Jan 30 2012 New Business in Iowa?

The Iowa Innovation Corporation, created by lawmakers to spark development of innovative companies and products in Iowa,  is in the process of establishing a seed fund to assist entrepreneurial activity in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, sparking such start-up activity is seen as key to Gov. Terry Branstad’s pledge to add 200,00 jobs in Iowa and boost family incomes 25% over five years.

Read the full article from the Des Moines Register, here.

Coming Home to Iowa

The following video, “Coming Home to Iowa,”  was produced by Opportunity^2an economic development project for Southeast Iowa, of which Jefferson County is a part.

Opportunity^2 is the brainchild of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. The purpose of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and Opportunity^2 is to promote the general welfare, convenience, safety and prosperity of its regional neighborhood in four broad categories – economic development, community development, transportation planning and housing assistance.

The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission has been in operation since 1974 and serves the local jurisdictions of service delivery area 15. This ten county region is comprised of the following counties:


  • Appanoose
  • Davis
  • Jefferson
  • Keokuk
  • Lucas
  • Mahaska
  • Monroe
  • Van Buren
  • Wapello
  • Wayne