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Advance Iowa To Offer Succession Planning Webinar

Posted: Mon, February 19, 2018

Advance Iowa To Offer Webinar Series on Succession Planning

Advance Iowa, a comprehensive consulting program for midsized companies, will host a monthly webinar series in 2018 on succession planning, beginning Feb. 22. It's estimated that 85 percent of businesses have no succession plans in place, although a majority of firms will change hands in the next decade as baby boomers retire. "We have found that business owners need information and resources about all aspects of succession planning," said Dan Beenken, director of Advance Iowa, which is based at the University of Northern Iowa. "We've assembled a full schedule of topics that will answer questions, and we plan to provide tools that help small and medium businesses start the succession planning process." Visit www.AdvanceIowa.com for more information on each webinar, find the link to sign up or learn more about succession planning. All webinars are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.


New Hampton Homecoming

Posted: Wed, September 12, 2018
New Hampton High School will begin celebrating homecoming with the parade on Thursday, September 27, and they would like to invite you to participate in the parade this year. The cost to participate in the parade is $10, with all proceeds going to the Student Senate. The parade will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 27th. There will be a competition for the best decorated float. If you would like to participate, please email Charles Durnan, (chdurnan@new-hampton.k12.ia.us) for the registration form.

Below are listed the high school dress up days for Homecoming week. Businesses and residents are encouraged to follow the dress up days and post dress up photos on social media with the hashtag #WeAreNHTribe to enter to win admission to Friday's football game.

Monday- Generation Days
Freshmen/Toddlers  (NO BABIES/NO DIAPERS)
Sophomores/Extreme Teens
(Staff- Choose?)

Tuesday-Entertainment Character- Dress as a movie/tv character
Wednesday- USA Day
Thursday-Future/Past- Students dress as their future self & Adults as their past self
Friday-Chickasaw Spirit Day

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Live the Valley Initiative

Posted: Fri, August 31, 2018
The Cedar Valley Regional Partnership has announced the launch of an aggressive campaign aimed at showcasing the Cedar Valley's competitive career landscape, culturally rich quality of life, and affordable cost of living with the goal of attracting top-quality talent to the region.  

The integrated initiative is centered on a revamped website, www.livethevalley.com, which features a user-friendly job board that requires no registration for employers to post positions or job seekers to explore opportunities. Additionally, the site highlights the quality of life the region offers ranging from recreational amenities, culinary diversity, and accessibility to educational institutions, family-friendly activities and the availability of housing variety and affordability.
"The Cedar Valley is teeming with opportunities for young professionals and families looking for a community-centric place to raise their kids, while also maximizing their own career potential," said Megan Baltes, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant."  

The partnership is committed to making this tool a success. All avenues of marketing and outreach will be deployed in support of this campaign, including extensive social media activity, digital advertising strategies, and print publications as well. Stories and testimonials demonstrating why residents like to "Live the Valley" and "Work the Valley" are being sought for inclusion on social media.  A full-color print publication, in collaboration with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, will also tell the story of the people, places, opportunities and experiences in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Grundy Counties. Copies will be available in the New Hampton Economic Development Office as well as distributed to local businesses and industries.

"The major recruiting benefit for employers is their job listing will be pushed to a much broader audience of top-quality talent than they could reach on their own," said Megan Baltes, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant. "We will specifically target ex-Iowans who are working and living in larger markets but may be ripe to move back home."

"The Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro was ranked among the top 10 job markets in the nation according to Zippia. Iowa was identified as third on a list of the top ten most affordable states by US News & World Report," said Megan Baltes, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant. "With the emergence of high paying tech jobs in the region, abilities to work from virtually anywhere and affordable housing, the question becomes, 'Why not the Cedar Valley?'"     

Live the Valley is supported by the Cedar Valley Regional Partnership, made up of Buchanan County Economic Development Commission, Butler-Grundy Development Alliance, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, INRCOG, New Hampton Economic Development, and Waverly Economic Development.

About Cedar Valley Regional Partnership

The Cedar Valley Regional Partnership is a six-county economic development marketing partnership focused on attracting business investments to Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Grundy counties in Iowa. Visit www.cedarvalleyregion.com.

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Chickasaw County Fair Queen Competition Seeking Candidates

Posted: Tue, June 19, 2018
The Chickasaw County Fair Queen competition is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Chickasaw County Fair Queen.

Young ladies between the ages of 16-21, residing in Chickasaw County and/or have active involvement in Chickasaw County, and be involved in a leadership or service organization (church group, Girl Scouts, 4H, FFA, school council) are encouraged to apply.  Eligibility is not limited by 4H or FFA membership.
The Chickasaw County Fair Queen will receive a $250 scholarship and Alternate Fair Queen will receive $100 scholarship.  The queen's responsibilities will include being at the Chickasaw County achievement show, and attending the BIG 4 Fair in Nashua, representing Chickasaw County at the IA State Fair, and various events throughout the year in Chickasaw County.  

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 22, and can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/chickasaw/application-forms, or by contacting fair queen coordinator, Megan Mueterthies at meissenmegan@gmail.com.  Interviews will be held at the Pub in New Hampton, on Tuesday, June 26th at 5:00pm.  Queen Coronation will be held at the Chickasaw County Achievement Awards Program on Sunday, July 15th at 6:00pm.

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