Unique Post-Pandemic Options Develop for Osceola Building Incentive Program

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When announced in the fall of 2016, the Osceola Building Incentive Program showed great promise. Unfortunately, with materials and equipment costs skyrocketing through the pandemic, new development has slowed, even shutting down many planned projects. New homeowners and developers needed a solution for building that would not

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2020 Census Numbers Show Strong Local Growth and More Opportunity

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The 2020 Census numbers are in and, on the surface, the results for the nation seem to be right on line with expectations. Metropolitan populations outgrew rural areas. The Midwest and central U.S. saw a slight decline in population compared to the coasts. And the average age

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Join Clarke Schools and Community Partners for Back to School Wellness Fair

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Clarke Schools will hold their 3rd annual Back to School Wellness Fair this Thursday, August 12, from 4-7pm in the Clarke Elementary Gym. This event is an opportunity for students and their families to learn about resources and services available, ranging from dental, vision, and hearing screenings

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Clarke Area Arts Council Surveys Future of Warrior Osceola

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Standing watch over the city of Osceola off Highway 34, is the statue of Warrior Osceola, the city’s namesake and icon of pride for generations. As with many outdoor art installations, Warrior Osceola is starting to show the wear of decades out in the elements. As a

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Come Play In The Spray At Public Safety Night

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Osceola and surrounding communities are invited to don their swim wear and come out for Public Safety Night with OFD Splash Zone for Kids on July 29th. This week’s Thursday Night in the Park is an opportunity for the community to talk mental health with Clarke County

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New East Union & Murray Superintendent Announced

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The East Union and Murray School Boards recently hosted three finalists for the shared superintendent position. The formal interviews included mixed interview teams from Murray and East Union, tours of both districts and a school board interview. Based on a review of all the feedback provided to

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Get Your Business Back on Track With SBA and PPSI

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Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) for several educational opportunities being held throughout the U.S. to learn more about programs that will help your business get back on track. This is part of an effort to ensure that American small

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Salford Bids a Fond Farewell to Mike Wuthrich

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(OSCEOLA, IA – MAY 26, 2021) After more than 17 years (3 with MacLander Trailers), Mike Wuthrich is hanging up his manufacturing hat at Salford and preparing to spend time relaxing in retirement. Having started his tenure with MacLander in 2004, Mike worked tirelessly through company growth

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Clarke Industrial Arts Finishes Year with Annual Welding Event

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Since 2018, the Clarke Schools’ Industrial Arts class, led by instructor Dave Lyden, has come together at the end of each year to showcase student achievements in an annual welding event. In partnership with the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) and the Clarke Industrial Technology Advisory Board,

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Osceola Breaking Ground to Meet Increasing Workforce Housing Demand

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In a move to meet the demand for quality, affordable housing in Osceola, the City Council recently approved plans for the development of a new apartment complex on the South side of the city. The City worked closely with the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), builders, local

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Grassley’s Annual Tour Stops at Osceola’s SIMCO Drilling Equipment, Inc.

Iowa’s Senior Senator, Chuck Grassley, took time out of his busy schedule in Washington DC to visit the team from SIMCO Drilling Equipment in Osceola, Iowa. As part of his annual 99 County Tour, a tradition of his 41 years in office, Grassley and his team stopped

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Clarke County Manufacturing Jobs Surplus Means Big Opportunity

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It’s been a year since Clarke County was hit by the COVID-19 crisis and local manufacturers had to creatively manage their workforce assets. In April of 2020, the county’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.4% to 11.8%, and more than 100,000 workers across the state were displaced, laid

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With $50K CCDC Grant, OCMS Launches New Building Improvement Opportunities

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In the March 10th meeting of the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), the board unanimously approved a $50,000 grant to Osceola Chamber Main Street (OCMS) to seed an exciting new building improvement program throughout the city. The program, designed and managed by the OCMS Board, is focused

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2021 CCDC Director’s Award Focuses On Future Heroes

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Each year, the board of the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) awards a local business or organization the CCDC Director’s Award. This honor goes out to those who excel in their efforts to promote and sustain business and employment throughout Clarke County. Past winners include Hormel (Osceola

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America’s SBDC-Iowa Launches Rural Business Innovators™

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AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce Rural Business Innovators™, a new initiative for technology and innovation entrepreneurs that live in rural Iowa. This is a start-up accelerator that helps individuals develop their innovative business ideas and connects them to resources, partners and

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