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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20 Years of CCDC Grant Opportunities – How Can Your Organization Benefit?

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lakeside Casino’s opening in Clarke County. The Casino’s arrival not only meant a big boost to local employment and attractions for tourism and entertainment, but it also provided a tremendous opportunity for the Clarke County Development Corporation and the community

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CCDC’s Annual Planning Retreat Focuses on Big Development Vision

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The Clarke County Development Corporation board, leadership from the City and County as well as business owners and economic development professionals from around the State came together Friday for the Development Corporation’s annual planning retreat. This year’s event, held at Honey Hill Event Center in Osceola, Iowa,

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Free Land Incentives Hope to Spur on Spring New Home Construction

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Spring is finally here and with it comes the start of the building season. Families are looking to build new homes, developers are looking for prime real estate, and contractors are itching to get back in the field after a long, hard winter. As part of an

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Comes Home for Big Launch

It seems like it was just yesterday we were cheering on Clarke County Iowa’s favorite daughter, Kim Reynolds, when she accepted the appointment of Governor of Iowa. Well, it was back in May of 2017 and there certainly has been a lot to look back on. When

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Osceola Free Land Incentive Signs First Builder Deal

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Pens and plans were busy Friday with the first builder buy-in of the Osceola Free Land Incentive program. Jeff Smyser, owner of JLS Builders, LLC out of Council Bluffs, Iowa is the first builder to sign to receive their free plot of land through the promotion. Smyser

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New Non-Profit Established to Build Osceola Rec Center

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A recreation center for the people of Osceola is quickly becoming a reality thanks to a new non-profit called “Operation Recreation.” In 2016, Clarke County was ranked 98 out of 99 Iowa counties when it comes to health, and Osceola’s Mayor Thomas Kedley is taking the initiative

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Central Iowa Builder Locks In On Osceola Free Land Promotion

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Since its initial announcement, the “Free Land” builders’ incentive program through the City of Osceola and Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) has gained a lot of attention.  Much of the local conversations centered around land values vs. tax abatements as well as the impact on other programs

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City of Osceola Unveils New Website

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The City of Osceola’s new website can be seen at: OsceolaIA.net The City of Osceola is excited to share the new and improved City website! Incorporating the new Osceola brand mark (logo) being utilized around the city, this new site is designed to be more user-friendly and

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NOTICE: Water Works Annual Treatment Change

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Starting in October, Osceola Water Works will begin transitioning to winter maintenance and will be making a change in the treatment process. Residents may notice a difference, but will have no cause for concern. In early October, the water works department will begin the annual fire hydrant

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“Paint the Town Red” With CCDC Demolition Grant

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Do you own a building that is so far beyond repair that demolition would be a mercy? Structures that fall into disuse and disrepair can fall apart pretty quickly, making them nothing more than hazards and eyesores. But demolition can get a bit costly. So what are

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