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MemberSpotlight2 copyHeidman Law Firm partner, Jeff Wright, was featured in this month’s The Iowa Lawyer for his years of involvement in both sports and the legal profession.

Wright, a Hull native and former Boyden-Hull basketball player, began officiating basketball games while he was a student at Northwestern College in Orange City. He said it was a way to stay involved with the sport at the college level. While Wright attended the University of Iowa College of Law he kept his license active, yet officiated only two games due to the demand of his schedule.

After joining the Heidman Law Firm as an associate in 1998, Wright returned to officiating high school basketball. Wright was active as a referee until the 2004 and 2005 seasons when he took a break to spend time with his wife and two young sons. However, he couldn’t say away long. Wright made his return to the court for the 2006 basketball season and has been officiating over since.

Wright said that he can see a few similarities between practicing law and officiating, but that the two are usually much different. “While I’m practicing law, I’m advocating for our clients in front of a decision maker,” Wright said. “When I’m officiating, I am the decision maker.”

 Wright hopes to continue refereeing for a few more years, but wants to be involved with his kids’ activities.

-Sarah

Social Media Intern

Chamber to Tweet Governors Visit to Siouxland

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Do you wish you could be at Chamber Events but have a hard time leaving your desk? It is our intent to keep members connected and we are going to (attempt) to make that a little easier thanks to Twitter. For the first time at the Chamber I will be using  twitter by cell phone to continuously update during the Governors visit to Sioux City at 11:30/11:45 today. If you are not familiar with Twitter (or don’t have an interest in it at all) you can log on to our blog and my “tweets” should display on the right hand side of the blog. If you do have a twitter account, feel free to follow me as username tre_beth. Cross your fingers that I don’t have technical difficulties–and get cell phone reception in the Baderow Building!

Beth Trejo-

Director of Investor Relations, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

New Green Coats Official-Flair Welcomed

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green-jacket-copyThe next time you attend a ribbon cutting or open house, pay close attention to those unique individuals in all their green splendor. Wearing the green coats at Chamber events  is not a highly contagious fashion trend, but the intent of Ambassadors to extend welcome and support to members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. Why are the coats green you may ask? Put simply, green is the color of money or economic development . Green is also represents physical growth and prosperity, all of which we are working for in the Sioux City Metro. Now what about the flair? Flair is not-so-technically defined as the pins or decorations adorning the Ambassadors’ coats. If you ask some of our experienced chamber Ambassadors about each of their pins, they can tell you stories regarding that business or Siouxland event. You can tell a lot about an Ambassadors by simply looking at what decorates their green coat.

As a part of the Ambassador process, new prospects have a 90 day introductory period where they get to see what it’s like being an Ambassador for the Siouxland Chamber. Once that time has passed and they feel like it is a good fit, they can officially stock up on flair and try on their green coat. Yesterday, four individuals completed their introductory period. The “official” new Ambassadors are now suited up and ready to represent the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. A huge THANK YOU to their employers, our Chamber Members, for allowing the Ambassadors time away from work in order to promote the growth of the Sioux City Metro Area. Please pass on your company pins and ribbons to our new ambassadors so they can add their own “flair” to their green coats. 

 

-Beth Trejo

Director of Investor Relations, Siouxland Chamber

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Did you know changes are in the works for Iowa laws regarding septic tanks?  If you’re planning to buy or sell an Iowa property with a septic tank in the future, you’ll need to be aware of the new “Time of Transfer” laws.  When choosing a real estate agent, make sure they have been trained on the new law so they can further assist you to understand the law’s implications.  If you have more questions, feel free to call us at 712-224-2300 and speak with one of our residential real estate agents or email us at info@pro-linkrealty.com

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The Siouxland Initiative Recognized Amongst the Nation’s Best

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For the second year in a row The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development arm of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Local Economic Development Groups in the nation for 2008. Today, the annual rankings were announced at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s (IMAC) semi-annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina. There to accept the award was TSI President Debi Durham and Executive Vice President Chris McGowan. The two accepted the award in front of around 500 corporate real estate executives, site selection consultants, and economic development professionals.

The economic development groups were ranked by four different types of criteria. The Criteria included: creation of new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, the dollar amount of new capital investment, and new investment per 10,000 residents. Other factors like innovation, leadership, and customer service were taken into consideration.

Many people might not realize what a prestigious award this is for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the Siouxland area. Just to name a few of the other top ten’s: The Greater Houston Partnership of Texas, The Dayton Development Coalition of Ohio, and World Business of Chicago. As you can see the Siouxland Chamber is sizing up very well around the nation in terms of economic development. In the economy we live in today, an award like this means a lot because it shows that the TSI is working hard to bring jobs and opportunities to the Siouxland Area. Being part of the Siouxland Chamber, I’m proud to see all the hard work  paying off for The Siouxland Initiative and look forward to the continual growth of the region.

The Intern,

-Zach

Evie’s Hallmark Bursts with Color & Fun

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Congratulations are in order for bringing spring (and color) indoors at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux City. 

Ribbon Cutting Evie's Hallmark 4.30.09A Ribbon Cutting was held by the Siouxland Chamber today to celebrate the opening of a new location for Evie’s Hallmark in the Marketplace Plaza. I was impressed to learn that Evie’s is one of the largest gift retailers in the Midwest. Not only do they have their signature cards and accessories, but they have home goods and unique items perfect for gift giving. We’re excited to have Evie and her team involved with the Chamber!

Blogging For Bloggers

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We’re getting linked up!  We have just recently added a new link portion to our blog. The link or blogroll is located on the right side at the bottom of all our widgets.  We have a few other friends that have great blogs to check out.  We have a link to the Sioux City Journal blog which has a number of different topics and feature bloggers “It’s not just news”.  typing-on-a-keyboardAnother link is the Pro-Link Realty blog, they have lots of different post on things from steps to selling your house in the right market to what the nations mortgage rates are looking like.  Lastly we have a link to Night Life SUX, they have all the necessary information you need to know on getting your night life started in the Siouxland area.  We’ll being adding more links in the future so don’t forget to check it out.

*If your a member of the  Siouxland Chamber with a blog and want to be linked up  just let us know!

The Intern

-Zach

Legislative Alert

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On behalf of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce we would like to thank all who actively participated in the Legislative process this session by responding to our legislative alerts.

Now that the session has concluded, the Chamber would like to thank our local legislators for their assistance in passing the following pro-growth initiatives included in our 2009 Agenda:

Freight Rail Investment
The Legislature will commit $5 million over the next three years to improve rail lines in Iowa. This will service manufacturers in the state.

Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit
This extends for three more years the Border City bill, an existing economic development tool.

Renewable Energy R & D Tax Credit (signed by Governor)
The bill dedicates $1 million in tax credits from the Values Fund.

Data Center Bill
This legislation allows smaller companies to take advantage of incentives similar to Google and Microsoft.

Historic Tax Credits
This legislation raises the cap on historic tax credits from $20 million to $50 million.

While these bills have all passed the legislature, not all have been signed by the Governor. Governor Culver has 30 days to sign the bills. Please contact him at 515.281.5211 or use the email link below and encourage him to sign these bills into law.

Governor Culver

If you would like to share your personal appreciation with our legislators, please contact them at the e-mail addresses provided below.

Local Legislators

Rep. Dan Huseman
Rep. Christopher Rants
Rep. Chuck Soderberg
Rep. Roger Wendt
Rep. Wes Whitead

Senator Randy Feenstra
Senator Steve Warnstadt
Senator Ron Wieck

 

The Windy State?

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It’s more than just corn and beans that can be harvested in Iowa.  Did you know Iowa, especially the Siouxland area, is a prime spot for wind energy?  Wind levels are categorized in classes, with classes three or higher being harvest-able wind for energy.  The Siouxland area has some advantages: being located on I-29, being smack in the middle of all other major interstates (I-94, I-90, I-80, and I-70), and having the class three level winds. wind-usage-map2-copy

Iowa ranks # 1 in the nation for Bioenergy Investments according to Business Facilities magazine.  Iowa is also recognized by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as # 2 in the nation for “existing capacity” for wind energy projects.

Looking at all these facts it makes perfect sense for wind energy  to be greatly considered for the Siouxland area.  Siouxland’s close proximity to wind resources and unparalleled access to major transportation outlets makes Siouxland the ideal location for wind turbine, blade and component manufacturing.

The Intern

-Zach

My last day as an intern

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Today is my last day interning for the Siouxland Chamber because I’m moving away for the summer. It’s been a great experience working here as a social media intern. What did I learn? One of the most beneficial things I can take away from this internship is the first-hand knowledge I gained on all things web 2.0. Blogs and all other forms of social media are only getting bigger and bigger. Businesses should not be afraid of utilizing these great tools. Overcoming the fear of social networking can have many benefits as made clear by the April 26 article in the Sioux City Journal. The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is definitely leading by example and I’m so glad I got to be a part of this. 🙂

Goodbye for now, Alicia