January 2016 Newsletter
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Financing for Business Start-Ups

ACED will be offering a class in the new year for those who are interested in financing a new business.  Allamakee County Economic Development will talk about the County’s Revolving Loan Fund, Small Business Administration will focus on loan programs they have available, Upper ExplorerLand will share information about their Revolving Loan Fund, and there will be local lenders to talk about commercials loans through the bank.  If you are interested in attending this class, please contact our office.

Grab your whistle & tennis shoes

NICC-Waukon will be offering a coaching authorization class in 2016. 

For more information, go to:

Spread the word – Allamakee County has jobs!

 In an effort to continue educating our youth about job openings in Allamakee County, the Allamakee Community School District, NICC-Waukon, and ACED, will be hosting a career workshop for juniors and seniors.  Local employers will be speaking about current job opportunities including pay, benefits, work environment, and training.   This event is planned for Friday, February 12.

ACED’s Website will be Mobile-Ready

Allamakee County Economic Development is happy to announce the will be mobile-ready later this winter.  We will let you know when we are good to go!

NE IA Farmer’s Market Update

 NE IA Farmer’s Market Advisor Council met in December to review the marketing message and logo for the NE IA Farmers Market.  If you are involved with your local farmer’s market as a marketing manager, vendor, or attendee please call our office.  We would love to hear from you! 
Here is the website to get the details on all 24 farmers markets in NE IA:  (this website is not complete)
Here is the facebook page:

ACED Board of Director Officer Changes

 ACED’s officers are President, Matt Cole; Vice President, Bill Nation; Secretary, Mike Myers; and Treasurer, Sharon Kubitz.  Larry Schellhammer, Christina Drahos, and Mike Kruckenberg also serve on the board.

Lansing Main Street Update

 Lansing Main Street celebrated the holidays with decorated Christmas trees in their historical downtown district and a large lighted tree at the plaza.  Lansing Main Street also ran a punch card promotion through 12/18 to encourage local holiday shopping. 
See Facebook  for winners.

Window Displays Add Christmas Spirit Downtown Waukon

 The Waukon Chamber of Commerce was pleased to have so many Waukon businesses participate in their annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest this year.  Each business chose a theme that was uniquely their own. The decorated windows add merriment, excitement, and enticement to shopping locally.  Congratulations to WW Homestead Dairy, one of our members, on winning the contest. Thanks to all of the businesses who joined in to create a festive holiday season.

Postville YMCA hosts 1st Annual Festival of Trees

 The Northeast Iowa YMCA in Postville held its first Festival of Trees for the community to view and enjoy.  Local businesses, individuals and families decorated more than 30 trees on display.  Many silent auction items were donated.  The money raised from the auction was used toward new equipment for the YMCA.  YMCA board members will host the event again next year.

Thank you to Luster Heights    

 ACED would like to say thank you to the Luster Heights inmates who created new frames for our Allamakee County pictures hanging in the lobby. 


Sites & Buildings for Sale

 If you are aware of buildings or sites for sale/lease/rent in Allamakee County, please contact our office.  You can see our listing on our website.

Business Directory updates

 Please help us to continue to keep our business directory on our website up-to-date.  Please check your listing and let us know if a change is required.

Food blogger experiences Allamakee County

 If you did not get the chance to see the posting on facebook, food blogger Deb Thompson gave her two cents on farm to food in NE IA.  Allamakee County businesses who were a part of the tour: Peake Orchard, WW Homestead Dairy, and Empty Nest Winery.  Thank you to Decorah Convention Bureau for including Allamakee County in the tour.

LaCrosse Regional Tourism Expo Update


ACED recently had the opportunity to participate in the first Annual LaCrosse Regional Tourism Expo held in LaCrosse, WI on December 3rd.  It was a day filled with lots of conversation and many good connections and bus tour opportunities were realized.  Many visitors to our booth were familiar with our area but were not knowledgeable on all we had to offer.  The main topics of interest from these potential visitors seemed to center around our Empty Nest Winery; Effigy Mounds National Monument, the Great River Road Byway, our own Driftless Area Scenic Byway and WHAT DID WE HAVE TO OFFER FOR BIKE TRAILS!!!!  I definitely feel that our presence at that show will enhance our visitor numbers next summer. 


January Calendar of Events
  • 1st   - 1st Day Hike, Yellow River Forest
  • 8th    -  Health Care Advance Directives Seminar  - New Albin Townhouse - Following Senior      Luncheon & 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • 19th - Rug Braiding Class - New Albin Townhouse, @ 6 p.m.
  • 30th - Children’s Winter Party - Waterville Public Library @ 10 a.m.
  • 31st  - 2nd Annual Northeast Iowa Pie Championships - Farmers & Merchants Bank Hall, Waukon.  Call 563-568-3417 for details.  Proceeds go to Disabled American Veterans.
  • Saturday Night Bingo ($500 Jackpot) - HF Legion –  Open 6 p.m., Start 7 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sundays –Winter Film Festival - Effigy Mounds National Monument
  •  Empty Nest Winery will NOT be open for wine tasting in January.
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