County supports state veteran initiative

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

LEE COUNTY – An Iowa group formed to help veterans transition into careers in Iowa got a nod of approval from the county Tuesday.

Dana Millard, Economic Development Project Director with Lee County Economic Development Group said approached supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Millard said a resolution of support, and no financial commitment, is all that would required from the county.

The effort called the Home Base Iowa Initiative helps military personnel transitioning out of service into the private sector, and also provides another avenue to track down skilled labor to help fill jobs available in the county.

“We’ve decided we would like to pursue the designation to be a Home Based Iowa community,” Millard said.

“This group helps us recruit veterans who are transitioning out of the military and bring them to Lee County where we can help them match what they were doing in the military to civilian jobs that are local.”

Millard told supervisors that she has spoken with several businesses that see benefit in having the county designated as part of the initiative.

Millard said supervisors Rick Larkin and Gary Folluo have been part of the steering committee, which also included representatives of the Keokuk and Fort Madison chambers of commerce and several veterans working in local industries.

“It’s a great program to help recruit individuals to Lee County and a way to help those who have served our country and match them with local careers,” Millard said.

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