May 2015 Newsletter
View this email in your browser



ACED welcomes Val Reinke as our new Executive Director.  She will be starting her new duties on May 1st.   Val is not totally new to ACED as she has served as Secretary for the ACED Board of Directors for several terms. Val brings with her many years of leadership experience from her previous position as Marketing Officer/New Accounts Manager of New Albin Savings Bank.

 In the interim Ardie Kuhse, rose to the occasion not only as WEDC’s Executive Director, but also as Acting Executive Director for ACED. ACED’s staff and Board of Directors would like to thank Ardie for all of her hard work and dedication to both organizations. You're a GEM.


 On one of Governor Branstad’s business tours of Iowa, he made a stop in Allamakee County on Thursday, April 16th.  Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (ACED) had the pleasure of working with the Governor’s office on the business site he would visit.  Hall Roberts’ Son, LLC of Postville was chosen.  Hall Roberts’ Son has been in business for over 150 years and the Governor noted that this business is the second oldest family owned business in Iowa.  The Governor toured the facility and had the pleasure of meeting Hall Roberts, who at 89 still maintains a desk and daily hours at the company.  A gathering of city officials, Postville business leaders and two government classes from the Postville School District were on hand to hear the Governor’s remarks, ask questions and had time to personally visit with the Governor.  ACED would like to thank Chris Hoffert, General Manager and all of the staff of Hall Roberts’ for their wonderful hospitality and refreshments on that afternoon.  The governor makes an effort to visit all 99 counties at least once a year.  Hall Roberts’ Son has been a long standing member and supporter of ACED.    

May  is ACED Membership Drive Kick-off
We appreciate all the community and business support received through your membership commitment and look forward to serving you again in the new year.
Our goal here at ACED is always to promote and support our members first through marketing, advertising and business support.

We invite you to start making your summer plans now.  There is so much to see and do in Allamakee County.  Stop by the ACED office and look over our many brochures and let us help you with ideas of what to see and do here.  Be sure to stop by and pick up our new Allamakee County Visitor Guide.  There's no better time than May to start exploring Allamakee County!


The new Allamakee County Map is now available at the ACED office.  Not only is it a road map of all county roads, but it shows cemeteries and parks.  It has been designed to  include a detailed map of each Allamakee County community as well as highlighting points of interest for each community.

A Big Thank You  to the Allamakee County Assessor's Office, the Allamakee County Engineer's Office and the Iowa Tourism Office for making this project possible.  
Concerned About The School Start Bill

On April 10, Governor Branstad signed Senate File 227 into law. The bill states "the school calendar shall begin no sooner than August 23." Students from Indianola and many tourism industry representatives were on hand for the signing. 

From E-Traveler 4.14.15

ABD trucks start rolling


The first of 10 Iowa Alcoholic Beverages (ABD) trucks wrapped with a tourism message rolls out this month.  The other trucks will be wrapped and released regularly over the next few weeks. Messaging will stay on the trucks for 18 months from roll-out.

The trucks were offered as a partnership opportunity in December. Participating industry members are the Cedar Rapids CVB, Waterloo CVB, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Fireside Winery, Dubuque CVB, Living History Farms, Marshalltown CVB, Okoboji Tourism Committee, Greater Des Moines CVB and the Loess Hills Alliance.  A great cross country promotion so be sure to watch for them over the roadways.   

From E-Traveler 4.14.15

NICC is offering the opportunity for you to learn or enhance your bookkeeping skills through a Quickbooks Level 1 series of workshops.  The following courses will be covered:

Session 1:  Basic             Wednesday, May 20th
Session 2:  Vendors         Wednesday, May 27th
Session 3:  Customers     Wednesday, June 3rd  and
Session 4:  Payroll            Tuesday, June 9th

The series consists of four sessions, which can be attended individually or as a series, depending on the needs of the participant.

 All classes meet from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the NICC, Calmar campus, Wilder Business Center, , 1625 Highway 150 South.  To register visit
Lansing Iowa Job Link -'s photo.
To be added to their current list of Job Seekers, please email name, city and contact info to  Your info will then be provided to employers requesting their 'Current List.'

What a Great community resource.
May Calendar of Events

9th     Bird Walk                                         Effigy Mounds                      
12th   Potato Bake Fundraiser                  Good Samaritan Society               
13th   Family Wellness Fair                       Veterans Memorial Hospital        
13th   Postville City Wide Garage Sale     Postville 
13th   Harper Ferry's Fish Fry                   Harpers Ferry
13th   Amish School Auction                     Allamakee County Fairgrounds 
13th   Master Gardeners Plant Sale         Allamakee County Fairgrounds 
24th   EMT Pancake breakfast                 Harpers Ferry Fire Dept 
25th   Shooky Fink Tournamennt             New Albin 
25th   Memorial Observance                     New Albin 
25th   Memorial Day Parades                    Waukon/Lansing/Harpers Ferry 
25th   American Legion Pork Dinner         Harpers Ferry Legion 
25th   Memorial Observance                     Postville - Lutheran Church 
OUR MISSION 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. 

Copyright © 2015 Allamakee County Economic Development, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp