Osceola Receives over $250,000 from IEDA Community Development Block Grant Housing Sustainability Award

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On September 15th, the city of Osceola was notified by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) that they were the latest recipient of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $252,200. The CDBG program is a Federally Funded program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

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TAKE ACTION: 2020 Census Participation Means More for Osceola

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The U.S. Census is a way for citizens within the community to affect change and increase representation at all levels of government. Since 1790, the population of the United States has been counted as mandated in the U.S. Constitution. A complete and accurate count of the citizens

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Changes at Osceola Food Bring New Leadership and Future Growth

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Osceola Food is seeing a changing of the guard, as one plant manager, John Hoag, moves on to new opportunities within the organization, a new leader with new opportunities takes his place. John Kempen has been part of the Hormel Foods family for almost thirty years, and

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How Clarke County Manufacturers are Protecting Their Workforce from COVID-19

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Effective May 1st, in 77 Iowa counties, including Clarke, businesses have been given the green light to open their doors after weeks of silence. Restaurants, fitness centers, libraries, retail shops and more will be opening with some restrictions, and that’s certainly a sign of hope for those

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Community & Staff Step Up to Support Senior Care Center in Time of Crisis

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Since the WHO announced the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic status in early March, long-term care facilities have been on the front lines of the health and safety battle.  With senior citizens being some of the most “at risk” from the virus, the need for protective gear –

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CCDC Community Grants Break $1Million Mark in 2019

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The Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) works tirelessly on improvement and promotion of Clarke County, Iowa, its local businesses, supporting the community in any way it can. As the Qualifying Sponsoring Organization for Lakeside Hotel and Casino, the CCDC receives a percentage of gaming revenues that, in

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Clarke County Reservoir Project Starts Technical Design Phase

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The Clarke County Reservoir project continues to move forward, reaching the end of the acquisition phase and kicking off the draft design phase. With these steps in motion, the project stays on track for a completion date near the end of 2024. In October, the Clarke County

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Iowa Select Farms Celebrates Grand Opening With Governor Reynolds and More

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Tuesday’s ceremonies marking the grand opening of Iowa Select Farms’ training center, warehouse and distribution facility was well attended with local Clarke County and Osceola leadership, political figures as well as a special guests Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, Iowa Senator Jack Whitver, and

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Osceola Manufacturing Interns See a Bright Future

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When it comes to helping a community grow, the future choices of its young workforce and their families makes a big difference. At Wednesday’s CEO Luncheon, sponsored by the Clarke County Development Corporation, over 35 professionals, including Paul Dunnwald from Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research

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New Digital Updates Help Users Find Local Activities

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The latest updates to the Web site ClarkeCountyLife.com have been made to help users find Osceola and Clarke County’s local activities through a simple, mobile information portal. With the growth of the community and organized groups becoming more abundant, tracking and coordinating information for activities throughout the

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CCDC and Clarke Students Focus on Future Skills and Future Careers

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For the last three years, the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) has been working with administrators, staff, and students at Osceola’s Clarke Community High School to build a stronger focus on career path planning and post-secondary school job opportunities. With manufacturing, hospitality, and medical fields being the

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Clarke Schools Turns Industrial Tech Program to Future-Focused Success

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In just a few short years, the Clarke Community Schools Industrial Technology program has been converted from a floundering ancillary elective to one of rural Iowa’s leading technology programs. Through hard work, collaboration and a future-focus, the district and Clarke’s Industrial Technology Instructor, Dave Lyden, are preparing

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CCDC Bids Farewell to Two Long-Time Board Members

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At the January 9th CCDC board meeting the announcement was made that long-time board members Ryan Lundquist and Dave Walkup decided to not seek reelection for additional terms on the CCDC board to focus on other opportunities. Mr. Lundquist, owner and operator of Highway Lumber decided to

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Clarke County Manufacturing Interns Welcomed Through CCDC / City CEO Luncheon Event

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Clarke County and Osceola, Iowa businesses have a long history of welcoming college students into their operations as interns and this year is no different. Coming from all around the Midwest, the latest influx of interns were welcomed to Osceola during the CCDC’s monthly CEO Luncheon on

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Clarke County Prepares for Housing Boom and Continued Growth

The Clarke County Development Corporation recently published its updated Economic Dashboard showing the year-to-year economic changes for Clarke County and Osceola. From population numbers to employment and taxable retail sales, the dashboard offers a snapshot of the progress being seen in the area – by the numbers.

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