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CreativeCor Economic Development Groups Receive $50,000 State Award

posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Two-Year Contract Supplements Branding, Existing Industry and Workforce Initiatives

Director Debi Durham of the Iowa Economic Development Authority recently awarded the Creative Corridor Alliance $50,000 for economic development initiatives in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.  The Alliance, made up of economic development representatives from Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties, as well as Kirkwood Community College and local utility partners, will use these funds to bolster planned programming in regional branding, existing industry and workforce development.

“We thank Debi and the State of Iowa for their support of these key economic development initiatives,” said Mark Nolte, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group.  “Our organizations have been meeting monthly to outline these programs and to raise the necessary matching funds.  We look forward to this partnership.”

Funding will be used to support programming that improves the communication of the distinctiveness of Iowa’s Creative Corridor and the strengths of the regional brand. Additionally, funding will be allocated to workforce attraction, recruitment and retention programs, including military and veteran workforce programs as well as existing industry initiatives designed to improve workplace culture.

“Kirkwood is proud to be a part of the Creative Corridor Alliance’s network in support of existing industry and innovative workforce development,” said Kim Becicka, Ph.D., Vice President, Continuing Education and Training Services at Kirkwood Community College. “The generous IEDA investment will strengthen our region’s growth and continued success.”

These projects are part of larger regional marketing and workforce development plans currently underway. The award is being made to Kirkwood Community College who will administer the funding and documentation.  The contract will begin on January 1, 2015.