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A Fine Appearance

A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.” The brand new waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat […]

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What is Broken

With a whip in one hand and an electric cattle prod in the other, Pete was trying to get some yearlings to load onto the scale.  Having had enough, an 800 lb. steer turned and ran over Pete.  The other 21 head did the same, leaving Pete somewhat tamped into the ground. Several cowboys helped him up […]

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Quarterly Newsletter: How is the demand on workers’ skills changing in Tama County, Iowa?

In the decade ending 2018 there will be 47 million job openings. Nearly half will require an associate’s degree. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.  One year ago Tama County employers emerging from the recession spoke up and articulated their need for skilled workers. They were very clear on the necessary skills that […]

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Workforce Update: Who are we creating jobs for in Tama County?

Even with Tama County Iowa’s 6.2% unemployment standing in sharp contrast to the national 9.1% unemployment, most people seem to be in agreement that job creation is a key objective in our current local economy. But what may not get as much attention is the next logical question: who are we creating jobs for? On […]

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Beyond the Politics: Is our Economy really your priority?

“61% of Americans say the Economy or Jobs is their top priority” Gallup, September 2010 Presently, the economy and jobs are being called the most important issue by most Americans. Tama County Economic Development Commission serves this vision day-in and day-out as we engage thousands of partnerships to increase capital investment, fair market living wage […]

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Employment Update: What skills are most in demand at this time in Tama County?

Usually the last indicator that an economy is returning back to health would be returning jobs. And as we count the returning jobs, June 2010 marked the first time since October 2008 that Iowa’s non-farm employment payroll jobs have been positive year-over-year. That being said, Tama County and Iowa, had not experienced the same level […]

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