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IMPORTANT EMPLOYER INFORMATION

New Rule Will Expand Overtime to Many

Read about changes for salaried employees and overtime requirements here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/
 



Lansing Fish Days
August 11-14, 2016

 
Lansing Fish Days began in 1931 to celebrate the opening of the Blackhawk Bridge, originally a toll bridge that connects Iowa and Wisconsin. It continues to be a yearly celebration that has entertainment for all.

Lansing Fish days provides loads of entertainment for the whole family throughout the weekend.  Enjoy inflatables for the kids, nightly entertainment, arts & craft vendors, softball, parade, fireworks  and much more!

 Visit http://www.lansingfishdays.com/index.html  or https://www.facebook.com/LansingFishDays/  for more information on Fish Days.

 


 
 
Waukon Corn Days
August 19-21, 2016

 
Waukon’s annual Corn Days celebration features three days’ worth of family-oriented activities beginning with an affordable meal of sweet corn, pork sandwiches and milk served from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 19. Entertainment during the meal will include a celebrity dunk tank, balloon animals, caricature artist, a face painter, the crowning of royalty and toilet bowl races.
Main Street from Rossville Road to First Street NW including West Street will be closed to vehicle traffic Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday for the street fair.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/waukoncorndays/   for more information on Corn Days event.

Interested in the VMH 5k Run/Walk set for Saturday August 20, 2016? Go to http://veteransmemorialhospital.com/home/index.php/events/5k-cardiac-classic-fun-run-walk  for more information.

 
Waterville Library to Sponsor a Boat Ride along the Mississippi
 
Patrons and friends of the Waterville Library will enjoy a boat ride on August 4th.  Leaving from the McGregor riverfront at 10 am.  Boat ride will last 2 1/2 hours. 

Boat ride is limited to the first 40 people that sign up, it can be done so by calling 535-7295 and leaving name and number, or by emailing the librarian; 
director@waterville.lib.ia.us 

Suggested donation of $10 per family.  








ACED Membership Renewal Time

Hello ACED Membership!  In July, our office mailed an invoice, questionnaire, and business listing to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Val directly at 563.568.2624.

What is Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) all about?  It is our county’s official business recruiter, business expansion and tourism organization.  We are a nonprofit, county-wide corporation.  Our primary emphasis is to enhance existing economic development efforts through retention and expansion of existing business and industry, tourism marketing and coordination, housing need assessment and development, and the recruitment of new business and industry by providing assistance and referrals.

How is Allamakee County Economic Development funded?  We are funded by annual contributions from the county, communities, and through business memberships.  Our organization has been in existence since 1997 and governed by a seven person Board of Directors.  Currently our directors are Matt Cole, Alliant Energy-Lansing Plant; Bill Nation, Harpers Ferry; Mike Myers, Veterans Memorial Hospital; Sharon Kubitz, Ewing Real Estate; Mike Kruckenberg, Waukon State Bank; Christina Drahos, Drahos & Senft CPAs; and Larry Schellhammer, Board of Supervisors - Allamakee County. 
 

NICC Classes 

The Perfect Storm
 

 For the first time ever, there are four generations (soon to be five!) in the workforce.  This has never happened before and is creating all kinds of new issuues.  Each generation, Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and GererationY bring a different perspective to the workplace. Unless bridged, these differences can be frustrating and will impact an organization's bottom line.  What are each generation's core values? What do they expect of their leaders and how do they define success? In this engaging program, John Graci answers these questions and much more. Filled with concrete examples and entertaining front line stories, this presentation will show all attendees we are all "diferent" and how to make the most out of cross-generational differences.

Class#:    51604      
Date:       Tuesday August  2, 2016
Time:       1-3 pm
Cost:        $59
Location: Students at the Calmer, Cresco, Oelwein, Manchester and Waukon Locations will be participating via web-based video conference transmitted from the host location in Dubuque.

Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business
 
Thinking about starting your own business but not sure how to begin? There are so many questions you need to answer for yourself. Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? How do I know if my business idea is a good one? Will I have enough money to start the business or what are by financing options. All of these concepts, and perhaps more that you haven't even thought of yet, are discussed in this class. So join us to learn what is necessary to build a firm foundation for your new venture. We'll help you determine business feasibility, choose a legal form of business, register and license a business, and learn to make cash flow projections. We want you to be the one out of five small business owners who actually succeed and we're here to help you develop a business plan to make it happen.

Class #:   50588
Date:       Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
Time:        9 -11 am
Cost:        $15
Location:  NICC Waukon Center
A Roadmap for Talent Management and Succession Planning
 
The future success of an organization hinges on two primary factors.  Recognizing the organizational culture, particularly as it relates to the hiring process, is critical to creating a succession plan, and a solid succession plan is dependent on the organization's current attention to attracting and retaining talented employees.  It is the job of every member of the organization to contribute to this effort, but managers who supervise staff have an especially important role in the support and development of the next generation of leaders. We'll address talent management issures such as providing quality performance reviews and offer transition tools to implement a smooth succession process.   Are you ready for your future?

Class #:     Waukon #51351
Date:         Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time:         9-11 a.m.
Cost:          $49
Instructor:   Celina Peerman
Location:  Students at the Calmer, Cresco, Oelwein, Manchester and Waukon Locations will be participating via web-based video conference transmitted from the host location in Dubuque.
 
SEO Class Recap
 
What the heck is SEO?  SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is all about unpaid search results for your website. This class was hosted by ACED on July 12th.

Tabita Green was the instructor and she is someone you should meet.  Check her out online!  http://tabitagreen.com/.  You will find that she is a consultant, an author, and an educator. 

Here are just a few items we covered in the class:  Google Analytics, Identify and Fix 404 errors, ensure your website in mobile ready, ensure you have one main URL, regularly create valuable, shareable content, claim your Google Business Page, and target specific keywords on pages. 

Thank you to those who attended.

SEO can help us work smarter!


 

Building For Sale in Allamakee County
Located in Waukon

Please visit the following link for more details.  https://www2.locationone.com/(S(qanjfabqcxxsux1lrd4m4itp))/PropertySearch.aspx?BuildingId=5052534  OR

Visit https://www2.locationone.com/(S(adcwzbi121bqo3kg2dfjruor))/PropertySearch.aspx?display=results&section=buildings
to view other buildings/businesses for sale in Allamakee County.

 
Save the Dates


ACED's Annual Meeting



Save the date – Thursday, October 13, 2016 is ACED’s Annual Meeting.  More details to come.

 
ATV/UTV Club Membership Kick Off Event 
 

The Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club will be hosting an informational meeting and membership drive 
Thursday, August 4 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion, in Waukon, beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the club or joining the club is encouraged to attend.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting but would lide additional information or would like to join the club is asked to contact Dennis Blocker at 563-568-2315.



Remember we Live, Work & PLAY in Allamakee County
 

Let's get the Good Times Rolling

 
 
Interested in Serving on the ACED Board?

The ACED Board of Directors consists of 6 elected positions and 1 appointed County Supervisor. Board members must be ACED members in good standing to serve on the board. Each term is three years long and terms are staggered so two board members terms expire each year. Board members can serve indefinite consecutive terms as long as they receive the majority of the votes. Each ACED member receives one ballot each year via mail. Winners are announced at the ACED annual banquet. ACED Board is currently meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month at noon. Ideally ACED would like to see representation throughout the county. If you are interested in serving on the ACED Board, please contact Val Reinke by calling 563.568.2624 or emailing aced@mchsi.com.



Seeking Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Business Award Nominations


Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award. To be eligible, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County. ACED will accept nominations until Thursday, September 15, 2016. Award winner announcement and ceremony will be at the ACED Annual Banquet in October. The Award Recipient will receive a plaque and will be added to the Award Plaque that is displayed at the ACED office. Mike Ferring Construction of Waukon was the 2015 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner, and ACED looks forward to announcing another business that is making a positive impact at their annual meeting this October.

This Business Recognition award was created in 2011 to honor the late Cloy Kuhse whom was an ACED Board Director. “The award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee   County as well as to honor the memory of Cloy and his vision,” ACED Executive Director Val Reinke stated.

To nominate a business, nomination forms can be picked up at the ACED office, 101 W. Main Street, Waukon and are available on the ACED website, http://www.allamakeecounty.com under Economic Development.

Contact ACED at 563-568- 2624 for more information.

 

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is our county’s official business recruiter, business expansion and tourism organization.  ACED is a nonprofit, county-wide corporation. Its primary emphasis is to enhance existing economic development efforts through retention and expansion of existing business and industry, tourism marketing and coordination, housing need assessment and development, and the recruitment of new business and industry by providing assistance and referrals.

ACED is funded by contributions from the County and Communities of Allamakee and also through business memberships. ACED was formed in 1997 and is governed by a seven person Board of Directors. ACED has assisted many business, commercial and tourism enterprises in realizing the opportunities that exist in Northeast Iowa.
 


August Events


Monday, August 1
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC Waukon Center
Waterville City Council Meeting
Waukon City Council Meeting
Chess Club (all skill levels) 4-6pm  - Robey Memorial Library

Tuesday, August 2
The Perfect Storm – NICC Waukon Center
Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Tater Tuesday - Dave's Gus & Tony's Pizza & Steakhouse

Wednesday, August 3
Summer Explorers: Balloon Sculpting, 10-11am - Robey Memorial Library
Brown Bag 'n' Books, 12-1pm - Robey Memorial Library
Make & Take for Kids and Teens, 1:30-3:30pm - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, August 4
Hook & Needle: Crochet and Knit Club, 5:30pm - Robey Memorial Library
     (all skill levels welcome)
Tech Tutor (drop in for tech & gadget help desk) 10am-12pm - Robey Memorial Library
Boat Ride - Leaving from the McGregor riverfront at 10 am.
     (Waterville Library – Pre-registration required)see article above for more information

Friday, August 5
Release Limited Edition Dragonfly Dreams wine at 4:00.  Serving grilled pork on
      a stick from 5-8 Friday and 11-2 Saturday - Empty Nest Winery
Brat Cookout 11am-1pm - Gundersen parking lot, Waukon

Saturday, August 6
Summer Reading Challenge ends, 4pm - Robey Memorial Library

Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Sunday, August 7
Live Music outside on the patio 1-4pm featuring Namoli; no cover - Empty Nest Winery
Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Monday, August 8
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting 
New Albin City Council Meeting
Postville City Council Meeting
Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC Waukon Center
Chess Club (all skill levels) 4-6pm  - Robey Memorial Library

Tuesday, August 9
Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Tater Tuesday - Dave's Gus & Tony's Pizza & Steakhouse
After School with Ross - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, August 10
Summer Explorers: Build an Owl program, 10-11am - Robey Memorial Library
Teen Summer Book Club, 10:30am - Robey Memorial Library
Healthy Life: Eating Well, 5:30pm - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, August 11
Found It on Pinterest: make a project, 5:30pm - Robey Memorial Library
      (supplies provided)
Tech Tutor (drop in for tech & gadget help desk) 10am-12pm - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, August 12
Lansing Fish Days
Friday Night Cruisin' - WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon
Build your own Food Buffet During Tasting Hours: Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, August 13
Lansing Fish Days
Scratch Curbside 11-2pm - Lansing Fish Days 

Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Sunday, August 14
Lansing Fish Days
Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Monday, August 15
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Lansing City Council Meeting
Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC Waukon Center
Waukon City Council Meeting
Chess Club (all skill levels) 4-6pm  - Robey Memorial Library

Tuesday, August 16
Amish Haystack Supper – Waukon Banquet Center
Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Tater Tuesday - Dave's Gus & Tony's Pizza & Steakhouse

Wednesday, August 17
Family Movie Night: Zootopia, 5:30pm  - Robey Memorial Library
      (bring your own movie snacks)

3rd Annual Allamakee County Veterans Picnic in the Park 11am-??- Waukon City Park
Thursday, August 18
Auxiliary Euchre Marathon - Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center
Book Sale, 2-6pm - Robey Memorial Library
Thursday Night Book Club: Real Life Event, 6pm - Robey Memorial Library
Tech Tutor (drop in for tech & gadget help desk) 10am-12pm    - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, August 19
Waukon Corn Days
Release of Limited Edition Truffle wine at 4:00 - Empty Nest Winery

Saturday, August 20
Waukon Corn Days

VMH's 5K Cardiac Classic FUN Run/Walk 8am (reg. @ 7am) - Veterans Memorial Hospital
Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Sunday, August 21
Waukon Corn Days
Live Music outside on the patio 1-4pm; no cover - Empty Nest Winery

Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Monday, August 22
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC Waukon Center
Chess Club (all skill levels) 4-6pm  - Robey Memorial Library

 Tuesday, August 23
Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Tater Tuesday - Dave's Gus & Tony's Pizza & Steakhouse
After School with Ross, 3:30pm - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, August 25
A Roadmap for Talent Management & Succession Planning -
      NICC Waukon Center
Allamakee County Conservation Board to Host Summer Naturalist Series - ACCB
      Headquarters, 427 N. First Street, Harpers Ferry.
Healthy Life: Healthy Habits, 5:30pm - Robey Memorial Library
Tech Tutor (drop in for tech & gadget help desk) 10am-12pm  - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, August 26
Build your own Food Buffet During Tasting Hours: Empty Nest Winery
Saturday, August 27

5K Walk/Run (NAIL fundraiser for school supplies) 10am - New Albin, IA
Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing
Sunay, August 28
Wine Tasting 12-5pm - Madigan Winery, Lansing

Monday, August 29
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
FREE MEALS in WAUKON – First Presbyterian Church Waukon
Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC Waukon Center
Fresh Conversations
Chess Club (all skill levels) 4-6pm  - Robey Memorial Library

Tuesday, August 30
Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Tater Tuesday - Dave's Gus & Tony's Pizza & Steakhouse


Visit http://www.allamakeecounty.com/calendar-of-events.html   for more information/details on above events or click on the following links to go to individuals sites.


Robey Memorial Library              Lansing Fish Days                WW Homestead Dairy      
NICC Waukon Center                 Empty Nest Winery               Waukon Wellness Center
Waukon Banquet Center            Madigan Winery                     Veteran's Memorial Hospital
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