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The Council Bluffs Area Wi-Fi Consortium today launched the first phase of one of the largest free community Wi-Fi networks in the United States. When complete, the BLink (Bluffs Community Wi-Fi ) network coverage area will span more than 20 square miles, providing free Wi-Fi access to more than 40,000 people and reaching the doorsteps of nearly every home and business in Council Bluffs. This project demonstrates the city’s vision for community-wide access and growth, according to Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. Read more

 

An often-used tool in public affairs is a letter to the editor (LTE), and how it is written goes a long way in determining whether it will run.

So what makes a good letter?
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Today, Google announced that Google Express, a next day delivery service, is expanding in the Midwest and arriving in Dubuque and Davenport. Read more

 

A new poll released today by the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA) shows strong support among Iowa voters for the Clean Power Plan because of its ability to spur economic growth in Iowa’s renewable energy industry. Read more

 

An increase in regional and national demand for wind energy will translate to expanded economic development and job creation for Iowa, according to a report released by the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) today. Read more

 

Industry and community leaders highlight benefits of carbon reduction goal... Read more

 

In a Des Moines Register guest editorial, DMACC President Rob Denson discusses the economic benefits and job opportunities in Iowa's renewable energy industry. Read more

 

Introducing Camp Google! Starting July 13th, we’re launching Camp Google - a free 4-week long online camp for kids everywhere ages 7-10. Read more

 

In a recent column for CNBC, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad highlights Google's investment in Iowa as an example of why Iowa is one of the best places to do business. Read the full story at... Read more

 

Summer is here and we can take a break from our government and public affairs efforts, right?

The simple answer: no. While we would all like to take a break from the day in and day out focus that is the Iowa legislative session, effective public affairs strategies are a year-long process. And, as we can slow down a bit, we do need to keep looking toward the fall when the Legislature starts thinking about the issues of the next session, as well working to keep our issues close visible and moving forward. Read more

 

Our country demands innovation. In an era of increasing globalization and competing economies, much is expected from the inventors and entrepreneurs among us. Why, then, do we continue year after year surrendering to patent trolls who have demonstrated a callous willingness to manipulate our patent system, crush innovation and harm our economy? Read more

 

Recently, YouTube launched a #DearMe campaign in honor of International Women's Day to encourage women to reflect on what advice they would give their younger selves. While the initiative is aimed at inspiring teenage girls, PolicyWorks' staffer Jessica Maldonado shares five tips she would give her 16-year-old self that still apply for women in the workforce today. Read more

 

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) released a new report today, titled “Iowa’s Wind Potential for Addressing 111(d) Goals: The Potential for Tapping Iowa’s Wind Resources to Reduce C02 Emissions,” that analyzes Iowa’s current wind energy production and forecasts the state’s future wind energy capacity. As a national leader in wind energy, Iowa already is on track to achieve its proposed carbon reduction goals in the Clean Power Plan, and also is well-positioned to help other states achieve their goals in a way that benefits Iowa’s economy and job market. Read more

 

Policyworks' Jessica Maldonado shares tips for "Bridging the Life Stage Divide" in the workforce and balancing life as a working mom. Read the full story in the Business Record's LIFT newsletter at... Read more

 

More than 40 Iowa credit union leaders attended this week's Chapter Lobby visit... Read more

 

State Senator Jeff Danielson and State Representative Jake Highfill discuss the need to free fantasy sports from heavy-handed laws in Iowa... Read more

 

The Iowa House approved legislation 93-0 that will open more schoolhouse doors for exercise and recreational activities. Read more

 

The Iowa Senate voted 32 to 16 in favor of Senate File 166 today to legalize Fantasy Sports activity in Iowa... Read more

 

The Iowa Credit Union League was recognized with this year's Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Organization at GAC. A Credit Union Journal story notes that "one of ICUL's biggest successes has been PolicyWorks, a subsidiary company that not only lobbies for the league but provides compliance assistance to credit unions in the U.S. and beyond. Not only has that provided ICUL with additional revenue streams — PolicyWorks lobbies not just for credit unions, but in the fields of technology, public safety, health care, energy and technology — but it has helped the league understand how lobbying works in other countries as well." Read more

 

It was a great week for the Bridging Solutions for a Healthier Iowa coalition, which includes the American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate. The Coalition has been championing legislation that would make it easier for schools to open their facilities to the community after hours as a place for physical activity.

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