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Emmetsburg, Estherville Workforce Offices To Remain Open

By Staff | Apr 24, 2008

DES MOINES — The Iowa House has approved a bill that will keep 33 workforce development centers open across Iowa and also provide additional support for small businesses and communities. Action was taken Wednesday, April 23.

“Small businesses are critical to keeping our economy strong and I’m pleased we are providing additional support to help them succeed and expand. We are also helping revitalize our communities with an additional $200,000 for historic preservation projects that will also bring in federal matching funds,” said State Representative Marcie Frevert of Emmetsburg.

House File 2699, the Economic Development Budget, provides an additional $6 million in state money this year to keep workforce development offices open. The workforce centers help employees with job training and placement and help employers find qualified workers. The state money was needed for the centers to make up for declining federal funds totaling $6 million. The budget also includes an additional $160,000 for Small Business Development Centers.

“In this tight budget year, I’m pleased we are continuing our focus on creating good-paying jobs for Iowans and helping to build thriving communities. We are committed to balancing the state budget while keeping Iowa’s economy strong,” concluded Frevert.

The bill now moves to the Senate.