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June 2018 Newsletter
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Exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, June 5, 2018!

Allamakee's Countywide Housing Assessment Update

Thank you to all who attended community input meetings.  Your feedback, questions, and comments were greatly appreciated.  ACED has now opted to add the 3 school boards to the presentation list.  Additionally, ACED will be sharing the findings with the County Clergy group.  It is imperative that we share the findings and build the momentum to change our housing situation.

The countywide housing assessment revealed the need for affordable rentals in the area.  In an effort to find rental units easier, our office has compiled a list of rental properties by landlord name.  This list will be revised as information becomes available. (Yes, we did run a radio ad in May requesting help to compile this listing.)

If you would like to take a look, a PRINTABLE VERSION of the Rental Housing/Landlord list has been posted to our website: https://www.allamakeecounty.com/business-directory/real-estate-housing. 
 
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And more housing news...
A new 4-plex will be constructed at 321 Stoneman Street in Postville!  Thank you to NEICAC, Jeremy Jostand, and Community Housing Development Organization in Postville.  We will be excited to check it out in 2019 at the open house!

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A related piece of the housing puzzle...
Childcare!  If a family moves to our neck-of-the-woods or a business is looking to expand, they inquire about childcare options.  ACED is requesting childcare providers to reach out to us, so we can wrap our arms around the availability and strategize how to fill the gaps.  Call Terri 563.568.2624, Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30.   
 
 

Allamakee County Community & Business Sector Board

Why Business Community Sector Boards Exist

  • To provide critical, impactful connections between employers, educators, community developers, regional workforce board and other key stakeholders
  • To address the needs of human capital growth in communities
  • To address other needs that will assist in growing businesses and communities and to develop a plan to assist with economic growth
  • The objective is to serve business stakeholders through the exchange of information and implementation of workforce solutions based on shared goals and human capital needs, leading to measurable results
 Business Involvement
  • Advisory
  • Advocate/Share with other businesses
  • Validation of plan
  • Assist in establishing career pathways
  • Learn about services provided
  • Be the voice of the Business Community Sector Board
Why You?
  • You were identified as a community leader
  • Your business was identified as a target sector
  • Your knowledge and expertise are greatly needed and appreciated
  • We value your input and need your voice 
Best Practices of Sector Boards Nationally
  • 75% businesses  - 25% educators/state and local agencies/economic development
  • Business Lead
  • Shared Action Plan
  • Development of Career Pathways to Employment
  • Marketing Strategy to Share
  • Educators/Businesses heavily engaged
  • Shared Labor Market Information  
Allamakee County Action Plan  
  • Development and implementation of internships, apprenticeships and hands on learning in skilled trades.
  • Development and implementation of a mentoring program (business/teacher or business/student).
  • Post all area jobs in the same place.
  • Educate students and parents on student loan debt.
  • Develop training programs for businesses in onboarding/training employees, employee appreciation, generational differences, soft skills and others as needed.
  • Market local area/businesses and what this board is doing.

WISE Plan/7 Rivers Alliance

What the heck does WISE stand for?  Workforce Innovation for a Strong Economy!

The WISE Plan addresses these challenges through several strategies and actions to achieve the following goals:

  • — Increase student and worker employability skills
  • — Educate students, educators, parents, and other community members about the educational requirements for high paying, in-demand careers
  • — Prepare incumbent workers and mature jobseekers to have greater flexibility in the workplace
  • — Promote the 7 Rivers Region to targeted groups about the region’s benefits
  • — Foster inclusive regional communities to better attract minority and underrepresented individuals
  • — Assist and engage newly arriving families to area communities
  • — Provide businesses and jobseekers with comparative economic information
  • — Ensure the availability of affordable housing for the region’s workforce
  • — Provide information and tools that help companies prepare for pending retirements
  • — Develop public-private childcare partnerships to increase childcare facility capacity and address affordability gaps
  • — Bolster more connections and relationships between currently enrolled students, regional employers, and local communities
  • — Inspire businesses to implement initiatives that position them as “Employers of Choice”
  • — Improve transit, ridesharing, and multi-modal transportation options, and make transportation system more accessible
Recently ACED in partnership with 7 Rivers Alliance promoted "Employer of Choice Training."  This was a direct action item stemming from this plan.  In a tight labor market, being the employer of choice is imperative.  The HR Department can keep feeding the funnel, but employers need to stop the bleed.  Training is a piece to the puzzle.

Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities!

Website Updates

Go to www.allamakeecounty.com!  You will find our Scenic Adventure on the landing page, as well as, our radio ad.  If you need a Scenic Adventure poster or brochure, let us know. 

To reflect the diversity in our region, we have added a language translation button to every page. 

Reminders!

If someone asks you about places to stay in Allamakee County, please refer them to our county lodging guide...https://www.allamakeecounty.com/business-directory/lodging

If someone asks you what's going on in Allamakee County, please refer them to our county calendar of events...https://www.allamakeecounty.com/calendar-of-eventsPlease follow Visit Iowa on facebook!  Our 7 county area in Northeast Iowa works together to promote our region.  If you missed our Wow, Who Knew?! campaign in March/April, we will be back at it in June. 
 

Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade
       
 
Allamakee County Dairy Association invites everyone to the annual Dairy Days Celebration on Friday, June 15th.  The Dairy Days Parade is being held in conjunction with Postville's annual event Hometown to the World this year.  The parade will begin at 7:00 PM.  Come on out and join the fun!

(Typically the parade has been held on the first Monday night in June, please note the change this year.)
 

 

Check out the SIGN!
 
The big rock finally has words!  Thank you to Allamakee County Naturalist, Ross Geerdes, for furnishing the photo, Rainbow Quarry for donating a really big rock and Steve Ogden for designing and lettering the rock. 

Stay tuned...landscaping is just around the corner.

 
 
Did you know there are more than 100 jobs available in Allamakee County?  We have been posting job openings weekly on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/allamakee.  Please take the time to share the information. 




ACED in Partnership with NICC Offers Class
 
 
5/29-6/27 - Certified Nurse Aide Course
6/5-6/7 - Exploring STEAM Summer Camp
6/5-6/20 - High School Drivers Education
6/12-7/5 - Certified Medication Aide
7/5-7/20 - High School Drivers Education
 
Iowa Works in Partnership with NICC offers class
 
Great trainings coming up
6/5-6/6 -  Best Practices for Conducting Non Biased Employee Investigations
6/14 -  Social Media in the Workplace
 
  
 
ACED and CIRAS co-hosted a manufacturer's lunch and learn on May 16th.  This was a fast paced presentation about the not too faraway future of manufacturing. 

ACED hosted Career Learning Link Mentoring at Kee High School.  Gary from Kerndt Brothers Insurance shared information on both car and rental insurance.  Last month, Kelli from New Albin Savings Bank shared information on banking services.  This has been a great opportunity to share useable information with juniors and seniors.  Additionally, it provides an opportunity for local businesses to interact with the students.

Harpers Ferry hosted their annual Memorial Day Parade and Chicken Q.  Thank you to those who support this event.
Business Expansion

Looks like Waukon Detailing and More are adding bays.  Congrats!



New Businesses/New Management

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Events
 
Friday, June 1
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Foundation Spring Book Sale - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Waukon City Wide Garage Sales
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 BOGO Coffee - WW Homestead Dairy
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Wine Tasting (Dragonfly Dreams Released) - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, June 2
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Foundation Spring Book Sale - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Waukon City Wide Garage Sales
 Free Fishing Weekend (Iowa Residents Only)
 BINGO & Raffle Drawing - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 New Furniture/Quilt Auction- Waukon Banquet Center\
 Rock painting - Tillinghast Public Library - Harpers Ferry
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, June 3
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Free Fishing Weekend (Iowa Residents Only)
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, June 4
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Children's Theater Workshop - St John's Lutheran in Waukon
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Lansing City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, June 5
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Children's Theater Workshop - St John's Lutheran in Waukon
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Musical Matinee: Hairspray - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Waterville City Council Meeting
 Stay & Play, Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, June 6
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Children's Theater Workshop - St John's Lutheran in Waukon
 Brown Bag ‘n’ Books: Adult Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Summer Explorers w/ Ross, Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, June 7
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Children's Theater Workshop - St John's Lutheran in Waukon
 Hook & Needle Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, June 8
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Children's Theater Workshop - St John's Lutheran in Waukon
 Lansing City Wide Garage Sales
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Friday Night Crusin - WW Homestead Dairy
 Rocking & Reading - Tillinghast Public Library, Harpers Ferry
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, June 9
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Lansing City Wide Garage Sales
 Flintknapping and bow making-Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, Lansing
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Cooking with Essential Oils - New Albin Community Center
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Mags/Brynes Memorial Ride- Goodfellas, Waukon
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, June 10
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 IC Wexford Breakfast - IC Wexford Church
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, June 11
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Beginning Farmers Networking Event
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers ferry Area Heritage Society Mtg - Oil Springs School
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting
 NAMI Family Support Group - The Spectrum Network, Decorah
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, June 12
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Library Board Meeting - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, June 13
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Harpers Ferry Boosters Inc meeting - Community Center
 Summer Explorers w/ Green Iowa - Robey Memorial Library
 Teen Book Club: book set somewhere you’d like to visit - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, June 14
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Dan Wardell of IPTV Kids Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Pinterest Projects - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, June 15
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Big Four Fair - Postville
 Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade - Postville
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, June 16
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Big Four Fair - Postville
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, June 17
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Big Four Fair - Postville
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, June 18
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 25th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament - Waukon Golf & Country Club
 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Mtg - Harpers Ferry
 Caregiver Support Group - Veterans Memorial Hospital LL Conf Room
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Essential Oils Classes - New Abin Townhouse
 Lansing City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, June 19
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, June 20
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Summer Explorers: Musical Instruments - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, June 21
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Auxiliary Euchre Marathon - Waukon Wellness Center
 Book Sale - Robey Memorial Library
 Night Book Club: Classic - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library
Connecting Community Conversations

Friday, June 22
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, June 23
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, June 24
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, June 25
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 FREE COMM. MEAL in WAUKON - First Presbyterian Church
 Fresh Conversations - Waukon Wellness Center
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, June 26
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 After School with Ross - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, June 27
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation

Thursday, June 28
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Driftless Storytime "Bees" - Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, Lansing
 June Class: Bullet Journal - Robey Memorial Library
 Summer Naturalist Series "Bees" - Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, Lansing
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, June 29
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Rocking & Reading - Tillinghast Public Library, Harpers Ferry
 Rocking & Reading - Tillinghast Public Library, Harpers Ferry
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, June 30
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 - Firecracker 5k walk/run, registration open on harpersferryboostersinc.org
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Driftless Super Slough(Kayak trip) - Tiki Bar, Lansing IA
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 U.S. Grant Portrayer, Pete Grady - Robey Memorial Library
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
Sunday

Visit http://www.allamakeecounty.com/calendar-of-events.html   for more information/details on the above events.

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