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Lee County Highlights

  • June 31, 2017 - Southeastern Community College held a ribbon cutting at their new Industrial Technology Center in Keokuk. 

    The center is the new home for SCC’s popular Industrial Technology program. It features state-of-the-art labs for mechanical and electrical technolo...
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  • Fort Madison Hospital Named as top 100 Hospital in US
    June 5, 2017 - Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2017 edition of its list of 100 Great Community Hospitals.  Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) in Fort Madison, Iowa was named to the list for the fourth time.

    The hospitals included on this list are rec...
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  • Congressman Loebsack Visits Lee County Industries
    Monday, March 6th, Congressman Dave Loebsack visited Scotts Miracle Gro in Fort Madison and Griffin
    Wheel, a division of Amstead Rail, in Keokuk.

    The congressman was interested to learn more about products made in Iowa, and Lee County, and what he can do to help companies li...
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  • Gov. Branstad Visits Keokuk Mills Group
    December 15, 2016 - Keokuk, IA - Governor Terry Branstad visited the newly opened Keokuk Mills Group on Thursday, December 15th. Branstad visited with owners Brad and Annie Mills, their employees as well as Lee County and Keokuk leaders who assisted with the deal. The purchase was completed Decem...
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  • Young Professional Groups Helping Lee County
    November 10, 2016 - The Fort Madison and Greater Keokuk Young Professional Groups joined forces to help Lee County families in need on November 10th, they collected nonperishable food items to be donated to the Lee County United Way. 
    These young professional groups develop and provid...
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  • Lee County World Record Attempt
    October 18, 2016 - 1,464 Lee County residents and supporters joined Lee County EDG at the Lee County Conservation Center on October 18th to set the Guinness Book of World Record for the most people planting flower bulbs simultaneously. Lee County EDG wanted to bring people together to supr econom...
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  • Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Helps Launch Grow Lee 2.0
    August 10, 2016 - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds helped launch Grow Lee 2.0 with Lee County EDG. Over 130 community leaders came together to support the expansion of Grow Lee. The program started with 10 workforce initiatives aimed to develop a pipeline of skilled workers for local employers. 
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  • BIO for Lee County
    June 10, 2016 - Lee County EDG, along with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham attended Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) International Convention in San Francisco, CA.  Iowa is home to a diverse range of bioscience industries tha...
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  • Lee County EDG Receives State Award
    Lee County, IA, April 28, 2016– The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on April 28.  Lee County EDG received the award for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Overall ...
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  • Lee County Companies Going Solar
    January 15, 2016 - Local welding and manufacturing shops anticipate a bright future with their recent instillation of solar energy at their shops. Huffman Welding & Manufacturing and Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing have both recently installed solar fields at their facilities.
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  • SCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Industrial Tech Building in Keokuk
    August 14, 2015 - Funds totaling $1,000,308, will be used for construction on a new industrial maintenance technology facility on their Keokuk campus. 

    The college is eager to start construction on this project.  "We will take care of the requirements for the EDA and...
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  • Continued Business Growth for Foam Fabricators
    May 14, 2015 - Foam Fabricators is beginning a 30,000 sp. ft. expansion at their Fort Madison facility. The expansion is primarily in warehousing space to better serve their customers. Foam Fabricators Vice President Mark Sabolcik stated, “We are currently undergoing a significant plant exp...
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  • Lee County EDG Launches Grow Lee
    January 27, 2015 - Lee County EDG hosted Grow Lee Action Seminar at the Comfort Inn in Fort Madison. Approximately 80 attendees participated in the seminar, gaining updates on the ten Grow Lee Workforce Initiatives for 2015. 

    In addition to recapping our Grow Lee initiatives t...
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  • Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair
    October 22, 1014 - The Connecting Business and Education Committee hosted their first Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair Wednesday, October 22nd at Southeastern Community College’s West Burlington Campus. The committee, comprised of members from Lee County EDG, Greater Burlington Partnershi...
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  • STEM Festival 2014
    April 26, 2014 - Enthusiastic interaction and intense concentration were evident on most of the faces of those who attended the Southeast Iowa STEM Festival Saturday, April 26th on the West Burlington Campus of Southeastern Community College. 

    To encourage local students ...
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  • Regional Workforce Summit
    March 6, 2014 - In conjunction with the sponsorship of other members of the Great River Region Partnership, Lee County EDG hosted a comprehensive workforce conference to address the critical issues facing the employers in this region. The objective was to bring together business, industry and edu...
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  • Pipeline Cleaners Celebrates 125 years
    February 10, 2014 - Lee County EDG recognized Pipeline Cleaners for 125 years of excellence. Pipeline Cleaners, Inc. began as an industrial brush manufacturer called Pilley Brush in 1889. It has evolved into one of the leading ...
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  • World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Order
    December 16, 2013 - Siemens Energy confirmed that the 1,050-megawatt (MW) wind turbine order it recently received from MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world. The news was announced at a commemoration event at Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility ...
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  • Iowa fertilizer company invest $1.8 billion to build state-of-the-art production facility
    November 19, 2012 - Orascom Corporation has begun construction on its new fertilizer plant in Wever, IA and is expected to open one of the country’s largest fertilizer plants in 2015. 

    The Lee County...
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