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.
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!
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
- 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
- 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!
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.
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
Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade
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 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.