Certified Sites: Update

The Alliance has received a conditional invitation to move forward to step three of the certified sites program for both sites that were submitted. This is very exciting news for all involved with these sites. A full invitation to move forward is pending on a few last-minute details that will be submitted by the first of the year.

Step two of the certification process was submitted in August, and since then, the Alliance has been working to provide more information to the IEDA and the Certified Shovel Ready Program. Site certification visits were conducted mid-September, which helped bring both sites through to the third step in the process.

Both the Van Meter and Dexter sites are submitted as large sites, which must be at least 250 acres in size.

Step three of the site certification process is much more rigorous, and has a longer time frame for completion.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority uses these certified sites to market economic growth in Iowa. The approved sites are then marketed nationally, to ensure that Iowa stays top-of-mind and competitive with other states. This helps site selectors realize what Iowa has to offer and show the opportunities found in the state. Certified sites reduce the risk of the unknown for site selectors, and help the overall development process.

ASourceLink.com Launched to Help Small Business

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds launched IASourceLink.com in an effort to cultivate small businesses and entrepreneurial ideas. IASourceLink.com is a “one-stop shop” for existing small business owners and entrepreneurs to find resources that can help them with their business endeavors.

Since small business and start-ups are so crucial to Iowa’s private sector jobs, this online resource provides a way for expansion and growth resources to become more widely available. These resources range from information on assistance and funding to contact information for partners in communities that can assist a small business whether they are just starting out, expanding, or sustaining their business. The overall goal was to find ways to improve the business environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The IEDA is also working on another online resource that would provide further information through blogs, webinars, and other resource pages through the University of Northern Iowa.

U.S. SourceLink is a national resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs. This Iowa network is one of 20 networks nationwide. The Greater Des Moines Partnership has also released a network for Central Iowa, at cisourcelink.com.

Read the press release here.


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