Sep 07 2012 FHS graduates continue to out-pace state ACT averages

This article taken from the Fairfield Ledger August 30, 2012.

Iowa tied for the second-highest average American College Test composite score among states testing more than half of students in the Class of 2012.

Fairfield High School is excited to share the recently released report from ACT showing FHS’s composite scores were again well above Iowa’s state average composite scores for English, math, reading and science, said principal Aaron Becker.

Jul 17 2012 Don’t Miss the FEDA Sponsored Golf Outing

 

Young Professionals Network Started in Fairfield

Young Professionals of Fairfield (YP Fairfield), a new peer-networking group for 21 – 39 year old working professionals meets monthly. YP Fairfield provides opportunities for social networking, volunteer opportunities, and professional development. Each month, the group will meet at a new venue on the third Thursday at 5:30pm.

The group had their first meeting in May at iPhone Life Magazine. 20 young professionals showed up to hear from young business owners David Averbach and Raphael Burnes. Averbach and Burnes toured the group through iPhone Life, shared the story of how they came to run the company, and gave a glimpse into the future of the magazine.

YP Fairfield will help individuals build their business and social network, gain exposure to what’s going on in the Fairfield area, and exchange ideas to help build a sustainable quality of life in and around Fairfield. The next meeting is on June 19th. Find the group on Facebook – Young Professionals of Fairfield.

For more information contact YP Coordinator Anna Bruen, annabruen@gmail.com or Darin Hayne,dnhayne@gmail.com

Jul 12 2012 Envisioning the Future of Iowa

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Director Debi Durham says Iowa needs to be that innovative state where talented people will want to locate to be a part of the growth potential in biosciences and advanced manufacturing.

Iowa State University president Steven Leath on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

Learn more about what Iowa State University President Steven Leath and Director Durham have to say about the future of Iowa’s biotech industry by reading this article in The Gazette.

Jul 04 2012 Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!

Fairfield’s annual fireworks show will be at Bonnifield Lake tonight at dark!

Iowa visits Taiwan

On June 25, 2012, Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham met with leaders from the Taiwan Wind Turbine Industry Association in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to promote Iowa’s strong wind energy sector.

 

Here, Director Durham is with Mr. Hsu Wen-Du, President of the Taiwan Wind Turbine Industry Association.

Jun 20 2012 FEDA Member Profiled in Polishing Contractor Magazine

Fairfield Economic Development Association member Royale Concrete was featured in the cover story in the Summer 2012 edition of the Polishing Contractor magazine.  The story highlights work Royale did for a company named Valley Distribution Corp. and it includes some great photos from the job.

Read the full article here.

Read the testimonial here.

Jun 14 2012 Young Professionals Network Started in Fairfield

 

Young Professionals of Fairfield (YP Fairfield), a new peer-networking group for 21 – 39 year old working professionals meets monthly. YP Fairfield provides opportunities for social networking, volunteer opportunities, and professional development. Each month, the group will meet at a new venue on the third Thursday at 5:30pm.

The group had their first meeting in May at iPhone Life Magazine. 20 young professionals showed up to hear from young business owners David Averbach and Raphael Burnes. Averbach and Burnes toured the group through iPhone Life, shared the story of how they came to run the company, and gave a glimpse into the future of the magazine.

YP Fairfield will help individuals build their business and social network, gain exposure to what’s going on in the Fairfield area, and exchange ideas to help build a sustainable quality of life in and around Fairfield. The next meeting is on June 19th. Find the group on Facebook – Young Professionals of Fairfield.

For more information contact YP Coordinator Anna Bruen, annabruen@gmail.com or Darin Hayne,dnhayne@gmail.com

Mar 29 2012 Justifying Energy Efficiency as a Business Investment

This morning the Iowa Economic Development Authority sponsored a webinar titled “Justifying Energy Efficiency as a Business Improvement.” The 2 hr. webinar was produced by Partnership for Industrial Efficiency (PIE2) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read below to find out more about the purpose of the webinar. The following is reposted from Iowa State University:

Justifying Energy Efficiency as a Business Investment

Industrial reaction to energy efficiency is slow and uneven. Poor communications are partly to blame: the dialogue is usually more technical than financial. While necessary, a technical dialogue is often insufficient for convincing businesses to adopt efficiency upgrades. Clear, investor-focused messages are needed to engage industry’s financial decision-makers.

Drawing from a decade of North American program experience documented in books and trade press articles, Energy Pathfinder Management Consulting’s (EPMC) principal consultant Christopher Russell shares an enthusiastic and innovative approach to energy cost control. When he speaks on this topic, he emphasizes a business-smart approach that “monetizes” energy projects-clarifying the investment performance of energy choices. His communications are geared for managers with budget and leadership responsibility in managing their facility-wide energy performance.

Overview

All businesses, regardless of industry, have one thing in common. They manage assets that convert inputs into cash flow and wealth. Energy is the life-blood of these assets. Unless the energy is free, it is an opportunity to maximize the creation of business wealth. As always, the bottom line is money, so the challenge is to express energy and its impacts in monetary terms. Energy must be thought of in terms of its business impacts: it is a cost as well as an investment. As an investment, it has direct, measureable impacts on cash flow, capital recovery, and volatility of earnings. This is a radical change in philosophy for industrial managers. That’s why PIE2 presents this seminar: to demonstrate the rich connections between energy choices and business performance. The seminar describes the analytical tools for creating a strong business case for smart industrial energy choices. The emphasis is on economic and financial analysis-principles are reviewed in the seminar from the ground up and in an energy-smart context.Purpose and Target Audience

This workshop introduces “monetization” as the strategy for converting energy choices into dollars. Monetization allows managers to become champions for energy-smart business solutions. Energy “projects” suddenly become investments that provide cash flow, boost capital recovery on assets, and subsidize operations. By quantifying the money profile of energy improvement opportunities, facility managers can more effectively demonstrate their value to the rest of their organization.

There is a better alternative to your facilities “doing more with less.” This seminar is intended for business leaders that wish to maximize the value of the resources at their disposal. It is also for facility managers interested in more than hands-on technical issues-they want contribute to business performance, thereby sustaining their own professional viability.

Goals of the webinar:

  • Energy, Money, and Business. A back-to-basics overview of energy’s relationship to business performance. Understand why energy is more than “a cost of doing business.” Any discussion of energy improvements can and should respond directly to fundamental business goals such as capital recovery, cash flow, and return on investment. Understand the difference between economic and financial analyses and the applications of each.
  • Monetizing Energy Choices. Energy metrics are one thing, investment metrics are another. This section goes where the academic finance courses don’t go – linking energy performance to investment results. We always need to show costs, savings, and paybacks. But we should also show the cost of doing nothing, the price to save versus the price to buy energy, and the alternative price tag associated with rejected solutions. This presentation shows how to make a compelling business case for an investment-minded audience.

Mar 22 2012 AmericInn Fairfield Opens Today

After three years of development, local investors and the Apollo  Development LLC are excited to open the doors to the $5.4 million development project that is AmericInn Fairfield. David Harchanko, of Apollo Development LLC, stated “We are very pleased to be able to see our idea for a new hotel in Fairfield become a reality and with a strong partner in AmericInn we believe that it will be a great addition to Fairfield. I would like to thank the City of Fairfield and the Fairfield Economic Development Association for their assistance.”

AmericInn is conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 1 and 34 in Fairfield close to the Jefferson County Medical Center and only minutes from Fairfield and Southeast Iowa attractions.

They offer beautifully appointed guestrooms featuring cozy Serta Perfect Sleeper® beds, new 32″ LCD Flat Screen TVs and a variety of room types, including whirlpool suites. AmericInn Fairfield is the newest property in the area to feature upscale bedding, including triple sheeting for guests comfort and cleanliness.

They also offer a hot home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and free, hotel-wide, high-speed Internet. Guests can enjoy the inviting, indoor pool, hot tub and cozy firelit lobby. And after a long day unwind at the Beer and Wine bar.

 

This AmericInn is a new prototype featuring a contemporary design.  The three-story hotel features an open lobby that encompasses a beverage bar and breakfast dining area. Other amenities include a business center and meeting room. The AmericInn Fairfield is constructed with special energy conservation features including motion-monitoring energy management systems in all guestrooms, high efficiency windows, energy efficient construction and interior placement of the swimming pool to retain heat.

Property Features

  • 100% Non-Smoking Facility
  • Two room Suites
  • Whirlpool Suites Available
  • Business Center
  • Free Hotel-Wide, High-Speed Internet Access
  • Handicap accessible guest rooms
  • Children Age 17 and Under Stay Free with Adult
  • Complimentary Weekday USA Today Newspaper
  • Cribs Available (charge may apply)
  • Elevator
  • Guest Laundry Facilities
  • Guest Reception
  • Indoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub
  • Large Vehicle Parking (Buses, Trailers, etc.)
  • Meeting Room
  • Roll-Away Beds for Rent

Accommodations

# of Rooms: 63
# of one-room Suites: 3
# of two-room Suites: 4

Meeting Rooms

Total square feet of meeting space: 435

To book a stay, visit AmericInn’s website.