• S.E.E.D. Marketing Study set for this month.
Hamilton County S.E.E.D. is in the process of hiring Arnett Muldrow and Associates to conduct a branding and marketing initiative for Hamilton County S.E.E.D. and the historic downtowns of Ellsworth, Jewell, Stanhope and Stratford. The purpose of the effort is to create a consistent image package for S.E.E.D. and its community partners to use to continue to build local pride, recruit investment to the communities and market Hamilton County to visitors. The marketing and branding resource visit for Hamilton County will begin on Monday,March 23 with a series of round table meetings with various stakeholder groups. The public is invited to share their thoughts on the marketing image for Stratford at the elementary cafeteria on March 23, for Ellsworth on March 24 at the library at 7:00 p.m. and in Stanhope at the community center on the 25th at 5:30 p.m. The team will be back in Jewell the week of April 6. There will be more information on the public meeting in Jewell in the coming weeks. The intensive process is designed to immerse the project team in the district and to provide a marketing and branding plan in a very short time frame. The project team will then spend the time working on design concepts that will be presented to each community sometime in early April. Arnett Muldrow and Associates, Limited with offices in Greenville, South Carolina; Wilmington, Delaware and Seattle, Washington has completed branding and marketing programs for over 350 communities in thirty states. For additional information please contact Hamilton SEED director Sarah Thompson at 515-832-9575
• Kendall Young Library Board to meet Tuesday.
The Kendall Young Library Board will meet Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The board will review investments with BTC Money Mangers during the first two hours of the meeting. The regular board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. There will be a review of goals and objectives for the library and the upkeep of the library building. Kendall Young Library Director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her report on current library activities.
• Plans for Hamilton County Laborshed study.
Hamilton County S.E.E.D. and Webster City Economic Development will be working with the Iowa Workforce Development's Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Hamilton County area. The study will examine the labor force from which Hamilton County area employers draw their employees and is based upon commuting patterns into the area. The study will assist existing and potential businesses to better understand the size and characteristics of the area's labor force regardless of political boundaries. The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Hamilton County area for employment. For the success of this study, letters will be sent to employers in Hamilton County asking that they provide the employees' residential ZIP codes. The reporting will give an understanding of where each community's workforce resides. Once the Laborshed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in those identified areas. The questions will cover topics such as employment status, current and desired wages and benefits, educational level and type of occupation. Survey results will be applied to demographic data to determine the size of the Hamilton County area labor force as well as various labor force characteristics. Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers any identifiable information such as name, social security number or date of birth.The results for each county and regional Laborshed analysis can be found at the Iowa Workforce website. If you have any further questions please contact Hamilton County S.E.E.D. director Sarah Thompson at 515-832-9575.
• Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
• Webster City school announcements.....