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Best States for Business

Posted: Fri, December 28, 2012
Iowa is ranked in the top 10 for Best States for Business!  Ranked at #10 in 2011, Iowa holds its #10 spot for best states for business.

Iowa has transformed its agricultural economy over the past 50 years to a diversified one that includes manufacturing, food processing, financial services and biotechnology. Des Moines is a major financial services hub with big employers like Principal Financial and Wells Fargo. Iowa managed the recession better than most with a recent unemployment rate of just 5.1%. Iowa scores strongly on regulatory environment and business costs, which are 14% below the national average.

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Attention Veterans

Posted: Wed, December 26, 2012
A Veterans' Employment Specialist will be at the New Hampton Economic Development Office, 112 East Spring St.; January 02, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Services available include job coaching, vocational counseling, and referrals to employment, training and education opportunities. There is no charge for these services.

For an appointment or more information dial: (563) 556-5800 or toll-free in Iowa: 1-866-227-9874.

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New State Program Addresses Skilled Workforce Shortage

Posted: Wed, December 19, 2012
An estimated 4,400 students will be the first recipients of a new state grant program aimed at increasing the number of skilled workers in the state, according to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid).

The Iowa Skilled Workforce Tuition Grant is also referred to as the Kibbie Grant after former Iowa Senate President Jack Kibbie, who sponsored the bill that created the grant during the 2012 session.  An additional $5 million was provided in the education appropriations bill to fund the grant for Iowa students enrolled in specified vocational-technical or career option programs at Iowa community colleges.

Iowa Workforce Development estimates that some 50 percent of all jobs in the state required an associate's degree, certification, or apprenticeship training, but only 33 percent of Iowa workers have such skills.

"Iowa employers have jobs they need to fill, but the state doesn't currently have the skilled workforce needed," stated Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid, the agency responsible for the administration of the program.  "The Kibbie Grant is a win-win for everyone.  It provides much needed financial assistance to students at our community colleges while helping to increase the number of skilled workers needed in job shortage fields."

The minimum Kibbie Grant award is one-half of the average Iowa community college tuition and mandatory fees per year for up to two years in education.  Part-time students may be eligible for pro-rated amounts.

To be eligible, a student must:
•    Be an Iowa resident.
•    Be enrolled in at least three credit hours in a qualified program of study at an Iowa community college.
•    File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before July 1 of    each year.
•    Demonstrate a high level of financial need.

More information about the Kibbie Grant, including the qualified programs of study that were identified by both Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa's community college presidents, can be found on Iowa College Aid's website, www.IowaCollegeAid.gov. For more information about other resources available to help families plan, prepare and pay for college, please contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456.  

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Positive Publicity for New Hampton!

Posted: Wed, November 28, 2012
Did you see the story KWWL did on the Blue Iris & Bluetique?  Click on the link below to see the story!

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Positive Publicity for New Hampton!

Posted: Wed, November 28, 2012
Did you see the story KWWL did on the Blue Iris & Bluetique?  Click on the link below to see the story!

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Bluetique Is OPEN!

Posted: Tue, November 20, 2012
Bluetique, the new clothing store in New Hampton, is now open for business!  They are located in the old Car Quest building, on S. Walnut. 

Stop in and check out what they have to offer!
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Cedar Valley Iowa Realty

Posted: Thu, November 8, 2012
Cedar Valley Iowa Realty is open for business!  They are located in the building next to Rochford Insurance. 

They will be having their ribbon cutting November 16 at 10 am with a grand opening that day from 10 am - noon.  Stop in and welcome our newest business to New Hampton!
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Veterans' Employment Specialist

Posted: Wed, November 7, 2012
A veterans' employment specialist will be in our office (New Hampton Economic Development) every first Wednesday of the month from 10 am - 11:30 am.

Services available include job coaching, vocational counseling, and referrals to employment, training and education opportunities.  There is no charge for these services.  For an appointment or more information call 1-866-227-9874.
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Hamilton Place

Posted: Tue, November 6, 2012
The Schwickerath's, Chip, Darlene, Jonas, & Megan, are working right along on the new apartments & office space in the old Clinic building by the Elementary School.

They will have a total of four 2-bedroom apartments and possibly one 1-bedroom apartment.  The apartments are elderly-friendly as they are ground level.  In the building, they will also have a couple offices.

The two apartments they are working on now, are about complete, and are spoken for.  Once these two are done, they will work on the other two 2-bedroom apartments.  

Once the apartments are finished, they have plans to build a garage for the tenants.  If you are interested in renting one of the apartments, contact them at 394-3191.

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ATEK Video

Posted: Fri, November 2, 2012
New to our Web site - ATEK Precision Casting's video on their company! 

Check it out - http://newhamptonia.com/ATEK-precision-casting.html
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Chickasaw Community Foundation Grant

Posted: Wed, October 24, 2012
The Chickasaw County Community Foundation is announcing that Applications for the community grant(s) will be beginning on November 1, 2012. To apply for this year's grant with the Chickasaw County Community Foundation go to:


All grants must be submitted online.  No mail-in applications will be accepted.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the Chickasaw County Community Foundation - Ken Benning, Ray Bina, Sue Cutsforth, Kendra Crooks, Linda Anderson, Dave Geerts, Dianna Engelbrecht, Donna Geerts, John Huegel, Barb Jensen, Linda Kobliska, Cindy Lantow, Brian Moore, Rebecca Neal, Jonas Schwickerath.

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Great Plays Daycare Donations

Posted: Wed, October 17, 2012
Last Saturday, October 13, several Rotary members helped clean up and do some repairs at Great Plays Daycare. They are a non-profit organization and are struggling to keep going with limited funds.  They rely on donations in addition to tuition.

If you would like to donate, below is a list of items they could use.  Of course, monetary donations are always accepted as well.  Donations can be dropped off at the Daycare Center from 6 am - 6 pm.  You may also mail donations to:  Great Plays Daycare Center, 485 S Linn Ave, New Hampton IA 50659.

Graham crackers- cinnamon or plain
Cheese flavored crackers
Snack crackers (Ritz type)
Rice cakes- I usually buy the caramel flavored
Cream of Mushroom soup
Tomato soup
Cereal- first ingredient must be whole grain
Instant mashed potatoes
Instant brown rice
Unsweetened applesauce
Animal crackers- not frosted
Cut green beans
Whole kernel corn
Pork & beans
Poptarts- not frosted if available
Tomato sauce- 6 oz cans
Lasagna noodles
Spaghetti noodles
Egg noodles
Macaroni noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Canned pineapple in natural juice
Canned pears in natural juice or light syrup
Canned peaches in natural juice or light syrup
Fruit cocktail in natural juice or light syrup
Taco seasoning mix
Gravy mix
Creamy peanut butter
Muffin mix- blueberry, apple or berry
Muffin liners
Baby food- rice cereal, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes. Must be single ingredient!
Laundry detergent
Dish soap
Dishwasher detergent
Saran wrap
Ziplock bags - gallon and sandwich size
Garbage bags- 13 gallon-tall kitchen size
65 watt flood light bulbs
fabric softener sheets
Totes in variety of sizes
Kwik Star or Fareway gift cards

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Homemade Soup or Chili Cook Off

Posted: Wed, October 10, 2012
Homemade Soup or Chili Cook Off Contest
Sunday November 4, 2012

Part of New Hampton Holiday Open House & Extravaganza

The contest is open to the public but is limited to the first 10 entries!  You may enter your favorite homemade soup or chili.  You do not need to be present to win! 


*2 crockpots of soup/chili
*Drop off soup/chili between 11 am - noon on Sunday Nov. 4
*Bring your recipe when you bring your soup/chili in
*Pick up your crockpots Monday Nov. 5  

To enter, contact Megan at New Hampton Economic Development at 641-394-2437 or nheconomic@windstream.net.  Register by October 22.

Prizes Awarded:

1st Place - $50 gift certificate
2nd Place - $25 gift certificate
3rd Place - $10 gift certificate
*All from Big Ed's Firehouse.

Soup & Chili Cook off is sponsored by:  New Horizons Chamber, New Hampton Tribune, and Big Ed's Firehouse.

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New Iowa DOT Building

Posted: Mon, October 8, 2012
According to Randy Taylor, district operations manager, New Hampton will begin construction of a new IDOT Administration building with a construction office and maintenance garage.  The Iowa DOT has purchased 22 acres on the south side of New Hampton directly behind LS Supply and across the road from ATEK.  This $5.2 million job is set to go out to bid this winter with construction to begin next spring/summer.  

Below are a couple pictures of the ground the new building & garage will sit on.

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Thank You!

Posted: Fri, October 5, 2012
Thanks to all that came out and joined us at the Debi Durham luncheon yesterday!  She was very impressed by the number of people in all areas of business & industry that support the Economic Development efforts in New Hampton.  The great attendance we had really showed Debi our community pride!

Below are a few photos of what we consider a very successful event.

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Inside Story: ATEK Precision Casting

Posted: Tue, October 2, 2012
ATEK Precision Castings is a world leading supplier of complex aluminum castings.  The majority of ATEK's business is working with the power sports, marine, and industrial industries and supplying castings to Fortune 500 level companies. While its foundry roots date back over 60 years, ATEK began its operations in New Hampton in 2006.

Commitment to delivering superior quality castings through the use of advanced simulation modeling, tooling design, and state-of-the-art casting equipment has served the company well in the past and has positioned it to continue to grow in the future.  ATEK is a privately held company driven to provide its customers with industry leading quality, delivery and one-stop-shopping for finished, cast components.

ATEK specializes in permanent mold castings.  Utilizing low pressure permanent mold and gravity pour mold processes, the products have high structural integrity, are pressure tight, and are able to meet high cosmetic standards. To ensure the high quality standards, a metallurgical laboratory is used for Chemical Analysis and Mechanical Testing.  In addition, Non-Destructive Testing and Dimensional Verification such as laser scanning are all done in the facility as well. Looking ahead, the company continues to look to add more people to support its growth and add to the over 130 people it currently employs.

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Posted: Fri, September 28, 2012
Construction is underway at the old Car Quest building for the new clothing store in New Hampton!  The name of the store will be "Blue" and will be run by Julie Winter-Havel of The Blue Iris.  We are very excited for this addition to our community.

The tentative open date is set for the first of November.  Just in time to buy all your holiday gifts!

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Farmer's Market Thank You

Posted: Fri, September 28, 2012
Tammy, Rick, and Megan would like to thank all the vendors as well as the customers for making our first revamped season of the Farmer's Market such a success!  We were very impressed at how well it went over & thankful for all the wonderful compliments we got!  We will work to make next year bigger & better and hope you will all come back!!

Below are a few pictures from the Farmer's Market.  Thank you Merle Schwickerath for these!
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Shopko Hometown

Posted: Wed, September 26, 2012
They are moving right along at Shopko!  Crews are working to get all of the new product on the shelves.  Below are a few pictures of the work-in-progress.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Shopko will be Thursday October 18, 2012 at 8:30 am.  All are encouraged to attend!

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Vote YES to Help out OUR Community!

Posted: Mon, September 24, 2012
Attached please read the Hotel/Motel Tax Fact Sheet.

Please VOTE YES - this will help our community and it won't cost you - the local taxpayer!

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The New Billboard is UP!

Posted: Thu, September 20, 2012
The new billboard on Hwy 18 by Omega is up and it looks awesome!  Drive by and check it out!  The new billboard is part of our marketing campaign.

We would like to thank Sandy's Sign Shop for doing a great job making the sign; Light Plant employees Norm Knutson & Jim Wolfe for putting the sign up for us; and Travis at Omega for storing the sign until it was put up.  

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Debi Durham Bio

Posted: Wed, September 19, 2012
Deborah V. Durham BIO

Governor Terry E. Branstad appointed Debi Durham Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development in January 2011.  As one of her first orders of business, Debi worked with the Governor and legislators to restructure the department to create a public-private partnership to update and improve Iowa's delivery of economic development services.
That led to the creation of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress - the umbrella organization for the new structure.  Debi now serves as the Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the public arm that replaces IDED and oversees the traditional economic development programs. 

Prior to leading Iowa's economic development initiatives, she served as President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce since July 1995.  She also served as President of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development corporation serving the tri-state metropolitan area, and the Siouxland Chamber Foundation.  In both 2007 and 2008, TSI was recognized as one of the "Top-Ten" economic development groups in the nation.

In June 2009, the Downtown Rotary Club in Sioux City recognized Durham as their Key Way award winner.  The annual recipient is recognized as a local leader who has "contributed greatly to the health and prosperity of the area through business and community involvement."  Durham was also recognized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as one of "Five Iowa Women You Should Know" in 2007.  In 2003, she was named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and was the Republican Lt. Gubernatorial candidate in 2002. 

Debi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Marketing and Management degree from Missouri Southern State University.  Durham and her husband Joel have two children, Beau and Jordan.

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Debi Durham Visit

Posted: Tue, September 18, 2012
It has taken us almost a year but we finally have Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, lined up to spend the day in New Hampton!! This is no small feat and it is our chance to showcase not only what New Hampton already has but it gives us the opportunity to show her our existing industrial park and the land we have available for development. We have to show her New Hampton should be at the top of her list for new business & industry as well as programs the state is testing or already has in place.

She will be here on Thursday, October 4th and we need you to participate! We will have a luncheon at 11:30 at the Pinicon and Debi will address some of the programs/changes in the department. The meal will be potato/taco bar at a charge of $8.00 per person and can be paid at the door.

Please RSVP to Tammy or Megan, by calling 641-394-2437. You can also email Tammy at nhampton@iowatelecom.net or Megan at nheconomic@windstream.net by Monday, October 1, 2012.

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UNI Career Fair

Posted: Tue, September 11, 2012
This coming Monday, September 17, Megan will be participating in the UNI Career Fair.  She will be directing everyone walking through the fair to our Web site for employment opportunities.  If you have jobs you haven't listed with us yet, make you get them to Megan so these potential employees can see them!
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Start Up And Small Business Win $5,000

Posted: Wed, September 5, 2012
Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley - Contest Call for Entries

This year's Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley Contest is underway.  Submit your business idea online starting Tuesday, September 4 through September 18.  See contest rules.


For-profit start-up and small businesses providing value-added production or services in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy and Tama counties are eligible to apply.  Online Popular Voting Begins September 21st through October 5th.     Get Contestants Tips Here  -  http://www.myentre.net/tabId/75/itemId/858/Grant-Money-for-Iowans-to-Start-or-Expand-Their-Bu.aspx

Top 5 businesses by popular online voting will face off for $5,000 on October 18, 2012 at the Cedar Valley Innovation Day.  The Cedar Valley Pitch-Off winner will advance to the statewide Pitch-Off for an additional $10,000 the Spring 2013.

Everyone is a Winner…..Top 15 businesses by popular online voting are invited to set up a table at the Cedar Valley Innovation Day on October 18, 2012 to showcase their product or service at no charge!

More about Cedar Valley Innovation Day:   http://cedarvalleyalliance.com/cms/238/Cedar_Valley_Innovation_Day

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Compost Site

Posted: Wed, June 26, 2019
Beginning July 1st the compost site fees and hours will be changing to the following:

Tuesday & Thursday: 3-7pm or Dusk
Saturday: 9am- 1pm

Fees:  $5 per vehicle or single axle trailer
         $10 per double axle trailer
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Jendro July 4th Collection

Posted: Fri, June 7, 2019
All Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday routes will run on regular schedule.

All Thursday, July 4th routes will be collected on Friday, July 5th.

All trash & recycling MUST be out by 5:00 AM or it will not be collected.
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DEB EL Food Products LLC

Posted: Tue, May 21, 2019
Great afternoon meeting the owners of DEB EL Food Products LLC.  DEB EL Food Products LLC is the new company taking ownership of the former Sparboe Foods facility.  Thank you for your investment in our community!  Stay tuned for more information to be released soon.
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