April 2018 Newsletter
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Countywide Housing Study Update

The housing presentations have been completed in Waterville, New Albin, Waukon, Harpers Ferry, Postville and Lansing.

The next countywide housing task force meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at NICC-Waukon Campus Room 113.

Community input meetings will be scheduled throughout the county in April and May.

Housing is a HUGE piece of the economic development puzzle.  We cannot attract new residents if we do not have affordable housing.  We cannot attract new business without affordable housing for employees. 

If you have a rental property in Allamakee County, please contact our office.  We are trying desperately to wrap our arms around our inventory.  Please call Terri at 563.568.2624, email or stop in Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:30.

Each community, as well as the county, will have a list of priorities that will impact housing in the short term and the long term.  Please stay tuned for details.

 Selling Essentials Workshop
This class is for business owners and managers responsible for selling products and services that produce the cash flows and profits that allow your business to grow and prosper.
Estimates vary, but experts estimate that between 40 to 60% of potential sales are lost because of ineffective selling processes or practices.  The most unfortunate factor, however, is that most business owners and managers don’t recognize that the lost opportunities have occurred!
If those numbers apply to your business, how would it help if those lost opportunities were cut in half?  What would you do with the additional profits? 
It doesn’t matter if your business is involved in business-to-consumer sales or business-to-business sales, or if you are a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer – missed sales are sales that go elsewhere – to your competitors, making them stronger and more profitable. 
This Selling Essentials workshop will help all types of businesses, small and large, to increase sales revenues and profits.  The workshop provides the insights, tools and methods, to increase sales, but it will be up to you to follow through on what you learn.
Our presenter is Jon Fields, Ph.D.  Jon combines his hands-on business experience with high level academic and theoretical business information taught at the university level, and makes that information useable in the real world. 
Date:  Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, 201 West Main, Waukon
Cost: None if you do attend, but thousands of dollars in lost opportunities if you don’t!
Complimentary continental breakfast will be available.
Please contact Val Reinke at Allamakee County Economic Development to reserve your seat. 
Phone 563.568.2624
 Manufacturer's Lunch & Learn

Allamakee County Manufacturers
Lunch & Learn
Future of Manufacturing
Mike O’Donnell, Program Director
Iowa State University, CIRAS
This rapid-fire 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.
RSVP by Thursday, March 29, 2018 - CALL ME ASAP!
Allamakee County Economic Development
Email: Call: 563.568.2624
 Work Based Learning Workshop

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Location: NICC Waukon Center

*Attend this Work-Based Learning (WBL) Workshop to learn about engaging with students through tours, job shadows, internships, apprenticeships, etc. Also hear about becoming a Career Learning Link and NICC Career Services partner, the new Connect2Business NICC Career Hub System, and liability laws in Iowa.

*Learn from local businesses about their experiences with student job shadows and work-based learning.

*Learn from our local schools about their new school to work programs which provide work-based learning opportunities for students.

*Learn about exciting opportunities for local, low cost, high value training on topics such as: succession planning, working with multiple generations in the workplace, marketing to the millennials, talent management, building teams and much more.

*All businesses are encouraged to invite their local insurance representatives to attend with them.

*A binder of WBL information will be provided to all participants and a light breakfast will be served.


Gena Gesing/Wendy Mihm-Herold | Northeast Iowa Community College

Katie Bahl | IowaWORKS

Hollee McCormick | Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative

Erin Berns | Veterans Memorial Hospital

To Register Contact: Erica Nosbisch | | 563-568-3060

Wow, Who Knew?! Social Media Campaign

Attention Facebook Users!  Please LIKE Visit Iowa!  The Visit Iowa website and facebook page are managed by Northeast Iowa Tourism Association.  This association consists of 7 counties in Northeast Iowa.  This group pools funds together to market the "Best of Iowa, Northeast Iowa."  Throughout the month of March, Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, Buchanan, Winneshiek, Fayette and Chickasaw representatives posted a Wow, Who Knew?! fun fact.

The ACED office encourages facebook users to like, share and comment often!

Note:  The campaign results will be available for next month's newsletter.

Allamakee Libraries ROCK!

Allamakee Libraries Rock is hosted by the Allamakee County Libraries:  Delores Tillinghast Memorial Library/Harpers Ferry, Meehan Memorial Library/Lansing, New Albin Public Library, Postville Public Library, Waterville Public Library and Robey Memorial Library/Waukon; and Allamakee County Economic Development.

Go to allamakeelibrariesrock facebook page to learn more and join the fun!


 Overnight Travel Push

In an effort to encourage overnight travel in Allamakee County, we have compiled a comprehensive lodging guide and we are currently working on travel itineraries.  

The first itinerary:

Extreme Northeast Iowa - Allamakee County’s Scenic Adventure

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument
    • The 2,526-acre park is divided into two units (North and South) by the Yellow River. Walking trails provide modest to extended routes, allowing you to select your route and view a variety of mounds. An accessible boardwalk trail into the wetlands near the Visitor Center is available for disabled visitors and persons of all walking abilities.
    • 80,000 visitors/year
  • Yellow River State Forest
    • Located in Southeast Allamakee County, 729 State Forest Road, forest entrance via Harpers Ferry or State Highway 76. Yellow River State Forest was first acquired as a state forest in 1935, the Yellow River State Forest has grown to encompass nearly 9,000 acres of natural beauty.
    • 40,000 visitors/year
  • Driftless Area Scenic Byway
    • This beautiful scenic byway zigzags its way on hard-surfaced and gravel roads through the high relief, pre-glacial landscape in extreme northeastern Iowa in Allamakee County.  This byway has been voted most scenic byway in the state of Iowa.
    • 100 miles of amazing!
  • Great River Road
  • Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center
Take your scenic adventure to another level…
  • Hiking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Bird Watching
  • Beer Tasting
  • Trout Fishing
  • Cheese Curd Tour
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping

Go to for a calendar of events, lodging guide, and business directory.  If you would like to chat further, please call 563.568.2624, email, or stop in at 101 W Main Street in Waukon.  Our office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30.

Stay tuned for details for our second itinerary "Uniquely Allamakee."

Chili Masters are Named

The 5th Annual Allamakee County Chili CookOff was hosted on Saturday, March 24 at TJ Hunters downtown Lansing.

1st Place Craig White
2nd Place Olaf Johnson
3rd Place Gary Kerndt
$300 in cash was awarded.

Official Bragging Rights & Traveling Trophy
S&S Houseboat Rentals


Job Postings Galore

First and foremost we encourage employers and job seekers to utilize Iowa Workforce Development's website!  Listings are FREE.  In the perfect world, it would be super to visit one site for all job openings! 

ACED opted to post a list of job openings on ACED's facebook page.  Wow!  It was great to see the likes and shares, please keep it going!  We will continue to scour of regular resources for openings or you can contact Terri directly Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:30, Monday through Friday at 563.568.2624 or

Postville Career Fair
Postville High School Gym
April 19, 2018 
Postville is hosting a College/Career Fair on April 19 from 5-7 P.M. in the high school gym. This is the same night as 7-12 P/T conferences.Come talk with local businesses about career opportunities. Discuss your college options with a variety of community and 4-year representatives. Want your FAFSA or Financial aid questions answered? ICAN will be here to support you.Military recruiters will be available to discuss future opportunities.IowaWORKS will also be available to assist with your resume, cover letter, and other career availabilities. There is something for everyone!This is open to the public, everyone welcome.

Business Workforce Alliance
Workplace Stability Workshop
Calmar – April 5
Are you dealing with employees that are constantly late, battling child care or transportation issues?  Low-wage workers can experience personal instability that leads to absenteeism, health problems and violations of workplace expectations, leading to lower morale, less attention to work and decreased job performance.  Ermina Soler, with the City of Dubuque’s Circles Initiative will share information on instability to help you create an action plan. Breakfast is provided. See attached flyer for more details! Reply to this email to register!
10 Hour OSHA training – Space is limited!  Sign up today!
May 1-2, Calmar
Katie Bahl, MA
Business Marketing Specialist, Region 1

680 Main St, 2nd Floor
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
563-556-5800 ext. 48130
IowaWORKS Workshop Calendars
IowaWORKS assists with filing for unemployment insurance, provides job searching and resume assistance resources and a variety of workshops and testing. View our full schedule of workshops  in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. These are open to anyone, whether you are unemployed, looking for a new job or career or just want to learn more.  Employers are able to host job fairs within our offices and those are also listed on the calendar.  Do you have a business location elsewhere in Iowa? You can also view the calendar workshops for those too!
 And from the Department of Labor...
Jobs in February  
The American economy added 313,000 jobs in February, the strongest month since President Trump’s election. The unemployment rate has remained at 4.1%, a 17-year low, for five months in a row. “We saw positive movement in the labor force participation rate, and we would like to see that continue over the coming months,” Secretary Acosta said.
Job Growth
A new report from BLS shows a strong American job market, with a record-high 6.3 million job openings in January, up 645,000 from December. A separate report shows January jobless rates dropped over the year in 337 metropolitan areas.
Apprenticeship Task Force
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta hosted the third meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Secretary Acosta serves as Chairman of the Task Force, and he was joined by Co-Chairs U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The Task Force – representing companies, labor unions, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials – brings to the table substantial workforce development experience in addressing the nation’s skills gap.

Carl's Auto Repair
(fka: Kars Auto & small engine)
204 2nd Ave. NW, Waukon IA 52172

Donahue’s One Stop in Harpers Ferry Welcomes
New Owners: Steve & Brooke Weighner

S & S Houseboats 
New Owners: Blake and Amanda Schoh
Open House/Meet & Greet  - May 26

New Businesses/New Management

2nd Hand Heaven Clothing Consignment Shop 

Grand Opening!  April 6, 2018
10 AM · 341 Main St, Lansing, IA


Sunday, April 1
 Easter Service - Forest Mills UMC & St. Paul's UMC - Waukon
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, April 2
 Applications DUE for Allamakee County Conservation Foundation scholarship
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Lansing City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative
 Waukon City Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 3
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 The Opioid Crisis: A Local Perspective - Farmers & Merchant Bank, Waukon
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Waterville City Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 4
 U.S. Census Testing for Allamakee - NICC Waukon Center

Thursday, April 5
 Norwegian Meatball Supper – Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library
 Workplace Stability Workshop – NICC Calmer Wilder Center

Friday, April 6
 Lansing Laua - Lansing
 Men & Boys Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 Soccer Camp - Northeast Iowa YMCA, Postville
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Sentenced to Life, The Mark Becker Story WHS Auditorium
Postville Diversity Celebration - Postville High School

Saturday, April 7
 Lansing Laua - Lansing
 Men & Boys Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 Soccer Camp - Northeast Iowa YMCA, Postville
 Kee Play
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Dubuque Cuties vs. Harpers Ferry Fireflies - Dubuque, IA
 La Crosse Does vs. Harpers Ferry Fireflies - Dubuque, IA
 Lansing Luau - Lansing IA
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 NA Library Spring painting class w/ Kelly. - New Albin community center.
 Wine Tasting & 3 activities(try 1 or all) - Empty Nest Winery

Sunday, April 8
 Lansing Laua - Lansing
 Men & Boys Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 Kee Play
 Breakfast at Immaculate Conception - Wexford.
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, April 9
 Beginning Farmers Networking Event
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Food and Farm Network - 1007 Locust Rd, Decorah,
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, April 10
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Green IA After School series - Robey Memorial Library
 Lansing City Wide Clean-Up
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Wednesday, April 11
 Harpers Ferry Boosters Inc meeting - Community Center

Thursday, April 12
 STEM Festival - NICC Calmar Campus, Wilder Business Center.
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, April 13
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library

Saturday, April 14
 Author Dick Stahl reading from his book "Bluffing" - Effigy Mounds
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Doubles Pool Tourney • Spring Ave Pub • Waukon, IA
 HF Wild Game Feed - HF Fire Station
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 ANGEL FEST - St. Paul's UMC, Waukon

Sunday, April 15
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, April 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
 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, April 17
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library

Thursday, April 19
 Auxiliary Euchre Marathon - Waukon Wellness Center
 Book Sale - Robey Memorial Library
 Night Book Club: Classic - Robey Memorial Library
 Postville College/Career Fair - PV high school gym
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, April 20
 Men's Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library

Saturday, April 21
 Men's Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Jades Benefit - Spring Avenue Pub !
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 Healthy Kids Day - Free Event & Open to the Public • Northeast Iowa YMCA • Postville, IA

Sunday, April 22
 Men's Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, April 23
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

Tuesday, April 24
 Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 After School with Ross - Robey Memorial Library
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 United Methodist Women's Guest Night - St. Paul's UMC

Thursday, April 26
 Tai Chi - Harpers Ferry Community Center
 Tech Tutor - Robey Memorial Library

Friday, April 27
 Allamakee Libraries Rock! - New Albin Library
 Women and Girls' Retreat - Village Creek Bible Camp

Saturday, April 28
 3rd Annual Rusty Rides Run - Spring Ave. Pub, Waukon
 BINGO - Harpers Ferry Legion Hall
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery
 Wine Trail Weekend - Northeast IA

Sunday, April 29
 Madigan's Winery Tasting - Madigan Winery, Lansing
 Wine Tasting - Empty Nest Winery

Monday, April 30
 Chess Club - Robey Memorial Library
 Fresh Conversations - Waukon Wellness Center
 Unemployment Outreach Representative

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