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A $100,000 factory job. What's uncool about that?

Posted: Fri, August 17, 2012
We are not the only City looking for employees.  Click on the link below to read the article.  

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/100-000-factory-job-whats-154000356.html?goback=%2Egde_126289_member_139185852



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Cost of Living Analysis

Posted: Tue, August 14, 2012
Why Iowa? New Hampton vs. Dubuque & Chicago

1. Monthly Rent
New Hampton (1BR/2 BR) = $400)   $4,800
Dubuque (1BR/2BR = $700-$900) $8,400-$10,800
Chicago (1BR/2BR = $1,675-$2,200) $20,100-$26,400

Apartment Savings in New Hampton vs. Dubuque & Chicago = $3,600 - $21,600 per year

2. Monthly Parking
New Hampton - FREE
Dubuque ($45 x 12) = $540
Chicago Loop ($350 x 12) = $4,200

Parking savings in New Hampton vs. Dubuque & Chicago = $540 - $4,200 per year

So with rent and parking you save $4,140 - $6,540 in NH vs. Dubuque and
In rent and parking you save $19,500 - $25,800 in NH vs. Chicago.

3. Commute Time
New Hampton (14 min round trip daily x 5) = 1.1 hours per week
Dubuque (25 min round trip daily x 5) = 2.1 hours per week
Chicago (2 hours round trip min daily) = 5 days x 2 hrs = 10 hours per week/40 hours per month/480 hours per year in commute only!! You spend 20 full days a year commuting when you live in Chicago.

4. Big Fish in a Smaller Pond
Young professionals and seasoned executives can make a big impact quicker in IA vs. Chicago/NYC (Career, Community Involvement etc.)


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"Blue"

Posted: Tue, August 7, 2012
The Blue Iris has some exciting news to share! They will be expanding! Julie Winter-Havel will be expanding her business into the old Car Quest building. The store will be called "Blue" & will be primarily clothing with a few accessories like jewelry, belts, & scarves. Julie will carry both men's & women's clothing. Remodeling of the building is set to begin any day with hopes to have the new store open by fall.

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IDC/Chamber Golf Outing

Posted: Fri, July 20, 2012
The Industrial Development Corporation and the New Horizons-Chamber have once again decided to team up and offer a social to all our members and their employees. Attached is a flyer for the second annual 18 Hole - 4 Person Best Shot Golf Outing on August 20th. This will be a fun social that will give many the opportunity to visit with other New Hampton business and industry employees.  All are welcome! Please join us for some fun!
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Burn Ban

Posted: Mon, July 16, 2012
Per the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department Facebook page:

Beginning 17 July 2012 @ 1000 AM until proclamation is revoked, Chickasaw County will be under a burn ban. Open burning is prohibited per Iowa Code 100.40.
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Experts Say Rural America Thriving

Posted: Mon, July 16, 2012
Encouraging News for small towns like New Hampton!  Read the article below.

Expert says Rural America Thriving

Slow death of small towns exaggerated, according to U of M research fellow

July 14, 2012

 By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

LAMBERTON - The Southwest Regional Development Commission welcomed rural optimist Ben Winchester as a special guest speaker at its annual meeting on Thursday night in Lamberton.

Winchester is a research fellow at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality and was invited to speak to the nine-county regional association about the "brain gain" in rural Minnesota.

Winchester has been studying population trends in rural areas of the region, and he says the news is good in spite of a lot of gloom-and-doom about the death of small towns foretold by the closing of businesses, hospitals, schools and churches.

"The research base does not support the notion that if X closes the town dies," Winchester said. "Only three Minnesota towns have dissolved in the past century. It's not our fault the rural economy is restructuring due to globalization. Not every town can be a regional center."

What the data shows is that though the rural population has been declining in terms of relative percentages because of urban growth, the number of people living in rural areas has been increasing in terms of absolute numbers since 1970.

Between 1990 and 1999, 2.2 million more Americans moved from the city to the country than vice versa. One in five Americans still live in rural areas, and studies consistently show that about 51 percent of Americans surveyed say they'd like to live in a more rural area or small town.

Furthermore, the statistics about rural population loss are skewed by the fact that formerly rural areas get reclassified as "urban" as they thrive and population increases, Winchester said.

Population loss from small town America is largely in the 20- to 24-year-old age cohort, according to Winchester. But the loss of young people is offset by the gain in people in three over-30 age cohorts, who are better educated, have marketable skills, are often self-employed and most importantly bring their children with them.

Studies about the newcomers revealed some surprising things.

"Only one-third of newcomers have a previous connection to the area," Winchester said. "Sixty-eight percent have at least a bachelors degree, 67 percent have incomes higher than $50,000 and 51 percent have children. They are generally leaving a career and are underemployed in their current situation. Employment is not a factor in their move, quality of life trumps all."

Newcomers who participated in the study cited three factors: a slower pace of life, safety and security and the low cost of housing.

Furthermore, the migration of educated and skilled people to rural areas has been occurring without anyone doing anything to encourage it.

"We continually hear that people want control of their lives again," Winchester said. "It's like a rebirth of the American experience."

Winchester finished his talk by outlining possible strategies for small towns to get information to and create personal connections with potential newcomers and get them involved in community leadership roles.

"I don't want to use the term 'brain drain' anymore," Winchester said.

© Copyright 2012 Marshall Independent. All rights reserved.

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Gardening Questions?

Posted: Wed, July 11, 2012
Looking for answers to your gardening/agriculteral questions? We have help! Thursday July 19th Bob Hauer from the Iowa State Extension Outreach Club will be at NH FARMERS MARKET to answer all your questions! Don't forget to pick up some fresh produce & baked goods while you're there!
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Update on Street Restoration Project

Posted: Fri, June 29, 2012
There was a construction meeting held this week to go over the progress of the street restoration project in New Hampton.  So far they feel they are right on schedule. 

They are currently working on all the underground work.  The underground work has to be completed before they can start the cracking, seating & paving process.  The target date (weather pending) to have the underground work done is the end of July.  They will then start the cracking, seating, & paving process.
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Pamida Transition

Posted: Mon, June 25, 2012
According to Pamida manager Don Boeck, Pamida has started transitioning over to a Shopko.  By mid-October Pamida will officially be a Shopko.  The Pharmacy will remain OPEN through the entire transition and will keep their NORMAL hours.

As part of the process, Pamida has started liquidating their merchandise.  Some items are up to 30% off.  Come mid-September they will start remodeling the store one section at a time and hope to keep at least part of the store open during this time.

We know this could cause some inconvenience but please be patient through this process as the new Shopko store will be a great addition to our community!

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We Made It on KWWL News!

Posted: Thu, June 21, 2012
Did you see us on the KWWL news Monday night & Tuesday?  If not, check out the link below!

We did a story about all the JOBS that are available!

http://www.kwwl.com/story/18829517/small-iowa-communities-were-hiring
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Chickasaw County Food Pantry

Posted: Mon, June 11, 2012
The Chickasaw County Food Pantry (New Hampton) would like to thank the community for the generous donations they receive.  "Compared to other food pantries, we are very fortunate for all the donations, food & monetary, we receive.  Some communities are not as fortunate," expressed Nancy Wegner, Food Pantry Coordinator.  The food pantry is open on Friday mornings from 8:45 am to 11:45 am.    

As fortunate as the New Hampton Food Pantry is, they are always looking for donations.  There are several items that they can always use.  They include:  sugar, flour, crackers, packaged cookies, coffee, hygiene products, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels & Kleenex), and laundry detergent.  They seem to always have a need for these products.  The food pantry also has 3 freezers so they do accept meat product such as 1 lb packages of hamburger & hot dogs.  

Of course monetary donations are always welcome as well.  We ask that you remember the food pantry when donating in 2012.  To donate, you can drop stuff off on Friday mornings during the time they are open, or donation items can be dropped off at our office and we will get them to the food pantry.

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Join us at the FARMERS MARKET TODAY!

Posted: Thu, June 7, 2012
Join us at the Farmer's Market TODAY in New Hampton!  Today is the first day for our revamped Farmer's Market!  We have many great vendors selling everything from baked goods, crafts, & honey to produce, eggs, & kolaches!

New Hampton Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. through September in the Car Quest Parking Lot (corner of Main St & Linn Ave).

Hope to see you there!!
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Inside Story: NH Metal Fab

Posted: Wed, June 6, 2012
Throughout the summer, we are going to give you an inside look at some of our industries.  Many of New Hampton residents do not know the history behind our industries, the different positions within that company, and what their main product is.  Our first industry we are covering is New Hampton Metal Fab.

New Hampton Metal Fab is a third generation business owned by brothers, Nick Wegner & Jamie Wegner.  Their core business has been working in the Concrete Pipe & Precast Industry manufacturing forms/molds to any shape and size to cast concrete pipes, concrete boxes, septic tanks, etc.  For the past few years they have been expanding or diversify into other areas of work. They are a medium to heavy job shop with a staff and facility to handle small, medium and large type weldments or turnkey a complete product line.  Starting out as a local repair shop in a small wooden shed, the family business has grown into a 53,000 square foot fabrication facility.

New Hampton Metal Fab is one of the many companies in New Hampton that is hiring.  To see their employment opportunities, see our Employment Opportunities Tab.

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Chickasaw County named "One of Iowa's Top Ten for Job Growth"

Posted: Wed, May 30, 2012
Chickasaw County is one of the rural counties named for big job gains.  To read the full article from the Des Moines Register, click on the link below.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120526/BUSINESS/305260017/Some-rural-counties-make-big-job-gains?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage


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NIFF Grant Available to Local Food Producers

Posted: Thu, May 17, 2012
NEWS RELEASE

Contact: New Hampton Economic Development Office (Tammy Robinson or Megan Gleason) at 641-394-2437, nheconomic@windstream.net or Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension, 563-794-0599, wiemer@iastate.edu

Grants Available to Local Food Producers

Farmers interested in starting or expanding local food production, processing, marketing or distribution in northeast Iowa are eligible to apply for a mini-grant from the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition (NIFF). The opportunity is available to producers in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

The grant funds may be used for start-up or expansion costs related to growing or marketing local food. Funds must be used on projects that will build the capacity of the farm to produce food long-term. Producers might use the funds for build or renovate facilities for growing, packing or storing local food, or to purchase equipment for production or processing of food. Projects related to the marketing or transportation of local foods will also be considered.

Each county will give out $1500 in mini-grants. The maximum grant amount is $500. In 2011, $12,000 was awarded to farmers in the region. The grant money was matched by an additional $115,000 in resources.

Applications are due by June 1, 2012  to New Hampton Economic Development, 112 East Spring Street, New Hampton, IA  50659.  Please contact Tammy or Megan at 641-394-2437 for additional information and a grant application. Applications are also online at www.iowafreshfood.com.  This grant opportunity is part of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community project. All interested farmers are encouraged to apply. Additional information about the NIFF Coalition and Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative can be found at www.iowafoodandfitness.org.

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Heartland Days Schedule

Posted: Wed, May 16, 2012
HEARTLAND DAYS SCHEDULE
JUNE 7-10, 2012

THURSDAY, JUNE 7
4:00-6:00pm     Farmer's Market (located on the corner of Main Street and Linn Ave)

FRIDAY, JUNE 8
**All Events will take place at Mikkelson Park unless otherwise noted**

9:00am     Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament (NH Country Club)
6:00pm     Parade on Main Street
6:00-9:00pm       Balloon Man!! FREE! (during parade and at park afterwards)
7:00 - midnight    Food & Beverage Tent Open
8:00 - midnight    HEARTLAND'S GOT TALENT SEMI-FINALS*
                (Rain location to be held at Chickasaw Event Center)

SATURDAY, JUNE 9
8:00am     5K RUN/WALK Sponsored by the New Hampton Fire Department
8:00am- 8:00pm     Youth Baseball Tournament
10:00am-3:00pm     Vendor's Row Open (NO Prepared Food or Drink for sale)
11:00am-1:00pm     Pheasants Forever Slingshot and Target Shoot (no guns)
Noon         Bean Bag Tournament (Contact New Horizons-Chamber for Entry Form
                                                      $20 per team, 32 team capacity)
11:00am-8:00pm     Kid's Inflatable Games Open
10:00am-midnight   Food & Beverage Tent Open
1:00pm-2:00pm      Self Guided School Tours of Elementary, Middle and High School
12:30pm                New Hampton FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull
1:00pm-2:00pm      Park n' Rec Dance Team (pre-1st and 2nd-3rd and Just for Kicks Dance 4th- 12th grade)
1:00pm-5:00pm     Adrenaline X Mobile Laser Tag! (Cost $3)
2:00pm-3:30pm     Miss Heartland & Little Miss Princess Pageant*
                (Middle School Auditorium Rain Location)
3:30pm-4:00pm     New Hampton's Biggest Loser Grand Finale*
                (Middle School Auditorium Rain Location)
4:30pm-7:00pm     Heartland's Got Talent Karaoke Contest Finale*
                (Chickasaw Event Center rain location)
7:00pm-10:00pm   NIGHT SWIM DANCE PARTY (at the pool)
8:00pm-midnight   Live Music by "Cliffhanger, CB & Company"
Dusk                    FIREWORKS

SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Chickasaw County Rescue Squad
Breakfast By The Bandshell
8:00a.m.—12:00p.m. at Mikkelson Park
Youth Baseball Tournament
Tickets may be purchased from any Rescue Member or at the door
All proceeds benefit the Chickasaw County Rescue Squad

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
VALID ID REQUIRED TO OBTAIN WRIST BAND FOR PURCHASE OF ALCOHOL—NO COOLERS ALLOWED

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Highway 63 Project

Posted: Mon, May 14, 2012
Croell-Redi Mix is a company of about 800 employees in 5 states.  Concrete Foundations Incorporated (CFI) is a division of Croell and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Croell Redi-Mix.

As some of you may know, CFI is working on finishing Highway 63 between Denver and New Hampton.  Their portable plant is set up in Platte Quarry along Highway 63.  This is one of the largest paving jobs that they have done.  It is estimated to be a $17.5 million dollar job.  They have about 50-55 employees working on the job.  The project has to be completed, able to drive on, by Labor Day this year.

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Cozy Corners B&B

Posted: Fri, May 11, 2012
Cozy Corners B&B Grand Opening Celebration!

When:  May 18, 2012 from 5-9 p.m.
Where:  14 E Hale St, New Hampton IA
Entertainment:  Barefoot Becky Polka Band (Playing from 6-8 p.m.)

We would like to THANK Chip & Darlene Schwickerath for the wonderful reinvestment back into our community!  It's community members like you that make New Hampton the "City of Expanding Horizons".

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Heartland Days Parade

Posted: Tue, May 8, 2012
Heartland Day's is right around the corner!  Attached is the parade entry form.  If you are interested in participating in the parade, fill that out & get it returned to the Chamber office by Friday May 25th so we can get you in the line up!
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Quarterly Electronic Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 7, 2012
New to Economic Development Office: Quarterly Electronic Newsletter. If you would like to receive our newsletter with the latest happenings in New Hampton, please email me, nheconomic@windstream.net, with your first & last name & email address!


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Pamida will switch to Shopko!

Posted: Fri, May 4, 2012
Pamida will switchover to Shopko in the coming fall.  You may have noticed a few changes already.  They have repainted the front of the building and they will get a new Shopko sign once they officially switch over.

During the transition the pharmacy will stay open and keep its normal hours, but the store itself may close for up to 2 weeks to switch over merchandise.  Don Boeck, store manager, is excited about the change.  It will bring more of a selection to the community; a few things being: clothing, shoes, & home furnishings.  Keep an eye out for these changes, as we will continue to post updates!
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Main Street Banners

Posted: Wed, May 2, 2012
As Spring approached and the Chamber looked at putting up the Spring banners on Main Street, it was brought to their attention that the Winter banners were larger and adjusting the arms on the light poles was not advised as it would damage the poles.

It was decided that the banners will be placed on the lower arm of the Main Street light poles and a metal rod will be put in the bottom pouch to keep the banners down.

We want to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Jamie & Nick at NH Metal Fab for donating the metal rods that will be inserted into the banners and to Bill Brinks Upholstery for doing the sewing at the ends of the banners.  Joyce Laures did an excellent job in getting this all arranged.  The banners will be put up soon!  Once again, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

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Early Bird Pool Pass Special Ends May 18th!

Posted: Wed, May 2, 2012
If you are looking to save some money on your pool pass this year, make sure to come in and purchase it BEFORE Friday, May 18th!  To accommodate those that work past 5:00 pm, we will be open on Thursdays May 3rd, 10th, and 17th until 8:00 PM
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Kensington Place Addition

Posted: Mon, April 30, 2012
Kensington Place, assisted living, is moving right along on its addition of 17 new units.  They will have a total of 34 units when the construction is done.  Most of them are filled, but they do still have a few available.  The expected open date is pending their state inspection scheduled for this week.
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The Blue Iris

Posted: Thu, April 26, 2012
The Blue Iris is in its new building!  New to The Blue Iris is "Corner Deli".   Starting June 1, Corner Deli will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving simple lunches.  Take your lunch to go or enjoy it with a few friends on Blue Iris' new patio!  
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Chickasaw County Ambulance Council RFP

Posted: Thu, March 28, 2019
See attached RFP for the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council.
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New Hampton Compost Site & Pickup Information

Posted: Thu, March 28, 2019
The New Hampton Compost Site will open Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  Hours for the site will be:

Tuesday - 3 pm - 6 pm
Thursday - 3 pm - 6 pm
Saturday - 9 am - 1 pm

Fees will be:  $2.00 per licensed vehicle or trailer
                     $5.00 per dump truck load

Compost will be picked up curbside on Friday, May 3, 2019.  Compost & brush will be picked up curbside on Friday, May 17, 2019.  No barrels will be picked up and brush cannot be longer than 4 feet.
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New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & New Hampton Economic Development Honored with Economic Development Impact Award

Posted: Thu, March 21, 2019
Iowa's rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities commitment goes far beyond ensuring safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy. They actively create strategic partnerships and provide technical and financial assistance to support business growth and community vitality. Annually, Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) presents Impact Awards to utility partners who were involved in significant economic development initiatives the prior year. During a meeting of the New Hampton Industrial Development Corporation, the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & New Hampton Economic Development was recognized for their economic development accomplishments and commitment to the community.  

New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & New Hampton Economic Development was presented with an IADG Impact Award for community development. New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & New Hampton Economic Development has supported economic development in the community for many years. A recent example of project participation includes support for the $6 million facility renovation project for the Mercy One - New Hampton Medical Center. This upgrade provides improved health care, better patient privacy, new technology, and a renovated emergency department. All combined, these increased capabilities will provide much needed health care infrastructure for the community, its employers and residents. New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & New Hampton Economic Development secured a $300,000 grant from the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program to support this project. New Hampton Municipal Light Plant provided an additional $60,000 in matching funds. Receiving this USDA grant also established a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant & Economic Development Office. The loan repayments will go into this newly established RLF and be available to support additional local projects for years to come.
 
"We commend Brian Quirk and the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant as well as Tammy Robinson and the New Hampton Economic Development Office for their steadfast support of business and community development," said IADG President, Rand Fisher. "They are providing important technical and financial assistance that many times is a key component in successfully securing projects that create jobs and support community vitality.   

About IADG
The Iowa Area Development Group is the marketing and business development office for Iowa's member-owned rural electric cooperatives, select municipal electric utilities, and independent telecommunication companies.  IADG has assisted with over 2,100 successful business expansions and start-up projects.  This growth represents capital investment of more than $12 billion and 53,000 jobs for Iowa.  The Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to promote and strengthen rural Iowa development opportunities. Stay connected with IADG news at www.facebook.com/IADG.IA and www.twitter.com/IADGIOWA.   

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