Marketing 101: More Than Social Media

The Small Business Development Center and Iowa Central Community College have teamed up to offer a free workshop on Marketing for small businesses. With a portable laptop lab, each participant will be able to access info during this FREE workshop held at the Greene County Extension Office from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Kimberly Tiefenthaler of SBDC and Amy Pingel of ICCC’s Business Center are coordinating the programing offered to all those interested. They plan to get ideas of other programing interests for the remainder of the year. JM:MS encourages local businesses to take advantage of this opportunity for additional education. Register by calling 515-574-1293.


Be a Part of the Arch

Community members are invited to come and learn more about Arch Alley, the north alley renovation project with artist David Williamson. Everyone interested is encouraged to attend one of the community workshops on Jan. 31 either at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. at City Hall. David will lead the groups through collaboration for the third arch design representing the community. The Tower View Team wants all of your ideas for this collaborative piece of public art created by the public. The Tower View Team has designed one of the arches. Students from Greene County schools and Paton-Churdan schools have worked with David on the second arch. This is the time for the community involvement. Hope you can join us at either or both times!


Rural Electric Magazine highlights Jefferson

Midland Power Cooperative coordinated information about placemaking efforts in Jefferson’s Main Street District for an article just published to its members.  The article highlights the downtown façade rehabilitation project of 2017 and continued involvement of the City of Jefferson to encourage more renovation.  Take a look at the article here:

Rural Revitalization efforts in Jefferson


Pillar Technology brings Silicon Valley to Jefferson – media links

Pillar Technology’s Linc Kroeger invited IT business execs to Jefferson on December 8 to see the plans for The Forge -Jefferson renovation in downtown Jefferson and share ideas for bringing more technology jobs to Jefferson and potentially other rural communities.  Here are various media coverage from this historical event.

Silicon execs tell of their plans for Jefferson – Greene County News Online – Dec. 10, 2018

Silicon Valley is betting on one Iowa town’s efforts to bring tech jobs to rural America – Des Moines Register, Dec. 10, 2018

Silicon Valley, California meets Jefferson, Iowa – Raccoon Valley Radio, Dec. 10, 2018

Ben Sands of Costanoa Ventures Twitter post – Dec. 8, 2018

Silicon Valley is betting on one Iowa town’s efforts to bring tech jobs to rural America – Des Moines Register article in USA Today Dec. 10, 2018

California US Congressman supports Jefferson model – Raccoon Valley Radio, Dec. 12, 2018

Rebooting Rural Iowa – Jefferson Herald, Dec. 12, 2018

Nerd Herd will be ready when jobs come – Jefferson Herald, Dec. 12, 2018

Rural America counting on us – Jefferson Herald, Dec. 12, 2018

Khanna bringing revolution to you – Jefferson Herald, Dec. 12, 2018

Silicon Valley in Iowa: Congressman’s fight for technology jobs. The Guardian Dec. 16, 2018

Why Big Tech Congressman is Betting on Iowa . Christian Science Monitor Dec. 19, 2018

Spread the Digital Wealth – by Congressman Ro Khanna for New York Times Opinion page Dec. 30, 2018

City View reprint of Doug Burns article on Ro Khanna  Jan. 2, 2019

Bringing tech careers, not just jobs to rural America  Working Nation, Jan. 3, 2019






Letters to Santa

The Christmas committee has been contacted by Santa Claus asking if they could help him receive letters from area children. Committee members located a mailbox and decorated it for those special letters. Santa’s Mailbox will be positioned near the entrance of the Welcome Center in the Thomas Jefferson Gardens. Children are invited to write their wishes and thoughts for Santa starting December 1 through December 23. Because the letters are hand delivered, they don’t even need a stamp! The children can expect a letter back from Santa if they include a return address. Those attending the Christmas Tree Lighting in the Thomas Jefferson Gardens on Thursday, December 6 may want to bring their letters with them. Even though the kids can visit personally with Santa at the Bell Tower that evening, it is best to have the requests in writing for Santa to get on his list. The Christmas committee is overjoyed to offer this personal service for Santa this year and hope it can continue for years to come.

Angie Reese-Hueser is the chairperson of the Christmas committee and can be contacted for questions about Letters to Santa. This committee is made up of members of Thomas Jefferson Gardens, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Friends of the Library and Greene County Chamber & Tourism.

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