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Iowa Works Job Fair

Luther College, Decorah
March 1
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Open to the Public!
Call 1.866.520.8986 for details!

Kee High Career/College Fair

Kee High School, Lansing
March 21
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Open to the Public!
Call 1.563.538.4201

St. Patrick's Day Parade
 
Waukon
Sunday, March 18 
1 p.m. 

Parade starts at WW Homestead Dairy parking lot (line up at noon).
Wear your green and let your Irish out!
 
Calling all landlords with rental properties in Allamakee County.  Our office is working diligently to compile a listing of rental properties.  Our office receives calls from employers, residents and potential new residents/employees for housing options in our county.  Providing this information via our website with a printable PDF is key to handling these requests.  Please contact Terri Lindley by emailing at acedrecep@gmail.com, call 563.568.2624, or stop in.

As our office completes the first edition of the landlord listing, we will be switching gears and focusing on daycare providers.  Once again, our office receives calls from employers, residents and potential new residents/employees for daycare options in our county.  Let's meet this need by working together and compiling a handy guide on our website and a printable PDF.



Calling ALL Allamakee County Manufacturers
 
A Lunch & Learn Event has been scheduled to discuss the Future of Manufacturing. Mike O'Donnell, Program Director, Iowa State University, CIRAS will be presenting a rapid-fire presentation.  The presentation will hit topics such as digital manufacturing, new business models, augmented reality and many others - focused on how these technologies will impact manufacturing over the next 3-5 years. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
NICC-Waukon Campus-Rm. 113
Complimentary lunch will be served.

Manufacturers please RSVP by Thursday, March 29, 2018 to Allamakee County Economic Development by emailing aced@mchsi.com or calling 563.568.2624.
 

 
Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council
 
The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, located on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus, believes it is important to bring our community together to advance the STEM movement, which is transforming the nation.
 
April 3  -  Des Moines
Governor's Future Ready Iowa Summit

April 12  -  Calmar  
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
 
 
  

Housing Study Update
 
UERPC and ACED have presented housing information to Waterville, New Albin, Waukon and Allamakee County Board of Supervisors. 

The following presentations are scheduled: 
Lansing City Council Meeting, March 5, 7 p.m.
Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting, March 12, 1 p.m. 
Postville City Council Meeting, March 12, 7 p.m. 

The next Countywide Housing Task Force meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at NICC-Waukon Campus Room 113. 

Please take the time to review the information available at www.uerpc.org/allamakee-co-housing-study.html.

 
Marketing Class Recap

More than 25 people attended Marketing 151 Ideas workshop at Iron Ridge Church in Waukon on February 27th.  Jon Fields was the workshop facilitator.  After working in the industry for 10 years, Jon decided to take that real world experience into the classroom.  He completed his Masters and Ph.D. at Purdue University, specializing in consumer behavior.  Jon taught business courses at the university level for 15 years, and now brings his hands on business experience and insights gained through his business education to the business professionals in our area. 

The workshop focused on 1) Keep customers you have 2) Increase the average transaction size 3) Increase the frequency of the purchase.

The group also discussed sharpening your Unique Selling Proposition.  What is your most compelling benefit/advantage?  Why do customers continue to buy from us?  Why referral sources trust us?  What major frustration do we solve vs. competitors/industry?  Why is our guarantee superior?
Business Updates
 
Congratulations to Reel Core, the recipient of the Business of the Year award from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.  Thank you to Reel Core for expanding in Allamakee County!
 

Waukon Detailing and More...is OPEN!  You will find Waukon Detailing and More at 704 W Main St in Waukon.  Mark and Nicole Power provide detailing for cars, trucks, suvs, tractors, semis and boats.  They also clean windows in your home and business!  Call 720.425.7039 or 720.425.7038.
 

 
Congratulations to Casey's General Store for the new building in Postville!  This location opened February 15, 2018.
 

 
The Fajita Grill is now open in Lansing.  Check out their facebook page to catch their daily specials!
 
 
Safe House Saloon on Iowa Tourism Office’s 99 Restaurants List
 
February 21, 2018, Lansing, Iowa — Safe House Saloon in Allamakee County is proud to be included in the Iowa Tourism Office’s list of “99 Counties, 99 Restaurants.”

Nick Hammell, owner, Safe House Saloon commented, “We are really excited to see ourselves on this list with so many other great establishments. Iowa has so much to offer to locals or tourists alike, and we are proud to be considered part of that culture.”

The list includes one restaurant from every county and covers a wide range of dining options and specialty dishes. Travelers will find best burgers in Fairfield, top tenderloins in Prairie City, super steaks in Mason City, farm-to-table in Orient, fine dining in Cedar Rapids, cultural cuisines in Elkader, eclectic eats in Des Moines, comfort food in Balltown and so much more. “Food is synonymous with travel. Not only do people travel for the specific purpose of sampling unique, local cuisine, but when people travel for any reason, they’re also interested in authentic dining experiences,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “Iowa’s diverse ethnic communities, range of small towns and urban centers, and a strong agricultural industry combine to make our state home to some of the most interesting and memorable breakfast, lunch and dinner opportunities in the nation.”

People can browse the list by travel area at traveliowa.com/99restaurants or download the full list as a .pdf. Travelers are encouraged to take photos at the restaurants and share using #ThisIsIowa, #99restaurants, #visitiowa, #allamakeecounty, and #wowwhoknew.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.23 billion in expenditures and $502 million in state taxes, plus employs 69,500 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA, or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center. Travelers can find additional travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram account, or You Tube channel.
Events
 
Thursday, March 1
 Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike - County Road 527 South of Lansing. County Road 527
 Community Job Fair – Luther College – Dahl Centennial Union
 Hook & Needle Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, March 3
 Salvage Sisters at the Shed - Open - Rural Postville
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting Release Limited Edition (Love Potion) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, March 4
 Salvage Sisters at the Shed - Open - Rural Postville
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Waukon Wedding Showcase - Waukon Banquet Center
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 Kee Speech Dinner Event - TJ Hunters

Monday, March 5
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Lansing City Council Meeting (Housing Study Presentation)
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 6
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Stay & Play - Robey Memoria Library
 Travel Series - Robey Memorial Library 1:30pm
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Waterville City Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 7
 Recycle-Mania - Northeast Iowa YMCA in Postville
 Brown Bag ‘n’ Books: Adult Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, March 8
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library
 Walleye Fishing the Upper Mississippi with Ted Peck - Driftless Area Education and and Visitors Center

Friday, March 9
 Fish Fry (All You Can Eat) - St. Pat's Parish Hall, Waukon
 Teen Pizza & A Movie - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, March 10
 16 TEAM SCOTCH DOUBLE POOL TOURNAMENT- Hammys Hideout · Waterville, IA
 ATV/UTV Land Owners Supper - Old Rossville Store
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Murder Mystery - Miltys, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, March 11
 16 TEAM SCOTCH DOUBLE POOL TOURNAMENT- Hammys Hideout · Waterville, IA
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Pancake Breakfast - Waterville Fire Department
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, March 12
 Beginning Farmers Networking Event
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting (Housing Study Presentation)
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting (Housing Study Presentation)
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, March 13
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Green IA After School series - Robey Memorial Library
 Travel Series - Robey Memorial Library 1:30pm
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, March 14
 Harpers Ferry Boosters Inc meeting - Community Center

Thursday, March 15
 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

Friday, March 16
 DEADLINE - Soccer Camp Sign Up - Northeast Iowa YMCA, Postville

Saturday, March 17
 St. Patrick's weekend/wine tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 St Paddy's Day Weekend Bash - Good Fellas Bar, Waukon
 Table Game Day - Robey Memorial Library
 
Sunday, March 18
 St. Patrick's weekend/wine tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 St. Pats Parade - Downtown Waukon
 
Monday, March 19
 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Mtg - Harpers Ferry
 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

Tuesday, March 20
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Travel Series - Robey Memorial Library 1:30pm
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, March 21
 Kee High Career & College Fair - Kee High, Lansing

Thursday, March 22
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, March 23
Sportsman's Hunting/Fishing Exchange - Community Center, New Albin

Saturday, March 24
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Contagious Creativity Painting Party - Milty's
 Harpers Ferry Fireflies vs. Cedar Rapids Sizzlers - Harpers Ferry
 Harpers Ferry Fireflies vs. Center Point Model Ts - Harpers Ferry
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Sports Expo & Chili Cook-off - TJ Hunters, Lansing IA
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 Sportsman's Hunting/Fishing Exchange - Community Center, New Albin

Sunday, March 25
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, March 26
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Fresh Conversations - Waukon Wellness Center
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, March 27
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 After School with Ross - Robey Memorial Library
 Travel Series - Robey Memorial Library 1:30pm
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, March 29
 March Class: Weatherization with Green Iowa - Robey Memoria Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, March 31
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

 

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

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