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10 States with Best Quality of Life

Posted: Tue, October 7, 2014
Iowa is ranked the 4th best state for quality of life!  The OECD rated Iowa better than all but a few states for its jobs climate and safety. Just 5.2% of the workforce was unemployed last year, and the homicide rate — 1.4 per 100,000 — was lower than every state except New Hampshire. Iowa residents also had the benefit of a productive renewable energy sector, with greater production of renewable energy than all but two other states as of 2012. The majority of renewable energy output came from 476 trillion BTUs of biodiesel produced that year, which was more than any other state.

To read the whole article, click on the following link:

http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/10/06/the-10-states-with-the-best-quality-of-life/3/
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Grants Available

Posted: Tue, September 30, 2014
Tomorrow, October 1 will be the opening date for three grants affecting New Hampton & Chickasaw County. 

The LMI Grant will be available for New Hampton residents (see http://www.newhamptonia.com/news/lowmoderate-income-housing-grant-2014-09-17.html for more information).

The Hotel-Motel Grant will be available for New Hampton & Chickasaw County tax-exempt, non-profit entities (see http://www.newhamptonia.com/hotel-motel-grant-application.html for more information).

Chickasaw County Community Foundation grant will be available for Chickasaw County tax-exempt, non-profit entities (see http://www.cfneia.org/affiliates/ChickasawCounty/grants for more information).
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Now accepting credit & debit card payments

Posted: Mon, September 22, 2014
The City of New Hampton will be accepting credit and debit card payments as of September 25th!
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Low-Moderate Income Housing Grant

Posted: Wed, September 17, 2014
The City of New Hampton is taking applications for a Housing Repair Program that will be administered by the City. Common repairs may include roofs, a furnace, windows, doors, electrical upgrade, water heaters and other plumbing repairs. Approved projects must have a minimum cost estimate of $1,000, but no project shall receive more than $7,500 from the City.

The deadline to submit applications to City Hall is December 1, 2014. Homeowners must meet certain requirements to be eligible to participate in the grant program. In general, applicants must own or be buying the home, be current on their property tax and utility payments and the gross household income cannot exceed an established income ceiling based on household size. Contact the City Clerk's office, 112 E Spring St, 641-394-5906, for an application and the income limits.
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Notice: Tree Trimming

Posted: Wed, September 3, 2014
NOTICE:

The City Code of the City of New Hampton states that the owner or occupant of the abutting property shall keep the trees on, or overhanging the street trimmed so that all branches will be at least 12 feet about the surface of the street and eight feet above the sidewalks. If the abutting property owner fails to trim or maintain trees within a prescribed period of time, the City will trim the trees.

If you have trees that are in violation of the City Code, please have them trimmed by September 21, 2014 so the City will not have to take action.
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A Students Perspective

Posted: Fri, August 29, 2014
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School Facility Tour

Posted: Wed, August 27, 2014
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. If you are not able to tour the current elementary and middle school on Thursday evening, here is a video.
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Community Meeting

Posted: Wed, August 20, 2014
Get your questions about the school building project answered at the next community meeting to be held on August 28th at 6:30 in the middle school auditorium.  There will be a tour of the building at 6:00 and the meeting will start with a short presentation and then time will be provided to answer any questions that still may exist.
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Treasure Chest Addition

Posted: Tue, August 19, 2014
Exciting things are happening at New Hampton Comprehensive Systems (Treasure Chest)!  They are in the process of adding a 80' x 46' addition to their existing building.  Comprehensive Systems is a non-profit business.  Their goal for this project is to raise $250,000.  The funds received for this project will go towards building costs.  This expansion will help them have more space in the donation area & give them a larger processing area.  Day Habilitation Services support individuals in developing or maintaining life skills or skills for community integration.  The added space will allow additional room for Day Hab individuals.  So far Comprehensive Systems has raised $64,717 of their $250,000 goal and they need your help to raise the rest! 

Comprehensive Systems is having a Grain Raffle.  They are raffling a grain wagon with approximately 400 bushel of corn, valued at approximately $2,000 (market value as of 10/1/14).  The drawing will be held October 1, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Sleep Inn in Charles City.  You can purchase raffle tickets at the Treasure Chest in New Hampton or Charles City.  1 raffle ticket for $5 or 7 raffle tickets for $20.

For more information about donating to this project, contact Peg Testroet at 641-394-3344 or pegtestroet@comprehensivesystems.org.
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KIDS Committee - Community Impact

Posted: Thu, August 14, 2014
Research indicates that quality public schools can help make states and localities more economically competitive.
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KIDS Committee - Safety Concerns

Posted: Tue, August 12, 2014
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KIDS Committee - Collaborative Learning

Posted: Mon, August 11, 2014
"It is the responsibility of every community to build a better future for our students." ~Margaret Mead
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KIDS Committee

Posted: Tue, August 5, 2014
KIDS - Keep Improving District Schools

As the September 9 voting date nears, stay tuned to our web site & the KIDS Committee Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newhamptonkids) for videos & information regarding the proposed school project.  We encourage you all to get informed and go to the polls to vote on September 9. 

"Education is the best investment we can make- one that pays off in countless dividends, for us, for our children, and for our society... If we hope to maintain or improve the quality of life in our communities, attract new industries, and continue to prosper as a nation, top-notch schools are essential." (American Association of School Administrators 1999)
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Required Employer Posters

Posted: Mon, July 28, 2014
If you are looking for the updated posters that are required to be hung at each place of business, please see the link below.  We (Economic Development) will no longer have these available out of our office, but you can print them off of the site below.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

http://www.iowaworks.org/reqposters.htm

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Mercy Medical - Top 20 Best Practices

Posted: Tue, July 22, 2014
Congratulations Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton!  We are grateful to have you in our community!

Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton has merited Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation among all 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the nation. The National Rural Health Association considers Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton to be an exemplar in best practices in all of rural health care.

"We are truly honored to be named a Top 20 CAH for quality. Every day, our employees deliver quality care with leadership from our medical staff to assure the best outcomes for patients," stated Dr. Paul McQuillen.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Mercy-New Hampton, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength IndexTM for Quality. The Quality index is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures. The quality of care provided in Acute Myocardial Infraction (Heart Attack), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure, Surgical Care and Outpatient measures is indexed across the range of national performance for each measure. The index scores are averaged to produce a single composite score.

"The award recognizes the hard work and commitment to quality that every one of Mercy's staff members, medical staff providers and volunteers have," expressed Bruce Roesler, Mercy - New Hampton CEO. "It is a confirmation of the strides we've made turning Mercy - New Hampton into one of the best rural hospitals in northeast Iowa."

About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.TM is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health AnalyticsTM integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers' timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.
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Mercy Medical Center - Hearing Test

Posted: Thu, July 17, 2014
Mercy Medical Center-NH is pleased to announce they have implemented hearing (audiometric) testing.  This testing is designed to help preserve and protect the hearing of individuals.  These individuals range from farmers to those that work in manufacturing, truck drivers or anyone that could be at risk of hearing related complaints/symptoms.  This testing is designed to perform at baseline or on a regular basis to detect trends in hearing capability.
 
Brittany Rethamel and Jordan Anderson both recently obtained their Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC) credential.  Many businesses depend upon certified clinicians who conduct audiometric testing as part of the hearing conservation team to help prevent hearing loss among workers.  Testing costs $42 per person.  Businesses and industries are encouraged to call for contracted pricing based on the number of annual tests.  For more information, please call Mercy's Therapy Department, 641-394-1616.
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Disaster Funds

Posted: Wed, July 16, 2014
News Release:  July 15, 2014

Individual Grant Assistance Funds for Chickasaw County Residents
 
(New Hampton) - Chickasaw County residents affected by the severe storms beginning June 26th may be eligible to apply for individual grant assistance to cover losses experienced due to the severe storms and associated flooding.  To qualify, households must be located within the disaster declaration area, and must meet income guidelines.
 
The program provides up to $5,000 per household to cover repairs, debris removal, furnace or water heater work, replacement of lost or spoiled food, and other household losses.
 
Households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline as shown below:
 
# in HH Maximum gross yearly income
1               $23,340
2               $31,460
3               $39,580
4               $47,700
 
Each additional household member add $8,120
 
Or the applicant must currently receive a benefit from the Iowa Department of Human Services, such as WIC, food assistance, Medicaid, FIP assistance, or child care assistance.
 
Because the eligibility process established for this program is complex, Chickasaw County residents who may benefit from this assistance are encouraged to contact the NEICAC Chickasaw County Family Service Office in New Hampton at (641) 394-2007 to begin the application process or they can contact NEICAC's Director of Community Outreach & Development directly at (563) 382-8436 (Decorah).
 
Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2014, or until all funding provided for this program has been expended.
 
For more information contact:
 
David P. Boss
Director of Community Outreach & Development
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
(563) 382-8436
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Public Schools & Economic Development

Posted: Tue, July 15, 2014
Below is a published study about public schools & their direct effect on economic development in your community.  With the school bond vote coming up in September, we thought this was a great article on the impact a new school would have on our community!

Research indicates that quality public schools can help make states & localities more economically competitive. 
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NH Farmer's Market Ice Cream Night!

Posted: Thu, July 3, 2014
Join us for FREE Soft Serve Ice Cream!
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New Hampton Job Fair

Posted: Wed, June 4, 2014
New Hampton Economic Development and IowaWORKS will be sponsoring a Job Fair on Tuesday, June 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the New Hampton High School. This is open to the public.
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Online Marketing Lunch & Learn

Posted: Wed, May 28, 2014
Join us Monday, June 23 for an Online Marketing Lunch & Learn at Big's Eds.  The cost of the lunch & learn will be $10.  Get all your web site & social media questions answered!

To register, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonsChamber/app_1424338834502940 or call the Chamber office at 641-394-2021.

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FREE CNA Class!

Posted: Fri, May 16, 2014
Earn $10-$12 per hour in just 2 months!

FREE Orientation!
Tuesday, May 20   4-6 p.m.
Zip's Truck Equipment
316 W Milwaukee St, New Hampton

  •     Learn about jobs as a Certified Nurse Aide
  •     Tour facilities and meet the human resources staff of New Hampton Nursing & Rehab
  •     Find out more about the application process
  •     Discover how you can earn a certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements
  •     This orientation is mandatory for program participants

Does a career as a Certified Nurse Aide interest you?  Applicants are needed for the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program at Northeast Iowa Community College.  Participates will complete the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program in 80 hours and will have an opportunity to meet NICC's employer sponsor, New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

To register or for more information, call 800-728-2256 ext 399
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NICC FUN Spring Classes!

Posted: Fri, May 2, 2014
NICC OFFERS GARDEN ART: LEAF CASTING CLASS

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the two-session class, "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), on Wednesday, June 4 and 11, at the Schoenfeld residence, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue, New Hampton.  Leaf casting, the use of real foliage as a concrete mold, is a creative process that captures the organic beauty of nature in a durable piece of art for your yard or garden. In addition to its attractiveness, when filled with water, a cast leaf basin attracts birds and other wildlife.

During the first session, students will choose from a variety of leaf types and put their castings to dry and cure until the second session. The following week, the cast basins are resealed and students paint them for outdoor use. A supply fee of $30 is due to the instructor at the first session.

To register online for "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.

NICC OFFERS SPRING FABRIC WREATH CLASS

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013) on May 20 at the City Hall Community Room #112, located on East Spring Street, New Hampton.  This is the perfect class for community members who are ready to update their home décor for the fresh, new spring season. Using fabric with the latest designs, patterns and colors, participants learn a knotting technique to create a welcoming keepsake wreath to display.

Join instructor Megan Gleason and invite friends to the class. A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at the first session and covers all the class materials.

To register online for "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.
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NICC Offers...

Posted: Mon, April 28, 2014
NICC OFFERS…….

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "A Garden in a Can" (#29892) on May 8, 2014 at Morris Landscaping and Garden Center from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring is finally here!  Create a beautiful and easy-care container garden using a colorful watering can as your planter. You'll learn about and choose a Proven Winner or other popular annual flower, use the right techniques to pot it up with soil, and top off your creation with decorator moss.  Finally, you can add pizazz to your watering can with colorful vinyl stickers that you "punch out". A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at class, and covers all the materials you need.  Just bring your green thumb!

To register online for "A Garden in a Can" (#29892), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.

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Summer Lunch Program

Posted: Thu, April 3, 2014
The Summer Feeding Program will run from June 2nd- June 27th 2014. This is a FREE lunch provided for any and all kids ages 1-18. The lunch is being provided by the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Children are able to come & pick up their free lunch at the New Hampton Park & Recreation Office located at 112 East Spring Street. Lunch can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 11-1pm. If a child is unable to pick up his/her lunch, a family member or friend is also able to pick it up for them. You must register your son/daughter if you would like them to receive the free lunch.  For further questions or to register, contact Tara at Park & Rec, 641-394-5464.  See poster below for more details.
 

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FedEx Launches Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

Posted: Wed, February 20, 2019

FedEx Launches Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

$220,500 in Total Cash and Prizes Up for Grabs in 2019 Contest


MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 19, 2019—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today announced the launch of its seventh annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offers grants and services to ten U.S. based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $220,500—the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012. In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise. Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

·       Grand prize: One (1) winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services

·       Silver prize: One (1) winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

·       Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

"We know it's difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle" said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. "That's why we are proud to offer our top ten winners so much more than just the funds to help them grow their businesses. This year, our winners will receive much needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business - and we will stay on with them as a trusted advisor as they take their businesses to the next level."

The 2018 contest garnered nearly 665,000 votes and attracted more than 7,800 candidates from across the United States. Grand Prize winner Rumi Spice, a small Chicago-based business that sources and brings to market premier saffron from the fields of Afghanistan, was founded by former Army officer Keith Alaniz and two friends who, while serving in the war-torn country, realized the need to provide economic alternatives to opium farming for the Afghan people. In the year since they took home the grand prize in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, Rumi Spice has used their winnings to greatly improve their supply chain logistics, as they transport the saffron out of Afghanistan and bring it to Chicago where it is then packaged and sent to Michelin star restaurants and consumers all over the US.

 Over the past seven years, 24,000 businesses have entered the contest in the United States alone. The contest has now grown from one country to eleven countries and the grant pool for the US contest has grown from $50,000 to $220,500 in total cash prizes.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have less than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo. While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second "elevator speech" video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open from February 19 to March 25, 2019, with voting to take place from February 27 to April 1, 2019.  Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 29, 2019 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.
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New Hampton Showcase of Homes

Posted: Mon, January 21, 2019

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Thanksgiving Garbage Pickup

Posted: Fri, November 16, 2018
Garbage pickup for the week of November 12th is as follows:
Tuesday's Residential will be normal (Nov. 20)
Thursday's Residential will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 21st. Please have all materials out by 5:00am for collection. Happy Thanksgiving!
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