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Category: Decker Hotel, Decker, Maquoketa, Hotel

 
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Posted on Nov 30, 2017
Category: Bellevue, Flatted Fifth, Jackson County, Restaurant

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Mary Felderman smiled widely at the crowd gathered Wednesday to officially open a hiking trail and bridge named for her family.As warm...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2017
Category: Bellevue, Jackson County, Parks to People, Grant Wood Loop, Felderman Park

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded the City of Dubuque and City of Preston – part of the Grant Wood Loop region...
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Posted on Oct 13, 2017
Category: Parks to People, Quality of Life, Grant Wood Loop

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — When construction started on a new rec center in Maquoketa in August of 2006, then-City Manager Brian Wagner said the fundraising took...
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Posted on Oct 07, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, YMCA, Recreation

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — As a three-sport athlete, Bellevue High School junior Harrison Haynes knows the value of being part of a good team. On Tuesday morning,...
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Posted on Oct 04, 2017
Category: Jackson County, Manufacturing, Dynamic Tube

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A manufacturing company with a facility in Maquoketa announced Friday that it will undertake an $85 million worldwide expansion. That means 40 new...
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Posted on Sep 23, 2017
Category: (none)

BELLEVUE, Iowa — After 10 years teaching first grade together at Bellevue Elementary School, Lisa Roth and Emily Reeg are pretty much in sync.   Though the...
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Posted on Sep 06, 2017
Category: Bellevue, teacher, education, award

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Data gathered from surveys, words written on slips of paper and even crowd-sourced songs about the city of Bellevue are being used...
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Posted on Sep 04, 2017
Category: Bellevue, Bellevue Heart & Soul, community development

Photographer Amelia Charleen Roling, of Preston, Iowa, recently had a photo from Mines of Spain Recreation Area in Dubuque featured in Brides magazine as part...
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Posted on Aug 24, 2017
Category: Photography, Small Business, Preston

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Mark Herman said there’s no secret why locally sourced food is gaining in popularity. “These days, it seems to be a trend,” Herman...
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Posted on Aug 21, 2017
Category: Bellevue, local, community development

  Dubuque, IA, August 18, 2017:  The East Central Development Corporation (ECDC) recently received a $10,000 Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation, Partners in Progress! grant...
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Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Category: ECIA, Housing

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A proposed road project could prompt the closure of Maquoketa Caves State Park for several months next summer. Plans call for a complete...
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Category: Quality of Life

Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has partnered with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region (GWMRR), which includes Dubuque, Jackson...
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Posted on Jul 13, 2017
Category: Parks to People, Grant Wood Loop, Keep Iowa Beautiful, community development, Quality of Life

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — About 50 local and regional business leaders met Tuesday in Maquoketa to learn and exchange ideas to improve their downtown business climates. The...
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Posted on Jun 14, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown

One hundred twenty Iowa State University students are putting the finishing touches on the world’s first Solar Utility Vehicle. Named “Penumbra,” this solar-assisted electric vehicle...
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Posted on Jun 05, 2017
Category: Business Innovation, Environment

Growing revenues and attracting new customers are the top business goals for small wholesale distributors and retailers. But, in the age of the empowered buyer,...
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Posted on May 30, 2017
Category: Business Innovation, Economy

An upcoming event will focus on reviatlizing Maquoketa's downtown. The Iowa Economic Development Authority's Downtown Resource Center will host a downtown forum on June 13 at...
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Posted on May 16, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown, IEDA

Posted on May 01, 2017
Category: HUSCO, Job, Workforce

More than 100 area students got an up-close glimpse at a career in the trades during the Construction Industry Career Expo Thursday at Portzen Construction...
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Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Category: Workforce, Schools, Education

The Maquoketa Art Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for artists interested in developing Maquoketa’s public art installment as part of the Byways of Iowa...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Quality of Life, public art

What if you could give a young person a chance to gain valuable workplace skills and learn about your company, and it didn’t cost you...
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
Category: Workforce

Andrew Community School District has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covery Co., a global performance improvement company. The designation recognizes that...
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Posted on Apr 04, 2017
Category: Andrew, Andrew Community School District, Leader in Me

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Jackson County economic leaders believe downtown Maquoketa is well on its way to revitalization. Now, they hope to take progress to the next...
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Posted on Apr 01, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown, Investment

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Jackson County Regional Health Center trustees have reached a consensus to examine the possibility of constructing a new hospital. Whether the facility would...
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Posted on Mar 22, 2017
Category: Jackson County Hospital, Healthcare, Business Expansion

Downtown Walking Tour   Meet for Tour - 5pm: Maquoketa Chamber/Art Experience (124 S. Main St. Maquoketa, IA)   Walking Tour - 5:15pm Reicks Building (101 N. Main St. Maquoketa,...
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Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown, incentives

Maquoketa, IA, March 10th, 2017 – The rapid growth of Blue-9 Pet Products, maker of The KLIMB™ Patented platform and Balance Harness™ for dogs, has...
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Posted on Mar 16, 2017
Category: Business Innovation, Maquoketa

Officials of Maquoketa Web Printing announced today the sale of the company’s customer sales accounts and other assets to a Wisconsin printing firm.        The transaction...
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Posted on Mar 16, 2017
Category: Maquoketa Web Printing

The city of Maquoketa recently completed a $4 million renovation of its downtown, and city leaders want to show it off. To help, they’ve turned to...
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Posted on Mar 08, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown, Quality of Life

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Continued growth at a Maquoketa manufacturer likely means more new jobs than expected when a hiring initiative was announced last year. Last year,...
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Posted on Feb 26, 2017
Category: HUSCO, Manufacturing, Jobs, Maquoketa

On January 31, Bellevue Heart & Soul sponsored an event for students from Bellevue High School and Marquette Catholic High School to come together at...
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Posted on Feb 22, 2017
Category: Bellevue, Heart & Soul, Quality of Life

The Grant Wood Mississippi River Region (GWMRR), the State of Iowa’s Parks to People pilot region, with the support of Regional Planning Affiliation 8 (RPA...
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Posted on Feb 06, 2017
Category: Parks to People, Quality of Life, Grant Wood Loop

JACKSON COUNTY, Iowa – Jackson County native Carla Wosoba always had an inkling that she would be a part of the craft beer industry. However, it...
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Posted on Feb 06, 2017
Category: Business Innovation, Economy, Agriculture

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Camryn Reeg dipped a brush into green paint and dabbed it onto a 4-foot-by-8-foot canvas set up in the Bellevue Arts Council’s...
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Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Category: Bellevue, Bellevue BIG, Schools, Innovation

The Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA) held its second Annual Event on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The reception was sponsored and hosted by the Decker...
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Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Category: Annual Report, Business Expansion, Downtown, Parks to People, community development, incentives

Maquoketa Betterment Corporation officials announced that funding has been secured to move forward with the downtown historic district nomination. Betterment, Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA),...
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Posted on Jan 17, 2017
Category: Maquoketa, Historic, Downtown

Below is information on an internship program from the State of Iowa’s Iowa Economic Development Authority. This program is available to any eligible Iowa Employers...
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Category: Internship, Manufacturing

Fidelity Bank & Trust has announced its commitment to invest $35,000 over a 5-year period to support the joint Iowa Park Foundation and State of...
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Posted on Dec 21, 2016
Category: Grant Wood Loop, Parks to People, Quality of Life

Posted on Dec 15, 2016
Category: HUSCO, Jobs, Maquoketa

Grant Wood Mississippi River Region (GWMRR) announced a commitment of funds to develop a website highlighting arts, cultural, and recreation. The Regional Planning Affiliation 8...
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Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Category: Parks to People, Grant Wood Loop, Quality of Life

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Business was bustling just before noon Saturday at Make A Splash in Maquoketa, as visitors checked out the home decor, gifts and...
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Posted on Nov 26, 2016
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown

An unwelcome surprise was in store for Paul Meissner and his crew as they worked on an old chapel at E.B. Lyons nature preserve. Though it...
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016
Category: Parks to People, Dubuque, Quality of Life

Holiday season is here. There is no denying the holiday music in the store or the twinkling, sparkling decorations beginning to take over. And in...
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016
Category: Small Business, Downtown

A recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau statistics suggests that Iowans don’t need to live “in the city” to make a good living. Iowa State University...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Rural, Economy

DES MOINES — For the first time, more than a third of Iowa’s electricity is generated by wind power, according to a study published Thursday. Wind...
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Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Category: Energy, Alliant

BELLEVUE, Iowa – The City of Bellevue has received a $75,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The grant, part of the department’s Resource...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Category: Bellevue, Parks to People

The aircraft component maker Rockwell Collins has struck a deal to buy an aircraft interior maker, B/E Aerospace, for $62 a share in cash and stock,...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Category: Rockwell Collins, Business Expansion, Bellevue

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Surrounded by at least 300 people — including more than 200 students from Marquette Catholic Schools — Principal Geoffrey Kaiser was all...
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Posted on Oct 20, 2016
Category: Bellevue, Marquette, Schools

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Iowa Transportation Commission members today approved a $300,000 grant to help extend a walking trail at Bellevue’s Felderman Park. The park is located...
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Posted on Oct 12, 2016
Category: Parks to People, Bellevue, Recreation

Iowa is being highlighted as one of the top 10 states for business, according to CNBC. The latest analysis spotlights Iowa’s low cost of doing...
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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Category: Economy, Business

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Emotions ran high Tuesday morning when a Jackson County supervisor received a national award for his courage in tackling a gunman two...
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Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Category: Maquoketa, Jackson County,

Interested in an opportunity to serve on a regional board that impacts the prosperity and economic development in your community? The Region 9 Regional Workforce Development...
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Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Category: Workforce

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — The floorboards of the barn shook as nearly 200 music festival-goers jumped to the screeching guitar and drum-smashing cacophonous crescendo from The...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2016
Category: Quality of Life

MAQUOKETA, IA – HUSCO International, a global leader in the development and manufacture of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic controls for off-highway and automotive industries, announced today it...
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Posted on Sep 09, 2016
Category: Jobs, Business Expansion, Maquoketa, Manufacturing

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Can help Future Iowa's Economic Growth By:  Damien Levie, Head of the Trade Section at the EU Delegation in Washington,...
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Posted on Sep 07, 2016
Category: (none)

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A newly released, statewide study shows tourists spent more than $329 million in Dubuque County last year, the sixth-highest total among counties...
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Posted on Sep 07, 2016
Category: Quality of Life

IOWA BOOSTS APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING   Funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will help build on Iowa's efforts to increase our number of skilled workers. Iowa Workforce Development...
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Posted on Sep 01, 2016
Category: Jobs, Workforce

(Maquoketa, IA) – The Wellmark Foundation has announced its commitment to invest $75,000 to support Jackson County’s Hurstville Trail, a 1.1 mile trail will extend from...
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Posted on Sep 01, 2016
Category: Quality of Life

DES MOINES, IA — Four investors have signed on to support a new startup business accelerator that will further establish Central Iowa’s reputation as a global...
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Posted on Aug 30, 2016
Category: Agriculture, Technology, Business Innovation

(Maquoketa, IA) – Black Hills Energy award $2,500 to assist in funding the City of Maquoketa’s Pedestrian and Bike Bridge over the Maquoketa River. The...
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Posted on Jul 22, 2016
Category: Quality of Life, Parks to People

Maquoketa, IA – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced nearly $1.7 million in grant funding for cultural development projects. $400,000 were granted to the...
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Posted on Jul 12, 2016
Category: Quality of Life, Downtown

The Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Corporation Housing Trust Fund is soliciting applications for the 2017 funding round, and will be requesting funds from the Iowa...
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Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Category: Housing, Grant, Loan

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturerJCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a...
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Posted on May 17, 2016
Category: Workforce

ANDREW, Iowa — Two Jackson County school districts announced their new superintendent Friday, a little more than one month after the districts’ shared leader announced...
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Posted on May 07, 2016
Category: Easton Valley, School, Quality of Life

BELLEVUE, Iowa – Work on Bellevue’s River Ridge Brewing is currently underway at the former location of Water Street Market on Riverview Street, and local...
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Posted on May 05, 2016
Category: New Business, Startup, Bellevue

Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter’s Mill in Bellevue, Iowa is proud to announce Chef Drew Weis's win at the Iowa Public Radio’s Battle of...
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Posted on May 04, 2016
Category: Quality of Life, Bellevue

Maquoketa, Iowa — Mary McAreavy Lewis paused and glanced up the grand staircase, her hand resting on the polished wooden banister. The Maquoketa native who now...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2016
Category: Maquoketa, Downtown, Quality of Life

Andrew, Iowa — Students at Andrew Community School showed off their inner leaders Friday during the school’s fourth annual Leadership Day. Students showed parents, community leaders...
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Posted on Apr 16, 2016
Category: Andrew, Schools, Quality of Life

10 Charming River Towns In Iowa To Visit This Spring From the charming, quaint and historic river towns of the Mississippi, to the bustling and busy...
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Posted on Apr 06, 2016
Category: Quality of Life

West Bancorporation Inc., Ames National Corp. and four other Iowa-based banking entities are among the top 100 performing banks in the nation with assets of...
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Posted on Mar 24, 2016
Category: Banking, Financing

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A Jackson County supervisor will receive a national heroism award for tackling an armed man in the county courthouse. Larry “Buck” Koos, 55,...
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Posted on Mar 23, 2016
Category: (none)

Thursday, May 19 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hotel Julien, Dubuque Define your future! Learn what drives employee engagement to maximize results and connect to your...
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Posted on Mar 16, 2016
Category: Business Innovation, Conference

BELLEVUE, Iowa -- Fifteen months ago, Jacynda Smith was a hairstylist working out of a donated garage behind Water Street Market. Today, the 38-year-old finds herself...
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Posted on Mar 05, 2016
Category: Business Expansion, Business Innovation, Bellevue

BELLEVUE, Iowa -- A global phenomenon made its way to small-town Iowa Wednesday night, as students and faculty at Bellevue High School hosted a TEDx...
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Posted on Mar 04, 2016
Category: Bellevue

Posted on Feb 24, 2016
Category: Training, Workforce

What a difference a year makes. At least it does when it comes to "Tyme," the new and unique curling iron that was introduced and patented...
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Posted on Feb 18, 2016
Category: Business Expansion, Business Innovation, Small Business

Maquoketa, IA -- An initiative to make the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region (GWMRR) a cultural and natural destination received a $250,000 boost this week. Maquoketa...
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Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Category: Quality of Life, Recreation, Investment

Bellevue, IA -- The Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA) held its annual meeting last Tuesday in Bellevue, to not only elect officers, but to recap...
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Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Category: Economy, Business Expansion

CASCADE, Iowa -- Enhancing, promoting, sustaining and connecting the region's park assets will be the focus of a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14,...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2016
Category: Quality of Life, Recreation, Environment

Preston, IA - Easton Valley will receive nearly $200,000 beginning the 2016-2017 school year through the Teacher Leadership Compensation grant from the Department of Education....
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Posted on Jan 06, 2016
Category: Schools, Education, Employment

MAQUOKETA, Iowa - Maquoketa city officials are considering what essentially amounts to a "land swap" involving the historic Mitchell-Maskrey Mill. Mill owner Bob Mitchell, who also...
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Posted on Dec 24, 2015
Category: Incentive, Maquoketa, Downtown

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- The population in Jackson County continues to gradually decline, but a new study suggests there still is need for new housing in...
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Posted on Dec 15, 2015
Category: Housing, Quality of Life

(Bellevue, IA) - It was back in 1984 when Janet Callaghan was chatting with the bellevue City Administrator, Dave Heiar, when she unexpectedly landed a...
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Posted on Dec 10, 2015
Category: (none)

Iowa-grown Christmas trees are worth a million dollars annually to Iowa's economy. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says tree farms make good use of land...
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Posted on Dec 07, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Environment

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer ofrefrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that Craftsmen Trailer,...
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Posted on Dec 02, 2015
Category: Business Expansion

The 2015 Jackson County Housing Needs Assessment has recently been completed by the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). The cities of Maquoketa, Bellevue, Miles and...
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Posted on Nov 30, 2015
Category: Housing Study, Housing, Quality of Life

Members of Maquoketa Betterment Corp. last week hosted a fact-finding meeting in Des Moines. The corporation, which seeks to promote business development in Maquoketa, met with...
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Posted on Nov 24, 2015
Category: Betterment, Downtown, Quality of Life

(Bellevue, IA) - Bellevue’s Josh Scheckel wasn’t going to take no for an answer. The longtime businessman, who frequently buys and sells large earth-moving equipment during...
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Posted on Nov 19, 2015
Category: Broadband, Business Expansion, Business Innovation

(Dubuque, IA) - Dubuque native Pete Eggers is among 11 young professionals aiming to turn donations through Indiegogo.com into moneymaking endeavors for other Iowans. The group,...
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Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Category: Entrepreneurs, Business Innovation

(Jackson County, IA) October 15th, 2015 – The Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA) in cooperation with the financial institutions in Jackson County is announcing the...
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Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Category: Incentive, Downtown, Loan

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad went to several Dubuque-area recreational sites today to mark the first anniversary of Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties becoming a Parks...
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Posted on Oct 07, 2015
Category: Quality of Life, Recreation

DES MOINES — The Iowa Executive Council voted 4-0 Monday to approve a two-year extension of state group insurance rates that would boost the state’s...
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Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Category: Insurance, Economy

Posted on Sep 01, 2015
Category: Workforce, Training

Posted on Sep 01, 2015
Category: Training, Workforce

Fidelity Bank & Trust will acquire East Dubuque Savings Bank, officials announced today. The move would increase Fidelity's network of branches to 20 and bring its...
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Posted on Aug 27, 2015
Category: Financing, Merger

For many, Iowa's claim to fame occurs every four years when the state is thrust into the national during the presidential campaign. But the state is important...
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Posted on Aug 19, 2015
Category: Manufacturing, Economy

People needing emergency in Jackson County now may contact 911 by text message as well as by telephone. Text-to-911 is available for use in Jackson County,...
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Posted on Aug 13, 2015
Category: Technology

Microloans as small as $1,000 can provide a footing to help turn a business idea into a business, city officials said Tuesday. With that in mind,...
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Posted on Aug 11, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Small Business, Financing, Microloan

Connected Nation helps counties and cities evaluate broadband access, adoption, and use in the area. This includes the broadband speeds available to businesses and residents,...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2015
Category: Infrastructure, Broadband

Blue-9 President, David Blake, is proud to announce the company’s debut product, the KLIMB™, has won the prestigious 2015 Editor’s Choice Award by Pet Product...
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Posted on Jul 21, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Business Award

BETA (Bellevue Economic and Tourism Association) has taken the first step in assisting the City of Bellevue with the purchase of land for an industrial...
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Posted on Jul 16, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Industrial Park, Site

Daniel Toops, 19, recently launched his own company with help from family, teachers and area residents. The budding businessman builds firestarter kits for campfires, home...
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Posted on Jul 12, 2015
Category: Business Innovation,

The state of Iowa is once again one of "America's Top States for Business," because we are committed to building a strong, diverse economy and...
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Posted on Jun 24, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Investment, Jobs

A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as...
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Posted on Jun 17, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Manufacturing, USDA

The advanced manufacturing sector plays a major role in the U.S. economy. According to the Brookings Institute, the nation’s 50 advanced industries employed 12.3 million...
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Posted on Jun 12, 2015
Category: Manufacturing, Industry

Posted on Jun 11, 2015
Category: Financing, Business Expansion

The University of Iowa will begin offering a new certificate program in business analytics in Des Moines starting this fall, providing an opportunity for advanced...
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Posted on Jun 09, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Initiative

A new report shows while nearly 94 percent of Iowa households have at least some form of broadband Internet access, a significant gap still exists...
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Posted on Jun 08, 2015
Category: Broadband, Infrastructure

Iowa has worked its way from No. 7 to No. 1 in wind energy. By the end of 2014, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity...
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Posted on May 11, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Business Innovation, Energy

Quad County Corn Processors passed a major milestone last month, producing its 1 millionth gallon of cellulosic ethanol. The farmer-owned plant near the small Northwest Iowa town...
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Posted on May 10, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Tax Credit

 The Union Pacific railroad, with nearly 1,400 miles of tracking in Iowa, plans to spend $109 million this year on maintenance and upgrades. Omaha-based UP has...
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Posted on May 07, 2015
Category: Infrastructure, Railroad

Sarah McDonald Hasken has been elected to the top leadership post on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Innovation Corp. Hasken, of Dubuque, was appointed...
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Posted on May 05, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Business Expansion, Grant, Research and Development

Posted on Apr 29, 2015
Category: Workforce, Event, Initiative

Iowa's wind energy industry employed about 6,000 people last year, about 2,000 more than in 2013, a report Wednesday showed. Iowa's wind energy employment was second...
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Posted on Apr 15, 2015
Category: Energy, Workforce

We have a unique opportunity to help 4 persons/families in our area with a 25% down payment on a new home in Bellevue. The homes located...
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Posted on Mar 31, 2015
Category: Workforce, Housing

The Jackson County Economic Alliance is plugged in to finding communication infrastructure improvements across the county. But before potential improvements come to the area, several...
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Posted on Mar 28, 2015
Category: (none)

A caravan of city representatives from Maquoketa, Preston and Bellevue made the trek to Dubuque Thursday to tour several historical districts in an effort to...
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Posted on Mar 14, 2015
Category: Economy, Initiative, Quality of Life

The availability of quality housing is essential for the growth of a community. But the types of housing that are needed vary from city to...
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Posted on Mar 11, 2015
Category: Housing, Initiative, Workforce

Bellevue native David Blake doesn't own a dog, but he knows some of the training problems dog owners face, and he even knows how to...
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Posted on Mar 01, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Business Expansion, Manufacturing

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, representatives from the Bureau of Prison and the Small Business Administration will provide information...
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Posted on Feb 26, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Government Contractor

  Iowa’s economy will grow in the next six months, according to the first-ever statewide survey of Iowa Bankers Association members. Fifty-two percent of survey respondents are...
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Posted on Feb 19, 2015
Category: Economy

Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, was in Des Moines this morning to pitch his agency's services as...
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Posted on Feb 18, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Business Expansion, Manufacturing

Photo by Tim Schoon.   University of Iowa M.B.A. students will provide consulting services this spring that help several businesses across Iowa to grow and become stronger. The...
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Posted on Feb 18, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Initiative

Jack Hasken could have made a different decision, but there are plenty of people in Maquoketa who believe he made a good one in February 2013. That’s when Hasken, president...
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Posted on Feb 16, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, Economy

Iowa Business Grant Program Entry Deadline Extended CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dream Big Grow Here business grant program deadline has been extended until February 13. ...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Business Innovation, Grant, Jobs

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER DUBUQUE AWARDS $46,800 TO LOCAL NONPROFITS THROUGH COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS PROGRAM    At its third annual Community Block Party, the Community Foundation of...
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Posted on Feb 06, 2015
Category: Initiative, Quality of Life

MAQUOKETA, Iowa Ethan Kilburg's passion for engineering was ignited in a high school classroom. Now a municipal engineer, Kilburg returned to Maquoketa High School on Thursday...
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Posted on Jan 23, 2015
Category: Manufacturing, Industry, Workforce

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- An ATV park, cabins and better trail connections top the list among residents seeking to develop a long-term, sustainable strategy to revitalize...
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Posted on Jan 23, 2015
Category: Initiative, Economy, Quality of Life

Michael Burgess, Rockwell collin plant manager, give Bellevue (Iowa) High School teachers a tour of the plant Monday. Photo By: Dave Kettering   Erin Fischer drives past the...
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Posted on Jan 20, 2015
Category: Manufacturing, Workforce, Business Innovation

The University of Iowa and Iowa Western Community College invited Council Bluffs’ business community to celebrate the institutions’ new collaboration to support small businesses. UI Partners...
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Posted on Jan 14, 2015
Category: Business Innovation, IT Services, Initiative

The rain was making it hard to see as I was passing a giant semi on I-80. I was in a hurry. When passing, the...
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Posted on Jan 10, 2015
Category: Quality of Life

Economic growth in the Midwest was steady in 2014, thanks to solid performances by the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially transportation equipment. The economy also...
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Posted on Jan 08, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Industry, Manufacturing

Gov. Terry E. Branstad, the Iowa Parks Foundation and the Green Ribbon Commission - a special commission charged with developing a long-term and sustainable strategy...
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Posted on Jan 07, 2015
Category: Quality of Life

DES MOINES — Business leaders continue to press lawmakers to support and expand programs to develop more highly skilled employees. But how much in additional resources...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2015
Category: Workforce, Business Expansion, Economy

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has grants, guaranteed loans and combination grant/guaranteed loans available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase...
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Posted on Dec 30, 2014
Category: (none)

At the start of the New Year, some new state laws will take effect. In Iowa, business owners will see lower property taxes, and state...
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Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Category: Taxes

Curling irons haven’t really changed much since the Titanic sank back in 1912. Now that is all changing  – thanks to a group of Bellevue siblings,...
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Posted on Dec 18, 2014
Category: Business Innovation, Manufacturing

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve said today that factory production rose...
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Posted on Dec 15, 2014
Category: Manufacturing

When it was exhibited at the Figge Art Museum two years ago, Rose Frantzen’s nationally acclaimed "Portrait of Maquoketa" was popular. The Davenport museum now has...
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Posted on Dec 15, 2014
Category: Arts, Culture

A statewide organization of county officials has honored Jackson County Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos for his actions during the Courthouse shooting incident in September. The Iowa...
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Posted on Dec 13, 2014
Category: (none)

Fifteen small businesses in Iowa opened their doors to University of Iowa students to find out how they could market their products to Chinese consumers. Tippie...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2014
Category: Business Expansion, Manufacturing, Business Expansion, International

AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, partnered with Roeder brothers Inc. of Bellevue and maquoketa, as well as other AGCO dealers...
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Posted on Dec 06, 2014
Category: Philanthropy

DES MOINES | Sales should increase over the next six months, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the Iowa Business Council. Most IBC members, who...
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Posted on Dec 02, 2014
Category: Business Expansion, Economy

U.S. factory activity moderated in November, but sustained gains in new orders and a rebound in exports suggested the economy remained on a firmer footing...
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Posted on Dec 01, 2014
Category: Manufacturing, Business Expansion

The Maquoketa City Council has agreed to consider having a study done of the city’s housing needs. The council on Nov. 17 referred the issue to...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2014
Category: Housing

The state's economic development agency will pitch a new tax credit aimed at biochemical production during Iowa's next legislative session, which begins in January. The...
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Posted on Oct 17, 2014
Category: Tax Credit, Business Innovation

BELLEVUE, Iowa -- A new business in Bellevue has launched a free program allowing local students to try their hand at the guitar. Lock 12 Music,...
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Posted on Oct 01, 2014
Category: Business Innovation

Iowa's outdoor recreational amenities could become bigger and better under a statewide program being launched by state officials in cooperation with local governments and private...
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Posted on Sep 29, 2014
Category: Initiative, Environment

The Thomson Correctional Center will be hosting a job fair beginning Tuesday, September 16. The Federal Prison located in Thomson Illinois was built in 2001, but...
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Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Category: Jobs

Watch a presentation of our region's beautiful recreation and natural spaces, and how we hope to continue to develop these resources for our community: 
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Posted on Sep 11, 2014
Category: Initiative, Environment

Bellevue's Andrew Weis has come full-circle. Back in his high school days, he used to work as a kitchen helper at Potter's Mill. Now he's back...
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Posted on Aug 08, 2014
Category: Food/Entertainment

Parks to People Program to Revitalize State Parks The Governor's Green Ribbon Commission and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Iowa Parks...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2014
Category: Initiative, Environment

Kunau Implement with locations in Preston and DeWitt broke ground for a new 20,000 plus square foot service center expansion at their Preston Location on...
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Posted on Jun 11, 2014
Category: Business Expansion

Three siblings from Maquoketa are beginning to turn heads with a family-owned business that relies on aquaponics to produce fish and plants. Maquoketa resident Matt Andresen,...
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Posted on May 31, 2014
Category: Business Innovation

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — As a three-sport athlete, Bellevue High School junior Harrison Haynes knows the value of being part of a good team. On Tuesday morning,...
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Posted on Oct 04, 2017
Category: Jackson County, manufacturing, Dynamic Tube

Posted on Jul 30, 2015
Category: (none)

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday green-lighted state funding for expansions at Cottingham & Butler and Hirschbach Motor Lines.   The board awarded $600,000 in...
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Posted on Feb 21, 2015
Category: Business Expansion, Incentive

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release DATE: August 4, 2014 Contact: Carl W. Reimer   Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Corporation Housing Trust Fund (EIRHC HTF) Solicitation for Applications   The Eastern Iowa Regional Housing...
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Posted on Aug 04, 2014
Category: Housing

Fast Fact Image

Maquoketa has been known as the “Timber City” since about 1870 because  of the many trees that line the streets.


Photos throughout the JCEA Website are courtesy of David Namanny, Bellevue Herald Leader, The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, and Patti Hoffman, who represents Preston Growth and Development and The Preston Times.