Vison Louisa!

LDG invites Louisa County residents to participate in an economic development planning workshop on Sept 8, 3:00-8:00 pm ... read more »

IDOT Five Year Plan

Governor Branstad’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission has invited Iowans to weigh in on the state’s current and future road funding priorities. ... read more »

$5,000 Grant Contest

Submit a video or email about your dreams of starting or growing an Iowa-based company ... read more »

Louisa Development Group
Box 171
Wapello, IA 52653
319.523.2371, ext 206
ldg@louisacomm.net

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8/13/2011

Grant Contest Worth $5,000 announced for Southeast Iowa Small business

Louisa Development Group in conjunction with the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance has partnered with MyEntre.Net, an online community for Iowa entrepreneurs and small businesses to launch the ‘Dream Big, Grow Here’ contest for small businesses in Southeast Iowa.  Starting in August, businesses in Henry, Des Moines, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren, and Jefferson counties can compete to win $5,000 for use in bringing a business concept to reality or helping their existing small business grow. 

 Rules for the contest are simple. Applicants submit a video or email about their dreams of starting or growing an Iowa-based company and what it means to them to do business in Iowa. Visitors to www.DreamBigGrowHere.org then vote for the idea they like best, with the winning entrepreneur pocketing $5,000 for his or her business.  

For more information or with help submitting your entry please contact:

Dennis Fraise Louisa Development Group 319-753-0690  djfraise@gmil.com

8/13/2011

IDOT Five-Year Transportation Plan

Governor Branstad’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission has invited Iowans to weigh in on the state’s current and future road funding priorities. The Commission will incorporate these public comments into the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) five-year transportation funding plan, which will be shared with the state legislature in 2012.

Mount Pleasant
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Iowa Wesleyan College
601 North Main
John Wesley Holland Student Union

7/23/2011

Vision Louisa! Economic Development Planning Session

Louisa Development Group invites Louisa County residents and interested persons to participate in a workshop focusing on creating a plan for working together to improve economic development efforts in the county.

The workshop is from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Morning Sun Community Center.

A light supper and refreshments will be available.

RSVP is appreciated so there will be adequate refreshments and materials.

Contact LDG@louisacomm.net  or 319-728-7131 to RSVP.

Participants will work with Jeff Schott from the University of Iowa’s Institute of Public Affairs to improve the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of communities.  Also the cooperative effort will help determine ways to strengthen the cities’ economies by improving cooperation between local governments and nonprofit organizations.

For additional information, please contact Sherry Humphreys, LDG Director of Community Enhancement, at 319-728-7131.

5/26/2011

LIFE Microlending Lunch-n-Learn June 2

Join LIFE Microlending for lunch on Thursday, June 2 at Corner Market in Wapello to hear from Outreach Coordinator for Renew Rural Iowa (Iowa Farm Bureau Federation), Sandy Ehrig.

Ehrig currently works to connect business participants and resource providers with the Renew Rural Iowa program, a comprehensive initiative providing education, technical assistance, mentoring and financial resources for growing existing business and entrepreneurs.

Having spent nearly 25 years of experience in economic development, Ehrig has worked most recently as the administrator for community development at the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Prior to this role, she served as the director for business development with five central Iowa rural electric cooperatives. Ehrig is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Institute of Organization Management and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

In addition to information about Renew Rural Iowa, LIFE Microlending will give a brief presentation about an upcoming “Leadership Louisa” program and free small business consulting opportunities for Louisa County entrepreneurs. Great food paired with news about exciting things happening right here in Louisa County, sign me up!

This event is one of a series of Lunch-n-Learns held the first Thursday of each month in Louisa County. Speakers present from 12-1 p.m. and lunch is provided by a local restaurant. July’s Lunch-n-Learn meal will be served at Corner Market in Wapello, 340 N. 2nd St. Reserve your spot now! Lunch (and learning) $8. RSVP to lifelending@gmail.com or 319.523.2371 ext. 202.

This series is sponsored by LIFE Microlending and the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV), an independent policy analysis center established as a joint collaboration between Iowa State University and rural community leaders representing diverse public and private sector interests from across the state of Iowa. The mission of the CVC is to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities.

The LIFE Microlending mission is to advance economic development efforts in Louisa County through the support of entrepreneurship and small business development. LIFE provides training, mentoring, funding and networking opportunities for Louisa County entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders. Website coming soon.

3/4/2011

LIFE Microlending First Lunch-n-Learn April 7

Join LIFE Microlending and your community bankers on Thursday, April 7 to learn about the microenterprise financing initiatives available to Louisa County entrepreneurs and small businesses. Iowa MicroLoan representative Jason Yates will give an overview of Iowa MicroLoan and the Iowa Small Business Loan Program, as well as introduce a Community Development Financial Institution project that could include Louisa County.

In addition to his post as Loan Administrator and Developer for IowaMicroLoan, Yates is coordinating the Iowa Small Business Loan Program, which began in August 2010, and developing future Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV) programs. Previously, Yates served as Director of Operations and Strategy for The Harvest Initiative, Inc. The Harvest Initiative was founded in 2008 to promote sustainable economic development on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in central South Dakota. Yates coordinated program design and implementation and worked with prospective entrepreneurs to develop their businesses. Yates graduated with Honors from Drake University Law School in 2008 and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in 2000. Use your lunch hour to welcome Yates to Louisa County!

This event is one of a series of Lunch-n-Learns to be held the first Thursday of each month in Louisa County. Speakers present from 12-1 p.m. and lunch is provided by Corner Market in Wapello, 340 N. 2nd St. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Lunch (and learning) $8. RSVP to lifelending@gmail.com or 319.523.2371,ext. 202.  

First Thursday next month will be Thursday, May 5, with Iowa Dept. of Economic Development Project Manager Michael Gould. First Thursdays are sponsored by LIFE Microlending and the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality. All events are open to the public. If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring an upcoming Lunch-n-Learn, please contact lifelending@gmail.com.

The Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV) is an independent policy analysis center established as a joint collaboration between IowaState University and rural community leaders representing diverse public and private sector interests from across the state of Iowa. The mission of the CVC is to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities.

The LIFE Microlending mission is to advance economic development efforts in Louisa County through the support of entrepreneurship and small business development. LIFE provides training, mentoring, funding and networking opportunities for Louisa County entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders.

3/4/2011

LDG Open House set for Thursday, March 10

Louisa Development Group will host an open house for all members and those interested in learning more about the association.

The open house will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10 at the LDG Office located in the Iowa State Extension Office, 317 Van Buren St, Wapello.

Food and refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.

Please join the board of directors and meet the new directors of LDG, Sherry Humphreys and Dennis Fraise. Learn more about LDG's plans for the future and the benefits of membership.

LDG is a driving force for economic development, tourism and helping Louisa County reach its full potential.

For more information contact Dennis Fraise, 319-753-0690.

 
6/8/2010

Louisa Development Group Annual Meeting and Dinner

Everyone is invited to attend LDG's Annual Meeting to be held Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Morning Sun Community Center.
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1/6/2010

Small Business Academy

Participants will learn how to write and strengthen you business plan, get connected with the Small Business Development Center, network with other small business leaders and much more.

Anyone interested in starting or strengthening their small business is invited and encouraged to attend.

Get the details

 
10/17/2009

LDG Organizational Update

The Louisa Development Group would appreciate input from the stakeholders of Louisa County. We are in a reorganizational phase as Elias Gutierrez our past director is now pursuing business interests.

Whenever changes like this occur it gives an organization an opportunity to evaluate the past and perhaps chart a new future. LDG’s sole source of funding has been from the memberships of folks like you, the Stake Holders of Louisa County. Your support or investment has lead to the “Shop Louisa Campaign”, “Naturally Louisa”, the initiation of a new housing development, assistance to the Community Foundation of Louisa County, The Louisa Builders Network and there is much more.

Each of our past directors has provided very strong leadership in areas where they had primary interest: Whether it’s Community involvement, Louisa County awareness at the state government level, expanding the knowledge of our rich heritage and natural resources, or the development of information technologies, each of our past directors made progress and left their mark. We thank them all for their contributions.

The Louisa Development Group board of directors knows that you are aware of many more projects and activities that could provide opportunities for the county, cities and agricultural sectors. We need your direction and input during our reorganizational phase and going forward. Developing member satisfaction is the highest priority of the LDG However,; the organization cannot satisfy needs if they are unknown. Improvement in member satisfaction means that together, we are getting the job done. Let’s also realize that we should never be satisfied or we will become complacent and improvement will cease as well!

The LDG like most organizations is only as strong as its stake holder’s participation and contribution. Your contribution of ideas, direction and goals are equally important as your financial support. The LDG Board of Directors does not view your contributions as charity; they view your memberships as just that, memberships. Membership does give you a voice in how your organization operates and meets your needs. In order to meet your needs we must understand them hence our request to hear from you!

Elias’ decision to pursue other opportunities creates both a challenge and opportunity for LDG. We intend to make this a rewarding opportunity for every stake holder!

 
10/1/2009

LDG Director Leaves

Elias Gutierrez, LDG director since June 2008, hasended his contract in order to pursue business interests. The Louisa Development Group would like to thank Elias or his efforts to improve Louisa County.

The LDG board will announce details about filling the vacancy later this month.
 
7/26/2009

Louisa Builders Network Open House to held August 11

This meeting will be a chance for local builders to hear more about Louisa Builders Network and to have questions about the project answered. There will also be a discussion about future enhancements to the network. Contractors who are not yet on the network can get signed up at the meeting. The meeting is sponsored by Schrock Lumber of Mediapolis. Refreshments will be served!
 
7/16/2009

Ribbon Cutting & Open House Set for July 27

An open house for Great River Physical Therapy in Wapello, Iowa is scheduled from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 27. Great River Physical Therapy is at 835 Washington Street. Refreshments will be served.

Great River Physical Therapy is a service of Great River Medical Center that provides a full range of physical theray care to residents of Wapello and surrounding communities.

Patient appointments are scheduled form 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Patients must be referred by a physician. Treatment is provided by physical therapist Bill Myers.

For more information about Great River Physical Therapy or the open house, call 319-523-2080.

 
7/10/2009

Expo at Louisa County Fair

It's almost time for the Louisa County Fair but there is still time to get a booth in the Expo center for your business or organization. Contact LDG for more information.
 
7/1/2009

Louisa Builders Network

Check out LouisaBuildersNetwork.com for your next building project.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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