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The Long Awaited Laborshed is Kicking Off

Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Waukon area.  This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Waukon’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.
 
For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Waukon asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow us to determine what the scope and scale of Waukon’s Laborshed area is and better understand where Waukon’s workforce resides.
 
Once that Laborshed area is determined, a confidential residential telephone survey will be conducted to collect workforce characteristic information specific to the area.  The survey call originates out of Cedar Rapids, IA, therefore, the incoming number will have the 319 area code. It is possible that you may receive a text message from their 888 number as well, alerting you to expect a call from them to take the survey. Survey questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth.
 
Your participation in this study will help economic development efforts and support both current and potential employers in your area.
 
Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed.  If you have any questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Val Reinke at 563.568.2624.
 

 

 
The FINAL draft of the Allamakee Countywide Housing Assessment is available!  There is no doubt we have a shortage and a mismatch when it involves housing.  If you would like to discuss this information further, please contact Val.
Waukon City Park is constructing an amphitheater overlooking the pond. What a fabulous venue!

 
The Board of Supervisors will be hosting meetings throughout the county, so they can visit the libraries and talk with the directors.  Please join the meeting when we are in your neck-of-the-woods. The schedule is as follows:
  • June 18 New Albin Public Library 9:30 a.m.
  • July 16 Meehan Memorial Library Lansing 9:30 a.m.
  • August 20 Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library Harpers Ferry 9:30 a.m.
  • September 17 Waterville Public Library  9:30 a.m.
  • October 15 Postville Public Library 9:30 a.m.
  • November 19 Robey Memorial Library Waukon 9:30 a.m.
     
Allamakee Job Board
 
Allamakee County  has more than 100 job openings in the county?  We need your help to spread the word!  Please like and share the Allamakee County Job Board posted on our Facebook page.  This is updated weekly. 

Got a job you want to post?  Contact Terri at 563-568-2624 or at acedrecep@gmail.com with the job information.  

And always post your openings with www.Iowajobs.com!  


 
Mark your calendar for Grassley's Visit
 
Senator Chuck Grassley will be visiting Waukon on Tuesday, July 3rd from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.  The event will be held at WW Homestead Dairy where he will have a 20 minute personal tour.  The remaining 40 minutes will be open to the public for a Q&A.  
 
Looking for Facebook Training?
 
In early Fall 2018,  Facebook will launch Learn with Facebook, a free online training resource to equip people with the skills they need to grow and become drivers of their local economies.The platform will provide access to new digital skills training for people across skill levels and interests. 
 
Iowa Water Service Excise Tax: Are You Subject to the Tax?
 
The Iowa Department of Revenue’s ongoing effort to educate businesses and organizations about the state’s new Water Service Excise Tax (WET). The Department has received many questions from taxpayers about who is subject to WET. Detailed information, including a webinar, about WET can be found at  https://tax.iowa.gov/WET

Real Colors Workshop
 
The next Real Colors workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at the IowaWORKS office in Decorah.  Call today to reserve your seat!
 
The Real Colors personality program is presented in a fast, fun, interactive format where participants can learn how to quickly identify the four temperaments (Blue, Gold, Green or Orange).
 
This 3-hour workshop provides an opportunity for people to examine who they are and how they relate to their associates in the workplace. The Real Colors program is a method for helping people understand human behavior; allowing them to recognize and value the differences in others. This knowledge provides valuable insight into what is most important to them, why they may react to situations differently than others, how to communicate effectively, and much more, at home and in the work place.

Most importantly, Real Colors is easy to incorporate into all areas of daily life. People leave the workshop able to apply the concepts immediately, to understand and communicate better right away.  For more information about Real Colors go to their website: realcolors.org! 
 

Funding Available to Help Grow
Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Iowa
Proposals Due to Iowa Workforce Development by July 27

DES MOINES – Organizations are invited to submit proposals to Iowa Workforce Development to receive funding to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa. 
 
Iowa Workforce Development was recently awarded an additional $1 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to strengthen and grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa. The grant is focused on expanding opportunities in healthcare and advanced manufacturing, the fastest growing and largest employment sectors in the state, as well as increasing the participation of women, youth, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. 
 
Organizations may apply for funding in five areas: Quality Pre-Apprenticeship; High School Registered Apprenticeship; Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship; Advanced Manufacturing Sector Registered Apprenticeship; and Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
 
Gov. Kim Reynolds encourages organizations to apply for the funding to further grow Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship footprint.
 
"Increasing the number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Registered Apprentices will help us close Iowa’s skills gap and help Iowans pursue rewarding careers and good-paying jobs," Gov. Reynolds said. "Healthcare and manufacturing are critical to Iowa's economy, and it is vital we have the skilled workers for these jobs. Registered Apprenticeship growth is an important strategy to help our state reach its Future Ready Iowa goal of having 70 percent of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025."
 
The funding proposals are due to Iowa Workforce Development by 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The full Request for Proposal (RFP) and  the guidelines for submitting a proposal is available online for the following programs:
 
  • Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
  • High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs
  • Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship Program 
  • Advanced Manufacturing Registered Sector Apprenticeship Program
  • Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program
 
Iowa Workforce Development received an initial $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor in November of 2016. The additional $1 million in funding ends on Oct. 31, 2020.
 
Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, said the additional funding can serve as a springboard for organizations to start a new program or support an existing program.
 
"More and more employers from diverse industries are finding a Registered Apprenticeship allows them to recruit, train and retain workers to build a workforce that meets their needs," Director Townsend said. "We are excited to receive this additional funding that we can share with organizations who are committed to growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, helping us to meet the Future Ready Iowa goal."
 
Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit, train a skilled workforce and retain talent. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations in industries that include energy, information technology, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, and the building trades. 
 
Iowa employers and job seekers can explore Registered Apprenticeship opportunities at earnandlearniowa.gov. The website helps employers understand how a Registered Apprenticeship Program works, the value it brings to their business, the resources available to help them set up a program and has a form to complete to receive more information.
 
Job seekers who are interested in exploring Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are encouraged to visit the website and fill out an online form to connect them to a local IowaWORKS Center. In addition IowaWORKS Center staff can help with resume preparation, cover letter assistance and mock interviews.  
 
Do you need to hire more people?
 
With Iowa's unemployment rate at 2.7 percent (tied for the third lowest in the country), organizations need to find creative solutions to fill open positions.

The Iowa Virtual Career Fair is your answer. The event targets over 10,000 veterans and their spouses who are willing to relocate for the right opportunity. Home Base Iowa is joining forces with RecruitMilitary to host its first-ever virtual career fair.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST
Registration is limited to 30 Iowa businesses or organizations.
Register Now!

Benefits For Participating
  • Pre-event email campaigns to over 10,000 veterans and their spouses within the vast RecruitMilitary database
  • Individual Virtual Booths to showcase your business
  • Chat rooms for real-time engagement in group and one-on-one interactions
  • Access to all registered candidates’ profiles and resumes
  • Tool to conduct video interviews, broadcasts or screencast presentations
  • Unlimited job postings in the virtual event
  • After event activity reporting
  • Event promotion including social media posts and targeted text messages
But I've Never Participated in a Virtual Career Fair Before!

RecruitMilitary provides full event support, making it simple to participate. Watch this video to learn how a virtual career fair works and the features on the platform. 

I'm Sold! Register Now!  Remember, registration is limited to the first 30 businesses and is filling fast!

Questions?  Contact Jason Kemp, Home Base Iowa Program Manager, at 515-822-8951 or by email
 
  

 2017 RAGBRAI Memory Lane
 
The office building at 101 West Main in Waukon is now showing off a tribute to the communities who hosted RAGBRAI in 2017.  With the help of Janine Wirth at Wall to Wall Custom, the 5 tshirt designs and a RAGBRAI photo is now displayed on the wall.
 
 
Val Reinke happened to find an Allamakee County Monopoly game from 1982 at a garage sale in New Albin this Spring.  Once again with the help of Janine, the game is proudly displayed at the 101 West Main office building.

 
     
  
Northeast Iowa YMCA celebrates the Peace Pole
 
The Northeast Iowa YMCA, located on West Post Street, celebrated the Planting of its Peace Pole last week. The planting of the Peace Pole symbolizes the mission of the YMCA to work with people of all faiths and nationalities. The commitment to inclusion, it was noted, creates better communities, a better country and a better world.

The Peace Pole is imprinted with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Somali, Hebrew and Spanish.

The YMCA is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life as they work side by side to strengthen communities.

Together the organization works to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, race, faith, gender, ideology, income or national origin has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

They are passionate about their cause to strengthen communities and know that their ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with people from all walks of life.

The Northeast Iowa YMCA is now registered as a Peace Site and is now is home to one of more than 200,000 Peace Poles around the world. The Peace Pole is a symbol that indicates the YMCA believes in peace. The Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family. 

It is the hope of all those affiliated with the YMCA that the pole becomes a “Living Peace Pole”, a gathering place for people throughout the community to reflect.

The Peace Pole was made possible through the generosity of the Allamakee County Community Foundation as they support the mission to strengthen communities.

May peace be in our homes and in our communities.
 
Events
       

Allamakee County Fair
July 18-22, 2018
 
You will find ACED at the Pavillion.  We will be kicking off the Countywide Comprehensive Plan.  Stop in and find out what that's all about.  ACED will be hosting a drawing for a shopping spree in Allamakee County.   

Meanwhile, each community will be tooting their own horn at the booth throughout the weekend.
Visit http://www.allamakeecounty.com/calendar-of-events.html   for more information/details on the above events.
 
Sunday, July 1
 National Young Farmers Coalition - Lingonberry in Decorah
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Summer Splash Wine is Back - Wine Tasting - Buffet - Empty Nest Winery
 Worship in the Park - Waukon City Park Jaycees Shelter

Monday, July 2
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Lansing City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 3
  Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Musical Matinee: Pirates of Penzance - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Waterville City Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 4
 Fourth of July Fireworks Show - Lansing
 Libraries & many other business will be closed - check before you go

Thursday, July 5
 Hook & Needle Club - Robey Memorial Library
 K-9 Story Time [Registration Required] - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, July 6
 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
 History & Rediscovery of the Peregrine Falcons - Effigy Mounds Visitors Center
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, July 7
 Bake Sale for Splash Pad - Legion Hall
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Fireworks at Dusk - Harpers Ferry
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Rockin' with Al - Dolores Tillinghast Library, Harpers Ferry
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, July 8
 Coloring Between the Wines - Empty Nest Winery
 Breakfast at IC Wexford
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, July 9
 Beginning Farmers Networking Event
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting
 NAMI Family Support Group - The Spectrum Network, Decorah
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting
 Summer Reading Challenge Registration begins! - Robey Memorial Library
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 10
 Library Board Meeting - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, July 11
 Brown Bag ‘n’ Books-Adult Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers Ferry Boosters Inc meeting - Community Center
 Kids and Teen Make & Take - Robey Memorial Library
 Teen BooK Club - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, July 12
 K-9 Story Time [Registration Required] - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, July 13
 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
 Macaroni Soup Family Concert - Robey Memorial Library
 Rocking & Reading - Tillinghast Public Library, Harpers Ferry
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, July 14
  5th Annual Ice Cream Social - Waterville
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Footfest - Tiki Bar, Lansing IA
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 NIFF - S and G Wedemeir's - Maynard IA
 Table Game Day - Robey Memorial Library
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, July 15
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, July 16
 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
 TAB (Teen Advisory Board) - Robey Memorial Library
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 17
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, July 18
 Kids and Teen Make & Take - Robey Memorial Library
 Real Colors workshop - IowaWORKS office in Decorah

Thursday, July 19
 Auxiliary Euchre Marathon - Waukon Wellness Center
 Book Sale - Robey Memorial Library
 K-9 Story Time [Registration Required] - Robey Memorial Library
 Night Book Club: Classic - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library
 Vacation Bible School Day(hosted by St. Paul's UMC) - location TBD

Friday, July 20
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Annual Red Rock Threshers Tractor Ride - Allamakee County
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin
 Kids Day at the Fair
 Terri Clark @ ALLAMAKEE COUNTY FAIR - Fairgrounds Waukon
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, July 21
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 King of Grace Bake Sale (The Voice of the Shepherd) - Quillins Waukon
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Shooky Fink tourney- New Albin
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, July 22
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, July 23
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society Mtg - Oil Springs School
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon Farmers Market - Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 24
 After School with Ross - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, July 25
 Coffee Hour - Zion United Church of Christ
 Kids and Teen Make & Take - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, July 26
 Driftless Summer Storytime - Allamakee County Conservation
 K-9 Story Time [Registration Required] - Robey Memorial Library
 Musical Journeys with Mark Armstrong- storytelling through music, 5:30pm
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, July 27
 Release Limited Edition White Lace wine -Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Farmer's Market Harper's Ferry - St. Ann's Parking Lot
 Farmers Market - New Albin

Saturday, July 28
 29th Annual Waukon Lions Variety Show - WHS Auditorium
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Driftless Super Slough(Kayak trip) - Tiki Bar, Lansing IA
 Farmers Market - Lansing
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Tiki Time Longest Shot Ski - Tiki Bar, Lansing IA
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, July 29
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Food Buffet (Fri & Sat Only) - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, July 30
 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, July 31
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
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