It is hard to believe the year is half over. It has been a very busy six month for Hancock County Economic Development.

In April, we had the Hancock County Economic Development (HCEDC) annual dinner where businesses had an update from our board and heard Klemme native, Rick Hartzell. Rick spoke on the advantages of growing up in Hancock County.

May started off with the HCEDC Executive Breakfast, with David Spalding-Dean of the Ivy League of Business at Iowa State. He spoke to the group about resources available to our existing business and industries. We also had the opportunity to hear from our students at West Hancock and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura about their experiences with the businesses hub. It was great to see the interaction with the students and business leaders.

Hancock County Economic Development offered two training resources to our existing businesses. The first, WorkComp 101, was a free training offered to existing business regardless of size. Our speakers covered how Work Comp can effect bottom lines to any size business or communities. The second was a Workforce Solutions Training to discuss recruiting opportunities and best practices with our businesses. Training and resources for our businesses is also a large initiative for HCEDC.

June has been a fun month kicking off our Intern Program. We have 17 interns registered for this program and have had four fun events. These events offer professional training and networking opportunities for our interns as they get to know our communities and the people in them. HCEDC will be providing more training and networking opportunities until the first part of August.

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In 2018, the Hancock County Economic Development website was re-designed (Hancockcountiowa.com) and we have seen a lot of traffic. We are committed to keeping this new, improved site updated as much as possible. It will provide updated information to those wanting more information on Hancock County and show us a “Pro-Growth” communities.

Marketing our County is a major initiative for HCEDC. So far this year we have ran over 330 commercial on cable television marketing why people should live, work and have a business in Hancock County. We ran 460 commercials on KTTC-TV and also a special Indy 500 advertising of 3 commercials. HCEDC had a presence in the Hancock County Visitor Guild and the Progress Section of the Britt News Tribune-Globe Gazette.

Hancock County Economic Development Facebook page continues to draw followers. Currently, we have 550 followers. This is a just another way to share communications with our communities. The social media platform is very important in marketing our communities. We also utilize LinkedIn and Twitter. Please take time to connect with us in any of these platform.

Please reach out to us if you want to know more about the Hancock County Economic Development Happenings and future events at director@hancockcountyiowa.com or 641-923-9921. We will also be having a booth again at the Hancock County District Fair this year. Come say “Hello.”

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