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January 2018 Newsletter
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The ACED office will be closed Monday, January 1st in
observance of the New Year holiday. 
The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 
Best wishes for a prosperous and successful New Year! 



Countywide Housing Study Update
 
The Countywide Housing Survey deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017.  At this time, we have collected 535 surveys, which was no small task.  Many thanks to all of you who completed the survey.  Currently, community housing meetings are being set in each community. 
Harpers Ferry, Monday, February 12, 1 p.m.
Lansing, TBA
New Albin, Monday, February 12, 7 p.m.
Postville, TBA
Waterville, Monday, February 6, 6 p.m.
Waukon - TBA
If you would like to view the 66 pages of data collected from the census, assessor and more, please go to Upper ExplorerLand Regional Planning Commisssion's website at http://www.uerpc.org/allamakee-co-housing-study.html.  The housing survey results will also be posted on the website, just as soon as the data is reviewed. 

Developers, builders, real estate agents, electricians, plumbers and more will be invited or have been invited to the conversation.  Interested in being involved, call 563.568.2624 or email aced@mchsi.com.
 
Do You Need Computer IT Assistance?
 
If you are looking for Computer IT assistance for your business or for you personally, please read on for local assistance.  I have talked with each contact directly about their Computer IT services. Please reach out and see what they can do for you.


AcenTek/CCS Technologies, La Crescent
Erik Ruzek


IROC, Calmar
Ahmed Khalili


NEIT (Northeast Iowa Telephone), Monona
Jesse Swenson


JaDecc's, Waukon
Corey Shelton
Currently, JaDecc's is considering reintroducing Computer IT part of their business.

WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit) is available
 
This tax credit is a federal business tax credit for Iowa's employers.  WOTC reduces an employer's cost of doing business by decreasing their federal income tax liability between $2400 - $9600 per employee.

Contact:
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Coordinator
Iowa Workforce Development
Division of Workforces Services
1000 E Grand
Des Moines, IA  50319
Email:  wotc.coordinator@iwd.iowa.gov

Community Venture Network
 
Val Reinke attended CVN (Community Venture Network) event on Friday, December 8, 2017 in St. Paul.  More than a dozen Twin Cities based businesses were looking for investors, employees, re-location sites and/or buildings, buyer, etc.  It is important to have sites and buildings ready to go, as well as, a trained workforce and affordable housing.   

Press Releases - Mini Version
 
Allamakee County Revolving Loan Fund
There are dollars available in Allamakee County Revolving Loan Fund.  Go to www.allamakeecounty.com for details.
 
Lodging Guide
The ACED Office has collected all lodging options, so we know how many heads in beds we can accommodate in the county.  See www.allamakeecounty.com/lodging for details.

Calendar of Events
The ACED Office collects event information on a monthly basis to include in our newsletter, website, and social media.  Larger events are promoted in Northeast Iowa Tourism Association, Eastern Iowa Tourism. and Iowa Tourism websites and social media. 

Rental Listing
The ACED Office is working on the rental listing.  Many thanks to the landlords who have responded to the questionnaire.  What's next?  A daycare listing!  More details to come.
 




 
NICC  - January 30, 2018 - Certified Nurse Aide Course - 4:00 pm
A great opportunity to jump start your future!
 
Career Workshop - Friday, February 9 - Waukon High School - morning 
This event is for high school juniors and seniors in the area.  Guest speakers will include business owner, real estate agent, educator, nurse, radiologist, lineman, auto mechanic, agronomist and more.  This event is great partnership between the schools, economic development, businesses and students, because it builds awareness to what is available in our own backyard. 
 
  
 
Business Updates!
 
Fiesta Vallarta restaurant is coming to Lansing!  They are planning to open in late February. Work has started on the interior already! Welcome to Lansing!

Jet's Meat Processing expanded services to include the cafe next door earlier this year.  Now Jet's has completed an addition to the meat processing area.  

NE IA Auto Body has outgrown their current location and have built a larger facility just south of Reel Core.

Upper Iowa Insurance Services completed a renovation and has dropped the Leschensky Insurance Agency name. 

If you have a site or building available, please let ACED know. 
 
 

Lansing's holiday shopping promotion promoted local jingle!    Shopping dollars jingled to the tune of $215,000 in sales from November 15 - December 20!   Lansing Main Street Director acknowledged more business involvement and program awareness helped drive dollars to a new high.
 


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train traveled through Marquette, stopped in Lansing and then New Albin on December 7.  New Albin Mayor Josh Dreps, Way Station representative Al Meiners and NAIL representative Alexie Grotegut accepted a $2500 donation from CP for the local food shelf.

The Waukon Holiday Parade was blessed with fabulous weather on December 4. 
ACCB hosts Family Fullmoon Snowshoe hikes again in 2018!
 

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) has announced the dates of their annual Fullmoon Snowshoe Hikes for the Winter of 2018. The hikes are family friendly, free of charge, and hikers with or without snowshoes are encouraged to attend. The ACCB has various size snowshoes available, as well as trekking poles for those who do not have their own. Advanced registration is needed for participants who are wishing to use a pair of the ACCB equipment.
 
A Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike will occur on February 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The hike will take place on the Paint Rock trail, 4 miles south of Harpers Ferry, on Paint Rock Road. With views of the Mississippi River valley the hike will take us to Paint Rock Overlook and Camp Terry Hennesey in the Yellow River State Forest. This hike will be approximately 2.5 miles long and take place on maintained trails. Please Park along Paint Rock Road.
 
March 1, 2018 a Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike will occur on County Road 527 South of Lansing. County Road 527 is a level B maintenance road along the Mississippi River and offers great views of the moon rising over the river bluffs. The hike will be a down and back distance of approximately 4 miles, but participants may travel as far as they wish. Please park at the Allamakee Rural Recycling location at the end of Powerplant Drive.
 
For more information on these or any events that are held by the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center follow them on Facebook and Instagram or by contacting the Board at (563)538-0403. In case of inclement weather or poor trail conditions all announcements will be made via the Allamakee County Conservation Facebook page and anyone who is preregistered will be contacted the day of the event.

 

Snowshoes available for rent: 
Wellness Center, Waukon
Barry's Mini-Mart, Harpers Ferry
Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, Lansing
 

Events
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Stay & Play - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
 Brown Bag ‘n’ Books: Adult Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, January 4, 2018
 Hook & Needle Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, January 6, 2018
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Sunday, January 7, 2018
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Monday, January 8, 2018
 Beginning Farmers Networking Event
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
 Daniel and Revelation Community Bible Study - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, January 11, 2018
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, January 13, 2018
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Sunday, January 14, 2018
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Monday, January 15, 2018
 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Mtg - Harpers Ferry
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Essential Oils Classes - New Abin Townhouse
 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, January 16, 2018
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 Daniel and Revelation Community Bible Study - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, January 18, 2018
 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

Saturday, January 20, 2018
 7th Annual Ice Fishery - New Albin Fire & Rescue
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Game Day: learn The Oregon Trail card game - Robey Memorial Library
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Sunday, January 21, 2018
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Monday, January 22, 2018
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
 Daniel and Revelation Community Bible Study - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, January 25, 2018
 January Class: Intro to Credo - Robey Memorial Library
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Saturday, January 27, 2018
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Mardi Gras (St. Patrick School) - Waukon Banquet Center

Sunday, January 28, 2018
 HF Youth Ice Fishing Clinic - Nobles Island
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Monday, January 29, 2018
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Fresh Conversations - Waukon Wellness Center
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Daniel and Revelation Community Bible Study - Robey Memorial Library


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

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