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We have completed our 2019-2021 Action Plan and the HCEDC Board of Directors and its Executive Director are excited to partner with area business and community leaders to achieve our initiatives for Hancock County.

By the end of 2021, HCEDC envisions Hancock County will be home to communities making things happen, where existing businesses grow, where corporations, entrepreneurs and small businesses flourish and where new significant companies have found a home as well.

In addition, we envision Hancock County’s competitive position by 2021 to be greatly enhanced, where we have become a “county of choice” for current and prospective residents, companies and investors and where our workforce is gainfully employed.

We are convinced one of the best ways to achieve these goals is to implement a bold new plan of action that includes meaningful training and resources for our businesses and community leaders. We encourage you to join us for the following spring and summer events.

The Dale Carnegie Personal Leadership Course started on March 19 and runs for 8 consecutive weeks on Tuesday afternoons. Many of you had an opportunity to hear Dale Carnegie’s certified trainer, who spoke at last year’s HCEDC ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Executive Breakfast. At that seminar, they focused specifically on how leadership impacts employee engagement and satisfaction.

The HCEDC Annual Dinner is scheduled for April 3 at Duncan Ballroom from 5 to 8 p.m. Hancock County native Rick Hartzell will be our guest speaker. Rick is Director of Athletics at Upper Iowa University as well as being an author and motivational speaker. Tickets are available by HCEDC office 641-923-9921.

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On April 17, HCEDC will offer a Work Comp 101 training geared toward small businesses. Worker’s Compensation can be one of an organizations’ single most expensive insurance coverages. Direct and indirect costs add up quickly. Brenda Virgil and Scott Folkers will offer practical advice on how you can manage and control these costs, along with providing insights on how work comp affects employee recruitment and retention.

Start your May Day (May 1) with us at the HCEDC Executive Breakfast. This is a great networking and learning opportunity. This year’s speaker will be David Spalding, Iowa State University, Dean of the Ivy College of Business and Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Business Engagement.

On May 21, Hancock County Economic Development, Forest City Economic Development, Winn-Worth BETCO and North Iowa Works will be joining forces to offer a Workforce Solutions Seminar with trainer Mo Collins.

This will be a fast-paced, half day training session focusing on educating business professionals about short- and long-term workforce shifts, best practices on workforce recruitment and retention and helping participants create actionable business decisions in support of workforce development.

The Fourth Annual HCEDC Intern Program begins in June. We will offer eight events for students interning within Hancock County In order to provide them with connections, training and team building opportunities. To date, we have 59 registrants for the program and have provided four direct internships through HCEDC. One of the goals for this program is to expose interns to the high quality of life available in Hancock County.

For more information on registering for these events or to learn more about Hancock County Economic Development, please contact Jill Kramer at 641-923-9921 or director@hancockountyiowa.com.

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