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Chamber Lunch and Learn
In addition to the Fiber Town Hall Meeting, a Chamber "Lunch and Learn" session will be held at noon on September 7th in the Community Room at City Hall. A light lunch will be provided for attendees. Persons planning to attend should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 6th.
Residents can also learn more about the concept of a community fiber broadband network by visiting www.ourbroadbandfuture.com and clicking the New Hampton link. A Facebook page dedicated to the topic is also online at www.facebook.com/newhamptonbroadband
For more information, contact:
Curtis Dean, SmartSource Consulting
Phone: (515) 650-0251
Brian Quirk, New Hampton Municipal Light Plant
Phone: (641) 394-2196
The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms that significantly impacted those counties Aug. 23, 2016. In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those counties.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the current federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $40,320, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.
Eligible residents in Bremer and Chickasaw counties have until Oct. 14, 2016, to apply for Iowa Individual Assistance as a result of these storms.
The Governor previously declared a proclamation of disaster emergency for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties in response to recent severe storms and flash flooding. Eligible residents in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties have until Oct. 7, 2016, to apply for Iowa Individual Assistance as a result of these storms.
To register, please call the UNI Small Business Development Center at 319-273-4344 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration is limited to the first 30 participants.
This is a great example of how these grants help improve our county and quality of life.
New Hampton Farmer's Market
Thursday, August 4 4-6 pm
CarQuest Parking Lot
Do you have extra garden produce that you would be willing to share for the public to sample? Do you have a special recipe that uses your garden produce and you would be willing to share and provide copies?
The New Hampton Community Wellness group will be able to provide you with a stipend of $20 for sharing your Wellth of produce. The money comes from a grant from NE Iowa Food and Fitness through the Chickasaw County Public Health office. You may also sell your extra produce at the Farmer's Market. Tables can be made available if needed.
If you are interested or would like more information please contact Jolene Rosonke, 641-228-0304.
Jessica Marsh with the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be working with the Economic Development office and offering appointments on July 20, 2016. Jessica will make her 1st visit to New Hampton that day and will continue to have regular appointments as needed.
Established in 1981, the Iowa SBDC's provide free, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. The SBDC also presents affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
Contact Tammy or Megan at the New Hampton Economic Development office by calling 641-394-2437 to set an appointment to meet with the SBDC on July 20th.
You can contact them at: 641-229-5655.
"Supporting Iowa's existing industry is a key priority for PDI's (Professional Developers of Iowa) membership," stated Wayne Pantini, PDI President. "The BRE (Business Retention & Expansion) Awards are intended to increase the focus on fostering Iowa business growth by economic development organizations and spotlight BRE programs and projects that have made a significant impact on Iowa communities."
Founded in 1973, with current membership of over 320, PDI is an organization dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members through a wide range of programs and services. As an association, PDI provides professional training that helps its members do a better job for their community. PDI creates an atmosphere of support and offers an instant network of seasoned experts for local professionals to seek advice and support.
For more information or to register for "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#46984) visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256 ext. 399
Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton and Mercy Family Clinic are excited to welcome two new family physicians, Drs. Nathan & Heather Harms.
Drs. Nathan & Heather Harms visited New Hampton the beginning of March and were impressed by our hospital facilities and staff, the progressive community and friendly people they met.
"Mercy physicians and staff feel so blessed to welcome Dr. Nathan and Dr. Heather to the Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton family," stated Aaron Flugum, CEO. "They will both be amazing additions to our clinic, hospital and community."
Drs. Nathan and Heather are trained in family, inpatient and emergency medicine. They will also both care for obstetrics patients. Similar to the other Mercy Family Clinic physicians, they will do medical missions in Canillá, Guatemala with DOCS for Hope on a rotating schedule.
Dr. Nathan Harms graduated from Kansas State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medicine with a minor in history. He then attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine and also met his wife, Heather. Dr. Harms is currently finishing his family medicine residency at St. Mary's in Grand Junction, Colorado. During his training, Dr. Nathan has traveled to Africa and Tanzania for medical missions.
Dr. Heather Harms attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish with a minor in Biology. Dr. Heather then graduated with her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She is currently completing her residency program at St. Mary's in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dr. Heather has been doing mission work in Canillá, Guatemala since she was in middle school. Her parents work in an orphanage close to the DOC for Hope hospital site. Dr. Heather is excited to continue to serve the people of Canillá and also spend time with her family and the many friends she has met there.
Drs. Harms will begin seeing patients at Mercy Family Clinic in October. When they arrive in New Hampton a meet and greet celebration with the community will be held.
New Hampton, IA - Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Director Beth Townsend announced today Chickasaw County has achieved Skilled Iowa Community status by meeting the metrics for both business commitments and workforce certifications.
"I am proud of the all the hard-work and dedication the leadership in Chickasaw County has put into achieving this designation," said Townsend. "Retaining and attracting a strong workforce is essential for Chickasaw County companies to grow and innovate. This designation will go a long way to help."
In order to become a Skilled Iowa Community, Chickasaw County had to have:
• five percent of the local workforce earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
• 20 percent of workers receiving unemployment insurance benefits or other specified services become NCRC certified
• 10 percent of the local employers (who represent 20 percent of the total workforce) commit to supporting the Skilled Iowa Initiative in their hiring process
The Skilled Iowa Initiative has notable benefits for local economic development efforts. Skilled Iowa aims to assist local economies in boosting the qualifications of their local workers and as a result, making the community a more attractive place for new and existing businesses.
The initiative encourages workers and students to earn an NCRC, as well as encouraging employers to recognize the certificate in the hiring process. Those earning an NCRC take a test to measure crucial workplace skills in areas such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.
Skilled Iowa urges all communities in the state to visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about this economic growth opportunity and about making the commitment to become a Skilled Iowa Community.
Thank you to everyone who took the test to help us become a Skilled Iowa Community!
Everyone is invited to enjoy this free piano concert on Saturday April 16th at Trinity Lutheran Church 223 S. Water Avenue New Hampton, IA sponsored by the Carnegie Cultural Center and ArtsShare. The Performance time is 2:00- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 16th.
For more information, contact the Center by phone at 641-394-2354, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
The first, Pedal & Play Sports, will be located on North Chestnut in Bob Messersmith's building. They will be a bicycle sales and repair shop with sporting goods retail. Their mission statement is to support the community with local, quality, affordable sporting good options. Their tentative open date is April 16 with bicycle repair and limited sales. They will have a grand opening in June and be a full service bicycle and sporting goods store. Owners, Brandon & Allison Hemann, are excited to start a new adventure in New Hampton!
The second, Newy's Cellular 1, will be located on Main Street in the former Boos & Straw Insurance building. They will be a cellular phone accessory and repair shop. Owner, Jeff Neuendorf, owns two other shops, one in Denver and one in Cresco. Besides cellular accessories and used phones, they will offer repair of cell phones/tablets/ipads etc. They are hoping to open their doors at the beginning of April.
We are very excited to have these two new businesses to Main Street New Hampton!! Please show them your support when they get open!
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa, Chickasaw being one of them. They have senior centers spread across these counties, each one with a meal program. Most of these sites prepare hot meals, delivered by volunteers. Their home delivered meals are delivered Monday-Friday over the lunch hour. They are seeking volunteers to pick up meals at the site and personally deliver them to homebound community members in our area.
While the number of meals that need to be delivered may vary from place to place, the typical time commitment is from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to deliver meals whenever they can, whether it's every week day or once a month.
If this volunteer opportunity interests you, place contact Kim Hinz, 319-874-6863.
If you have any questions, contact City Hall at 394-5906.
For the homebuyer we have a Homebuyer Workshop packed with activities and information to determine how much house you can afford, who the players are in the home buying process, identify assistance programs, and get you into the mortgage product that is right for you. The course also introduces what to expect as a new homeowner.
The Money Mapper is the budget counseling course. It offers activities and information to help identify where your money is going and how to take control of your finances. Make Your Money Move with The Money Mapper.
Both courses continue to be available free of charge. Please register by contacting NEICAC Housing at 563-382-8436 (ext 151 for Jeremy, ext 109 for Lesa) or email email@example.com.
For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571.
The New Hampton Compost Site located at 2130 Odessa Ave will open on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Hours for the site will be:
Tuesday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Fees will be: $2.00 per licensed vehicle or trailer; $5.00 per dump truck load
Compost will be picked up curbside on Friday, April 8, 2016 and compost and brush (no longer then 4 feet) will be picked up on Friday, April 22, 2016. No barrels will be picked up.
Kevin Spire, a volunteer with the Iowa Genealogical Society will conduct a beginning genealogy class on from at the New Hampton Public Library. The title of the class is Finding Your Roots - A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy.
The class covers organizing your information - forms, charts, physical storage of papers and an overview of software programs. We'll also discuss how to evaluate sources and learn about the pitfalls of relying on others research, both online and in books. We'll explore genealogy websites and work through some basic building blocks of genealogy, including your personal family items and census records. Attendees are encouraged to bring birth and death dates and locations for their grandparents or great-grandparents so we can try to locate more information about them. When we're done, everyone should have a good idea on how to start, where to go for more information and how much fun family research can be.
Class is restricted to 20 participants and you can save your place by calling (641) 394-2184.
Chicos is a small business counselor for NICC SBDC. Her background includes small business ownership, non-profit start-up, teaching, employment & training, and counseling. Chicos will provide advice for those thinking of starting a business. Existing business owners may receive assistance on topics such as expansion challenges or marketing issues. Chicos's visit to New Hampton is sponsored by New Hampton Economic Development, NICC, and the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN), which consists of economic development staffers from Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.
Participants from throughout the county interested in the free counseling session should contact New Hampton Economic Development at 641-394-2437 to make an appointment.