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New Videos posted – Engage 2009 “Leader In Me!”

11/23/2009 Leave a comment

We’ve posted some new videos for you! Inspirational talks and interviews from inspirational people. With Richard Branson, Dr. Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mattie Stepanek.

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Thinking About the Midwest

11/23/2009 Leave a comment

Posted by Richard C. Longworth on Thursday, November 19, 2009


Try Googling “Southern studies” and see what pops up. From the University of Virginia to Ole Miss, it seems that every school in Dixie has a curriculum devoted to the South — its history, economy, culture, triumphs and grievances.

Now try Googling “Midwestern studies.” Don’t worry, it won’t take long. A couple of societies exist to promote Midwestern literature. A college or two teach Native American history in the region. And that’s all.

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Creative Economic Development Initiatives

11/17/2009 Leave a comment


  • Chinese and International Tourism to Southeastern Iowa
  • Largest Growing Tourism Dollars – Target China and International Tourists
  • Agricultural Experiences and Tours
  • Recreational, Rural, Cultural and Ag Experiences.

See all the Initiatives here…

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Visioning and Planning Economic Development.

11/17/2009 Leave a comment

Discussion Points – Visioning and Planning Economic Development.

The Big Picture: What do we envision and aspire to?  Is it 25,000, 50,000 people,  200,000 population?

Culture: Create an environment which embraces failure. What is learned?  Gained?  Changed?
Celebrates ALL successes, small and large. Encourage people. Believe in people. All People.

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"Power Comes From Within"

11/17/2009 Leave a comment

Change your vision, change your life. Liz Nead Inspiration

“Birds of a Feather, fly together. I’m sure you have heard this one. You are who you are with. Yes, those people you spend the most time with influence. It might be true that your income is the average of the seven people with you spend the most time. But your power comes from within.”
Check out her video and Read more about Liz Nead.
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit November 2009

11/16/2009 Leave a comment

The 2009 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit’s mission is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and contribution to the overall community.

The Summit will exhibit the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs. Create true understanding among different ethnic groups and business growth tips are shared among immigrant business owners and the keys to succeed by working with immigrant populations are shared in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

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E-Invitation for Upcoming Henry County Economic Development Forum!

11/11/2009 Leave a comment

Upstairs Meeting Room – Heatilator Center
307 E Monroe St
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Tuesday November 17, 2009
6:00 p.m.


Join us Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:00 pm at the Heatilator Center Upstairs Meeting Room for this important Economic Development Forum!

Community Meeting: Get Involved!
This Community Meeting is an opportunity for Henry County residents to share their vision of what our future will be. Local citizens will present their goals and ideas for Community and Economic Development. Community members are encouraged to offer new ideas and identify ways that we can work together to improve Henry County for generations to come.

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