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Workforce Development luncheon Nov 15

Washington County's unemployment rate this Fall is 2.6%. The laborforce has expanded to 12,800+ with only 300 unemployed people. Only 91 people are drawing unemployment benefits. Job postings are up here and around Southeast Iowa. What is an Employer to do?

WEDG is hosting an annual Workforce Development meeting from 11:30-1:30, Wednesday November 15th with a full agenda of information and updates for Employers in Washington County and the southern end of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

The free long-lunch meeting will be at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Dallmeyer Hall, and will include lunch and great networking. We only have a meeting like this once every year or two, so please attend!

 Workplace Learning Connection update

Judy Marshall, Business Coordinator from Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection, will discuss partnership opportunities for businesses through WLC programming and highlight current collaborations in Washington County. Programming such as Job Shadows, Internships, Work-Site Tours, Career Speakers, and Teacher @ Work experiences for schools, will be discussed as we help in building Iowa’s workforce of tomorrow.

Home Base Iowa v.2 update

 Mace Huffman will talk about his role as a Veterans Representative, and the Home Base Iowa program; both from an employer perspective and job seeker (veteran). Mace will review the HBI website and provide an overview to the HBI program and how you can become an HBI employer/HBI community. (You should be doing this.)

Iowa Apprenticeship info

Kate Pine from IowaWORKS - Registered Apprenticeship Programs are a proven solution for recruiting, training and retaining world-class talent. Registered Apprenticeship Programs can be customized to meet the needs of business and the skills of Registered Apprentices. Kate Pine, Business Marketing Specialist from IowaWORKS, will present examples of effective Registered Apprenticeship programs and details on creating your own program.

Laborshed Wage & Employment data update

In early 2016, IWD finished up a local and regional Laborshed Analysis, and has updated the wage and employment data once. We'll have current, late 2017, wage and employment data for the County, Laborshed region, and by employment sector. This is great info about current wages for hundreds of job categories.

Kirkwood Community College

Get an update on Washington Regional Center's upcoming employer-student events, Career pathways, sector boards, academic program advisory councils, and more.

Kirkwood is also hosting a $50 workshop, Recruit. Retain. Develop. - Strengthening the Talent Supply Chain, on Dec. 7 from 10-Noon in Cedar Rapids after the CBJ Workforce Awards, .  

We are looking forward to having you attend this meeting! See you on the 15th.



WEDG Workforce Development Mtg., 1/27 @ 8am

Having a tough time hiring? Having to work extra hard to get good applications?

As an important employer in the Washington County area, please REGISTER for you or someone in your organization to attend our occasional WASHINGTON COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT meeting next Wednesday morning. We’re putting together the info you want into ONE meeting. Really, this is going to be a great meeting. Don’t miss it.

WHAT:     • Laborshed Analysis for Washington, County & Creative Corridor
                      - Iowa Workforce Development (NEW REPORT!)
      • Wage data by occupation/job title and sector - IWD
      • Workplace Learning Connection update
      • Kirkwood Regional Center update
      • Kirkwood Manufacturing, Healthcare, Sector Board updates
      • United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
      • Networking & updates from attending employers

WHEN:      Wednesday, January 27, 8:00-10:30am 
                  (Manufacturing Sector Board from 7-8am)

WHERE:    Washington County Fairgrounds 4-H Dallmeyer Hall
                  611 Hwy 1 South, Washington, IA 52353

RSVP:    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (free) (registration not required but really helps us with planning)

Other upcoming interesting events:

Monday, March 21st, Annual Dinner for WEDG, Washington Chamber, & Main Street Washington @ Riverside Casino, $40

February date TBD - Housing Summit - Washington County hasn’t recovered the new home building pace of pre-2008. How do we get more housing going? Grow the workforce? Add construction jobs?

Want to see older (2012, 2010) Laborshed reports and commuting patters?

Feel free to contact me (319-653-3942, with any questions or comments.

Even more interesting things:

Map of the Week - Iowa Legislative Service Agency (LSA) a non-partisan agency at the State Capitol, produces a weekly thematic map of interesting data that helps your understanding of Iowa's Counties, and the State.

IWD's Labor Market Information web site - Updated website with great data on employment, industry and occupational statistics, wages, projections, trends and other workforce characteristics.

Subscribe to the Iowa's Creative Corridor weekly e-mail digest of interesting stories and events. Maybe the people you want to hire are getting it to plan their weekend.


Kirkwood Professional Business Training Workshop Series

Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services (KTOS) is partnering with WEDG, the Washington Chamber, and Main Street Washington to bring a collaborative, high quality, professional training series to the Washington County area. All workshops will be held at the new Kirkwood Washington Regional Education Center.

The series of seven, monthly workshops cost about $450 per seat ($64/workshop). Some employers may be eligible for 260E or 260F job training funding to defray the cost. This is a great deal for great training content, with great instructors coming to Washington. For more info or to register, please contact a Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services program director at 319-398-5623

To see a complete PDF brochure on the workshops and facilitators, click here.


  • Thursday, June 25, 1-5pm: Getting on the Same Page; Accountability Conversations - Ms. Terry Whitson
  • Wednesday, July 29, 1-5pm: Attitude, Professionalism, & Ethics; The Mindset of a Leader - Dr. Celina Peerman
  • Wednesday, August 26, 12-4pm: Facebook & Blogging for Business - Ms. Shuva Rahim
  • Wednesday, September 23, 1-5pm: Communication & Fierce Conversations - Ms. Sarah Young
  • Wednesday, October 28, 1-5pm: Teambuilding - Dr. Allison Poss
  • Tuesday, November 10, 1-5pm: Negotiating for Success - George Hollins, P.E.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 1-5pm: How to become a Person of Influence - KP Persaud

To join the consortium, you simply invest in a “season pass” for the 2015 training sessions. Your seats can be filled with different staff members based on the content of each individual training session. 

For additional information or to register, please contact a Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services program director at 319-398-5623 or visit

Diversity Focus launches 2015 Eastern Iowa Community Survey

Diversity Focus is conducting a survey to determine Eastern Iowa residents' attitudes, behaviors and experiences with diversity and inclusion. The organization aims to use the results to improve the living and working environments for all residents in Eastern Iowa.

The survey comes on the heels of a 2008 benchmark study and 2013 community survey, which helped focus Diversity Focus' work on the areas of arts and culture, economic development, education, employment and health and well-being.

It takes about 10 minutes to complete, but is an important tool. Take the Survey!


Annual Dinner & Pledge Drive

Kirkwood's Kierstan Peck & Tera PickensWEDG hosted our Annual Dinner on March 23rd, along with our sister organizations, the Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington. This was a great event at the Riverside Casino with 280 community and business leaders. We tried a new, fun format.

The WEDG Board of Directors awarded the new Kirkwood Washington Regional Education Center with the 2014 Harvey Holden Special Service Award. Tera Pickens and Kierstan Peck accepted the award for Kirkwood. 

The new Kirkwood Regional center is a game changer for students, employers, and the public in Washington County.

2014-2016 Pledge Drive

WEDG is proud to have leading businesses and local governments as investors, helping us to carry out our mission: To Create and Promote an Environment for Economic Development.

WEDG are celebrating our very successful 2014-2016 pledge drive, which raised almost $300,000 over three years.

If you would like add your name or business to our list of investors, click here for a pledge card. Thanks.

Our Platinum level investors provide 84% of WEDG's total funding. And 60% of our funding comes from our largest four investors. WEDG is very appreciative of their support. 

City of Washington • Washington County

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort • Washington State Bank

In addition to our regular investors that help us to run the organization, WEDG is very grateful for the occasional grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to help us pursue special projects.

PLATINUM ($1,000+ annually)

Alliant Energy
Community 1st Credit Union
Engineered Building Design, L.C.
Federation Bank
Freedom Security Bank and West Chester Savings Bank
Hills Bank and Trust
Hy-Vee Food Store
City of Kalona
MD Orthopaedics
Modine Manufacturing
City of Riverside
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
City of Washington
Washington County Board of Supervisors
Washington County Hospital & Clinics
Washington State Bank
City of Wellman

GOLD ($500+ annually)

Bazooka Farmstar
City of Brighton
Civco Medical Solutions
Cobb Oil
Carl Dallmeyer
DeLong Construction, Inc.
Eastern Iowa Light & Power/New Ventures
Greiner Buildings
Koller & Company, LLP & Blue Ribbon Bookkeeping
Keith & Sam Lazar
Marshall Furniture
McDonald’s/Creative Management, Inc.
Mose Levy Company, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network 

SILVER ($250+ annually)

Carl A. Nelson & Company
Community Medical Supply
Farm & Home Security Mutual Insurance Association
Golden Crest Realty
Harris and Harris Dental
Horak Insurance, Inc.
Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC
JET Physical Therapy
Kalona Organics
Kirkwood Community College
Latta, Harris, Hanon, & Penningroth, L.L.P.
Lloyd, McConnell, Davis & Lujan LLP
Steven Olson & Dr. Heather Heddens, DDS
Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy
Syngenta Seeds
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
Veenstra & Kimm
JW Vittetoe Pork
Washington Rotary Club
Wesley Halcyon House 

BRONZE ($100+ annually)

Archer Appliance & TV
Ed & Mary Brown
Ted Drain in memory of Mary Ann Drain
Gallagher Farms
James & Karen Gorham
Myron & Martha Graber
Ken & Rosemary Hanson
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Jones & Eden Funeral Home
Dr. Mike & Virginia Jorgensen
Kalona Cooperative Telephone
Krotz-Dieleman Dental Office
Joe & Marde McConnell
Virginia McCurdy Image Promotions & Tubador Enterprises
Don & Becky Patterson
Ed & Ericka Raber
Re/Max Affiliates
Ross Auto & Muffler
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors/Connie Larson
Robert & Ella May Ruppert
Nicole & Scott Slaubaugh
Statler Construction
TrueNorth Companies
Vetter’s Culligan Water
Dan Voss, Edward Jones Investments 

FRIEND OF WEDG ($35+ annually)

Mayor Sandra Johnson