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									                                                                                Volume 23   I   February 2009   I   Number 2

                                                You are invited!
                                           Gather the troops and join forces to
                                                make your voice heard!
                                                    Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Presents
 In this issue...
 Greetings . . . . . . . . . . . .2
 Member Spotlight . . .3
                                            Clinton County Regional Trip to Des Moines
 Renewing Members .4                                                   February 17th
 New Members . . . . . . .4                     Clinton County Trip to Washington D.C.
 Chamber Calendar . . .5
 Biz After 5 . . . . . . . . . . .6
                                                                       March 4th-6th
 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . .7
 Downtown                                 Individuals from throughout Clinton County and the surrounding areas
 Partnership . . . . . . . . . .8          will travel to our state capitol in Des Moines and our nation’s capitol in
 Biz Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9     Washington D.C. to speak with State and Federal Representatives and
 CRDC News . . . . . . . . .10                various agencies to share our needs, concerns and points of view.
 Around Town . . . . . . .11
 Biz Wrap-up . . . . . . . .12
                                         Issues to be discussed include: Education, Transportation, Healthcare,
                                              Railport, Renewable Energy & Unfunded Federal Mandates

                                                  WE NEED TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!
                                                        Do you want to get involved? You can!
                                         Contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.
UNITED STATES CHAMBER    OF   COMMERCE                 (563) 242-5702 or
                 CHAMBER STAFF
                                           Positively Speaking...
                          Julie Allesee
                                                                       By Julie Allesee,        Each department had an information session
                              President                                Chamber President        defining exactly what this restructuring would
          Heather Hilgendorf-Cooley                                                             mean to the workers, personally. The employees
         Director, Clinton Convention &                                ADDRESSING               were told that “we are not going out of business,
                         Visitors Bureau                               THE ISSUE -              and we expect our day-to-day operations at our
                                                                       HEAD ON                  Clinton plant won't change as a result of this fil-
                      Steve Bamman                                                              ing. The Clinton plant has acted conservatively
       Director, Downtown Partnership                                Over the past              in their hiring practices and has used attrition to
                                                                     several weeks,             right-size their workforce.
                       Jennifer Naeve
          Director, Member Programs &
                                                                     Industries has begun       Ruth spoke of the Clinton plant as having had
                             Relations     restructuring under Chapter 11.                      fourteen owners since the early 1960's. While
                     Rachael Vopatek                                                            that may seem like a large number, it also
             Events & Communications       More importantly, is the way in which                demonstrates the viability of this plant in the
                         Coordinator       LyondellBasell has addressed the issue with their    plastics resin market.
                                           employees and the community. In a meeting
                             Karen Friis   that overviewed the process of Chapter 11, one       We agree with Mr. Ruth! The Clinton and Mid-
    Administrative Services Coordinator    of the most impressive statements delivered by       west worker has the reputation of pulling up
                                           Courtney Ruth, Plant Manager, was regarding the      their bootstrap to work to their fullest capacity.
                       Shawn Hood
                                           will and determination of the LyondellBasell         We applaud the management of the Lyondell
        Business Manager and Systems
                                           workforce in the local Plant.                        Basell plant in Clinton for addressing the workers
                       Administrator                                                            and community calming the area of the effect
                    Mary Jo Kinkaid                                                             that the Chapter 11 filing might be interpreted.
           CVB Administrative Assistant
                        Jennifer Lee       RIVER CITY GOLD SALES TOPS $1 MILLION IN 2008
           Events and Communication
    Coordinator, Downtown Partnership      River City Gold is a long running program that       The rollover of dollars in our community multi-
                                           ensures that those purchasing the certificates       plies by six times each time the certificates are
                                           spend their dollars locally.                         redeemed.

                                           Since River City Gold checks can only be             The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has
                                           redeemed at Chamber member businesses, the           nearly six hundred members and is an associa-
                                           sale of River City Gold bolsters the area economy.   tion of businesses organized to encourage a
                                           Approximately four years ago, the Clinton Area       strong local economy and quality of life by pro-
                                           Chamber of Commerce changed the way “gold”           moting a well-balanced regional community,
                                           was redeemed by offering those participating in      receptive business climate, sound government
                                           the program the ease of including the certifi-       and an informed membership.
                                           cates directly into their deposits.
                                                                                                For questions regarding River City Gold or any of
                                           Since that change took place, the number of dol-     the programs sponsored by the Clinton Area
                                           lars purchased through December 2008 now             Chamber of Commerce, please call (563)242-
                                           totals $1,029,185. In December 2008 alone, sales     5702.
                                           of “gold” to large companies represented
                                           $124,220. Individuals purchased $8,960.00.

                                           CHAMBERNews                                                       February 2009
New Member Spotlight
BODINE SERVICES                                     Bodine team with the primary focus of this
                                                    training being safety. Each trainee com-
From humble beginnings in 1960, Bodine              pletes OSHA 10 hour requirements with first
Services has become a premier provider of           aid and CPR certifications. Extensive pre-
industrial plant services throughout the            employment activities include hair follicle
Midwest. Our objective is to provide turn-          drug screening to assure a drug free work
key solutions to our client's most difficult        place.
cleaning problems and to do this safely and
professionally.                                     Additional hiring is presently underway to          waterblasters, 3D Hurricane blast heads,
                                                    meet a growing demand for services.                 pump truck, jet machine, hi-rail vacuum
Bodine's full-service industrial plant mainte-      Clinton Operations Manager Jeff Young has           truck, vacuum boxes, roll-off trailer and a
nance facility in Clinton Iowa began servic-        been busy tailoring the facility to meet the        Tymco dustless street sweeper.
ing area clients toward the end of 2006.            needs of the area business community. Jeff
Bodine President Michael Severns said “We           commented “We have an excellent facility,           Entry into the Clinton market brings the total
are excited to be a part of the eastern Iowa        outstanding equipment and a dedicated               number of Bodine locations to four. In addi-
and northwestern Illinois business communi-         team of experienced employees. We look              tion to Clinton, Bodine operates industrial
ty. This is an excellent industrial market and      forward to the future and expect the Clinton        plant maintenance operations in Decatur, IL;
we are very pleased with the reception to           facility will be growing and expanding for          Evansville, IN; and Peoria, IL. In addition
our business thus far.”                             some time.”                                         Bodine offers a full range of Environmental
                                                                                                        services from their Peoria and Decatur facili-
Bodine's Clinton labor force is working hard        A partial list of the equipment available at        ties. We invite anyone with interest in our
to set the standard for industrial cleaning         the Clinton facility includes multiple industri-    services to contact Jeff Young at 563-243-
contractors. A full five days of training is pro-   al vacuum trucks with wet/dry and high              1144.
vided for each individual that joins the            dump capabilities, 10k, 20k and 40k

Member Spotlight
VALLEY BANK - A HISTORY OF                                                                              office, are full-service locations.
EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE                                                            • Valley Bank was      • In 2004, Valley Bank established a mortgage
                                                                                 formed in 1993 in      banking office in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We lead with speed to deliver extraordinary                                      Eldridge, Iowa.        • In 2008, Valley Bank added the Cedar Valley
service to our clients. That is our mission                                      • Valley Bank is now   Group witch consists of loan production
statement and we live by it every day.                                           headquartered in       offices in Anamosa, Dubuque and Waterloo,
                                                    Moline, Illinois and we maintain eight offices      Iowa.
Valley Bank was founded by business profes-         in the Quad Cities, Iowa metro area, three of
sionals with a vision for a community bank          which are located in Hy-Vee supermarkets.           We take pride in helping all of our customers
that would deliver extraordinary service            We also have a location inside the Clinton,         grow their businesses, buy their homes and
quickly. That means our clients are assured         Iowa and Burlington, Iowa Hy-Vee supermar-          achieve their financial goals. Every city and
accurate, friendly service and prompt deci-         kets. All of these locations are full-service       town where we have a presence is consid-
sions made by local management in each              locations.                                          ered a hometown to the Valley employees
community we serve. Our reputation for fast,        • In 2002, we expanded to the Des Moines,           who work there. Therefore, we are actively
extraordinary service and the personalized          Iowa metro area and we currently have six           involved in each community we serve, where
attention we provide to each and every client       branches there with future expansion                we consistently strive to live by our philoso-
has led to our expansion. Valley Bank is now        planned. In addition, we have one location          phy of leading with speed.
one of the fastest growing banks in the coun-       and one loan production in Ames, Iowa. All of
try.                                                these locations, except the loan production
   The Chamber would like to thank the
  following members for renewing their
    memberships during the month of

20+ years
             January 2009
                                                W                       elcome
                                                     New members are listed in each
                                                     issue of ChamberNEWS. The
                                                     following businesses have
                                                                                      Aloha Sun Tanning
                                                                                      Shari Determan, Co-Owner
                                                                                      1015 13th Avenue North,
                                                                                      Suite 1
                                                                                      Clinton, IA 52732
                                                                                                            New Members
                                                                                                                          1721 No. 2nd Street
                                                                                                                          Clinton, IA 52732
                                                                                                                          563-242-0765 - fax
                                                                                                                                                           Studio 87
                                                                                                                                                           Jessica Irvine, Co-Owner
                                                                                                                                                           119 5th Avenue South
                                                                                                                                                           Clinton, IA 52732
Eagle Point Nursing & Rehabilitation Center     26   made an investment in our        alohasun_tanning@                   JPL Investments LLC              Silver Dollar Saloon
Homer's Deli/Sweetheart Bakery                  25   community by joining the                           Julie & Pat Lonergan             Shelly Ann Brewer, Owner
YWCA Clinton                                    25   Clinton Area Chamber of             P.O. Box 1711                    76 Main Avenue
                                                     Commerce. Please support                                             Clinton, IA 52733-1711           Clinton, IA 52732
NxGen Payment Services                          22   these businesses when making     Aloha Sun Tanning is Clinton's      612-414-1571                     563-243-2658
Lauren Ashley Smith                             22   purchases and business deci-     premier tanning salon. Locally                             
American Electric Inc.                          21   sions.                           owned by Shari and Tim              L&J's Snack Shack
River Cities Internal Medicine, PC              21                                    Determan and Beth and Terry         Linda & John Young, Owners       We offer dart leagues and pool
                                                     ADM Polymer                      Kenney. We offer state of the art   1401 11th Avenue South           leagues. Dart tournaments the
Clinton Wilbert Vaults                          20   John Morrison, Plant Manager     beds that offer more tanning        Clinton, IA 52732                last Friday of every month. Hours
Iowa Workforce Development Center               20   410 18th Avenue South            and more features.                  563-243-0270                     are Wednesday through Friday, 7
The Swiss Colony, Inc. & SC Data Center, Inc.   20   Clinton, IA 52732                                                                                     am to ? Saturday through
                                                     563-241-4568                     Bodine Services of Clinton          Shawn Lorion                     Tuesday, 10 am to ? We offer 5
                                                     563-241-4514 - fax               LLC                                 1011 West Lincolnway             domestic tap beers and a wide
10+ years                                             Jeff Young, Operations              Morrison, IL 61270               variety of bottle and can beer.
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre                   18                                    Manager                             815-772-5337
                                                     Behr Clinton                     3008 Lincolnway                     815-772-7617 - fax               Plumb Supply
Subway                                          17   Kevin Wherry, Vice President     Clinton, IA 52732               Matt McGuire, General
Necker's Jewelers                               15   of Marketing                     563-243-1144                                                         Manager
Home Inspectors Plus, Inc.                      13   2815 Liberty Avenue              563-243-1188 - fax                  I help clients evaluate their    4601 Grand Avenue
                                                     Clinton, IA 52732                     financial needs and introduce    Davenport, IA 52807
Eagle River Liquor                              11
                                                     563-242-4214                                                         them to the resources within     563-391-0240
King Buffet                                     10   563-242-2777                     Cadogan Chiropractic                Wells Fargo devoted to helping   563-391-0695 - fax
Nutrition Plus                                  10             Angela Maring, Office               them build and manage their
Property Development Assoc.                     10                    Manager                             wealth.                

5+ years
Rep. Polly Bukta                                9    Clapper
Imperial Lanes & Sparetime Sports Bar           9     Award                                         Excellence In Customer Service Award
BeautiControl                                   7                                                   Sponsored by the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce
Generations Area Agency on Aging                7                                                   (Nominations reviewd by Clapper Committee each month)
Captain Clean                                   6
                                                        Cut along
1+ years                                               the dotted             Nominee Name:____________________________ Date of Entry: / /
Artistic Rebellion Tattoos                      4        lines and            Place of Employment: ______________________ Location ____________
Clinton County                                  3    send us your             Your Name: ______________________________ Your Phone ( ) ______
K & R Public Scale Inc.                         2     nomination!
Russ & Karen Wiersema Scrap Iron & Metal        2
Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County, Inc.    1                              How has this person displayed exceptional customer service? ____________

                                                                                           Please mail nomination to the Chamber or e-mail to

                                                     CHAMBERNews                                                                                  February 2009
February Chamber Calendar                                                                              2008-2009
                                                                                                       Executive Committee
2     Membership Advisory, 12:00 Noon, Legends.                                                        Mike Johnson
                                                                                                       Clinton Engineering Chairman
3     Downtown Planning & Design Committee, 7:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                            Lori Susie
      Women in Business Committee, 8:00 a.m., Corner Deli.                                             Sedona Staffing 1st Vice Chair
      Leadership Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.                                           Ben Yoder
                                                                                                       Gateway State Bank 2nd Vice Chair
4     Leadership Institute, 8::00 a.m., Location to be announced.                                      Jacque Rutledge
                                                                                                       Chatom Enterprise Treasurer

5     Business Training and Seminar Committee, 7:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                         Brenda Thornton
                                                                                                       Homer's Deli/Sweetheart Bakery Past Chairperson

6     SCORE Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                             Board of Directors
      SCORE Free Small Business Counseling, 10:00 to Noon, Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                       John Ballheim
                                                                                                       Ashford University
7     Camanche Committee Spaghetti Dinner, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Camanche High School.                     Sheralyn Bartels
                                                                                                       Don's Jewelry
10 Local & Government Affairs Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.                              Josh Binder
      Des Moines Trip Planning, 4:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                        ADM Corn Processing
      Downtown Partnership Planning Session, 5:15 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.                           Jenny Boysen
                                                                                                       Clinton National Bank
12 Business Park Corporation, 8:00 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                          Juliann Bray
                                                                                                       A.C. Root Agency
      Events Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                       Stephanie Brisch
      CVB Planning Session, 5:00 p.m., Best Western Frontier.                                          Clifton Gunderson LLP
                                                                                                       Tim Clark
13 Cultural & Entertainment District, 8:00 a.m., Historical Society.                                   Zirkelbach Refrigeration
      SCORE Free Small Business Counseling, 10:00 to Noon, Chamber of Commerce.                        Cathy Crosser
                                                                                                       NelsonCorp Wealth Management
14 Legislative Coffee, 9:00 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                                 Barb Faulkner
                                                                                                       Best Western Frontier
17 Des Moines Day, reservations required for seat on bus.                                              Susan Gomez
      Miss Clinton County Board, 6:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                       U.S. Bank
                                                                                                       Donna Oliver
                                                                                                       Mercy Medical Center
18 Clinton County Community Development Association, 7:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                       Alicia Skalnik
      Leadership Institute, 8:00 a.m., location to be determined.                                      LyondellBasell Industries
      Budget & Finance Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                       Marsha Smith
      Executive Committee/Gateway Area Foundation, 1:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.                     Abstract & Title Guaranty Company
      Biz After 5, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Gabel Chiropractic, 218 No. 2nd Street.                           Mary Swanson
                                                                                                       Howes & Jefferies
19 Downtown Events Committee, 8:00 a.m., location to be announced.
      Clapper Committee, 12:00 Noon, location to be announced.                                         CHAMBERNews is published by the Clinton Area
                                                                                                       Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit corporation,
                                                                                                       serving the business communities of Clinton and
20 SCORE Free Small Business Counseling, 10:00 to Noon, Chamber of Commerce.                           Camanche, Iowa and Fulton, Illinois.

24 DC Trip Planning, 4:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                                   Phone: 563-242-5702
                                                                                                       Fax: 563-242-5803
26 Board of Directors, 7:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.                                                 E-Mail:
                                                                                                       Web Address:
30    SCORE Free Small Business Counseling, 10:00 to Noon, Chamber of Commerce.

         Meetings are subject to change. Watch your mail for details or check with
     Karen at (563) 242-5702 before attending any regularly scheduled Chamber event.
       Reservations are required for most noon meetings held at the Chamber office.

CHAMBERNews                                                 February 2009
                   Biz After 5

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Ribbon Cuttings

            Sweet Woodruff                              Cadogan Chiropractic                 Riverfront Park Bathroom Project
      Celebrating New Chamber Membership              Celebrating New Chamber Membership              Celebrating Completion

                  Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce                         Meet the staff!
                    Camanche Committee Presents...

                   CAMANCHE SCHOOLS
                    SPAGHETTI DINNER
          Saturday, February 7, 2009
                  5 - 8 p.m.
        Camanche High School Commons
                           Adults: $5.00
                          Students: $4.00
                     Children Under 13: $3.00
                                                                           Staff members from The Clinton Area Chamber of
    All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner                                       Commerce and The Clinton Regional Development
         PROCEEDS GO TO CAMANCHE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS                  Corporation include:
                                                                           Front row L-R Amanda Pearson (intern), Jennifer
                        Sponsored by:                                      Naeve, Shawn Hood, Ed O’Neill, Karen Mooney, Karen
1st Gateway Credit Union, Camanche School District, Citizens First         Friis, Mary B. Paul
Bank, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Clinton National Bank,
                                                                           Back Row L-R Heather Hilgendorf-Cooley, Mary Jo
 Culver's, Hy-Vee Food, Imperial Lanes, LyondellBasell Industries,
                Donna Pinter and Tom Determann                             Kinkaid, Rachael Vopatek, Steve Ames, Steve Bamman,
                                                                           Jennifer Lee, Julie Allesee, Sylvia Banes
     Downtown SSMID District
     The Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District         • Downtown is a major employer. When you count
     (SSMID) was formed in 1999 and consists of a 15 block      the number of jobs in the community, you will find
     radius of businesses in the Downtown. The SSMID will       Downtown is one of the larger employers.
     be up for renewal within the next year. Below are
     some benefits to the property owners and the entire        • Downtown infrastructure is a major public invest-
     community:                                                 ment. Healthy businesses in buildings assessed at full
                                                                value generate taxes that give taxpayers a return on
     • It provides the ongoing financial resources for main-    public investment.
     tenance, administration and for capital projects that
     can only be used for the benefit of property owners        • Downtown revitalized protects property values in
     within the district and provides a means to stabilizing    surrounding residential neighborhoods.
     and improving property value.
                                                                • Downtown rehabilitation work stimulates the local
     • It is a mechanism to coordinate economic develop-        economy. Materials and labor for new commercial
     ment activities between property owners, businesses        building construction often come from out of town.
     and local government.
                                                                • Downtown is the heart of the community and the
     • Provides a program to market downtown as a loca-         site for government, arts, churches, and financial insti-
     tion for the expansion of existing businesses and the      tutions.
     development of new businesses.
                                                                • Downtown is an important community space where
     • Provides short and long range strategic planning for     members of all segments of the community can meet
     the overall redevelopment of downtown and                  equally for parades, and community events.
     resources to accomplish goals.
                                                                • Downtown is a tourist attraction and is the location
     • Downtown is a symbol of: the economic health of          of the community's unique businesses and buildings.
     the community, quality of life, history and pride and
     the partnership between the private and public sector.     The most obvious advantage of the Self Supporting
                                                                Municipal Improvement District is that it provides a
     • Downtown is an important factor for industrial,          much broader definition of the types of improvements
     commercial developers, and professional recruitment.       that can be financed than is available under current
                                                                Iowa law.
     • Downtown serves as an incubator for new small
     businesses - the success of tomorrow. Strips and malls     In summary, the District enables private business-ori-
     are often too expensive for new entrepreneurs. Lower       ented property owners to join with public parties to
     rents make Downtown a good location.                       create a wide spectrum of neighborhood or communi-
                                                                ty-wide improvements. The Downtown Partnership's
     • Downtown represents independent business which           mission is keeping the enhancement of Clinton's
     supports local families, community projects such as        Downtown a high priority in the community and to
     teams and school and keeps profits in town (chain          stimulate action focusing on Downtown revitalization.
     stores send profits out of town).

     • Downtown helps reduce sprawl by concentrating
     activity in one area.

    CHAMBERNews                                                                     February 2009
Biz Bits
Clinton Family Caregiver Support Group                   For more information about the Citizen Police              year's All-Star festivities from Sunday, June 21st
Expands with Partnership, New Venue                      Academy, contact the Clinton Police Department,            through Wednesday, June 24th with the game itself
Generations Area Agency on Aging is pleased to           563-243-1455, or Clinton Community College, 563-           taking place on Tuesday, June 23rd. The logo features
announce their partnership with Mercy Homecare in        244-7050.                                                  many icons of the city of Clinton and the
the expansion of programming for the Clinton family                                                                 LumberKings themselves. The green water wheel and
caregiver support groups. Generations and Mercy are                                                                 black water are symbols of Clinton's long history as a
working together to provide a variety of knowledge-      CRDC Attends MAEDC Conference                              bustling city on the Mississippi River. Even today, pad-
able speakers who will share helpful aging and care-     Steven Ames attended the (MAEDC) Mid-American              dleboats still regularly frequent the banks just out-
giving information to group participants. The support    Economic Development Council's Competitiveness             side the walls of Alliant Energy Field. The wood plank
group recently moved from the Ericksen Center to         Conference on December 7th thru the 9th at the             featuring the “All-Star Game” lettering harkens back
Mercy Hospital, South Campus, every 2nd Wednesday        Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The confer-   to a time when Clinton was the “lumber capital of the
of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. In January, Eve      ence brought together economic development pro-                   .
                                                                                                                    world” The very “LumberKings” moniker refers to the
Palm, MS, LNHC, from Mercy Homecare and Hospice          fessionals from around the Midwest. Brent Pollina,         many millionaires of the logging industry that called
shared with caregivers tips on coping with the           Pollina Corporate Real Estate, did a presentation on       Clinton home in the early 1900's. "We wanted a logo
“blues” Respite-care reimbursement is available,         how to make your community more competitive in             that combined Clinton's past and present. We wanted
enabling caregivers to attend the group meetings. A      the economic development arena. He critiqued sev-          to highlight the things that make Clinton unique
two-week prior notification is requested. Call           eral RFPs (request for proposals) that were submitted      and the combination of the lumber, river and paddle-
Generations' Cindy Berteloth, RN, Family Caregiver       by communities as an exercise. Joan Herron,                wheel do that," said LumberKings' General Manager
Program Director, to RSVP or to get more informa-        President of Herron Consulting discussed the impor-        Ted Tornow. The release of the logo is only the begin-
tion, 563-324-9085, ext. 209.                            tance of being prepared and the different means of         ning of the announcements planned by the
                                                         taking your community or region to the short list.         LumberKings regarding the All-Star Game.
                                                         Finally, futurist Dr. Ed Barlow explored the continuum     Information on tickets, the 2009 Home Run Derby,
Clinton Police Department and CCC                        of rapid and dramatic structural change occurring          merchandise and more are coming in the next few
Present 15th Citizen Police Academy                      with the Midwest economy, as well as with our com-         months. Stay tuned to for
The Clinton Police Department and Clinton                munities, our economic development efforts, and our        updates.
Community College will partner to offer the Citizen      profession, in particular.
Police Academy from February 5- May 7, 2009.
Graduation is May 12. Clinton Police Chief Brian Guy                                                                Country Inn & Suites Announces
stated,“With the generous support of Clinton                                                                        Completion of New Renovation
National Bank, we are able to offer the 15th Citizen                                                                The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson at 2224
Police Academy in 2009.” The goal of the Citizen                                                                    Lincolnway, Clinton, IA, announced the completion of
Police Academy is to develop positive relations and                                                                 its State of the art Fitness room renovation. The hotel
to create better understanding and communications                                                                   currently has 62 Rooms.“We are very excited about
between the citizens of Clinton, Iowa and their police                                                              the new renovation at our hotel and are committed
department through education; to create a growing                                                                   to providing the best service to our guests,” said P.C.
nucleus of responsible, well informed citizens who                                                                  Desai, general manager, Country Inn & Suites By
have the potential of influencing public opinion                                                                    Carlson in Clinton. Country Inn & Suites offers loca-
about police practices and services. Citizens will                                                                  tions that feature traditional architecture and sophis-
gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges      LumberKings Unveil 2009 All-Star Logo                      ticated residential interior design with hardwood
facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to        Midwest League All-Star Game hits                          flooring, lobby fireplace and decorative ceiling bor-
offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.            Alliant Energy Field on June 23rd                          ders. Each hotel welcomes guests with traditional
Topics presented include Patrol Procedures, Dignitary    The Clinton LumberKings officially kicked off their        furnishings that blend rich woods. Country Inn &
Protection, OWI, Street Crime & Narcotics, Jail Tour,    2009 All-Star campaign with the release of the 2009        Suites is known for its consistently high quality
Evidence, Special Investigations and Court               Midwest League All-Star Game logo. Alliant Energy          accommodations and personal, warm hospitality.
Procedures.                                              Field and the City of Clinton will play host to this       Country Inn & Suites By CarlsonSM is part of
                                                                                                                    Minneapolis, Minn.-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide,
                                                                                                                    whose operations also include Regent Hotels &
                                                                                                                    Resorts; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®; Park Plaza®
                                                                                                                    Hotels and Resorts and Park Inn®.

                                                                                                                    Do you have a “Biz Bits” to share? Submit
                                                                                                                    your 100-150 word article to Rachael
                                                                                                                    Vopatek at by the
                                                                                                                    10th of the month for possible inclusion in
                                                                                                                    the following month’s newsletter. We
                                                                                                                    reserve the right to edit for space.

                                        Clinton Regional Development Corp. News
                    CRDC STAFF
                                        A MESSAGE FROM CRDC                                   IOWA STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
                         Steve Ames
                                        As we reflect on 2008 and its many challenges and     Article was written by IDED Iowa Life Changing and
                     President & CEO
                                        accomplishments, we are thankful for the support      published in the PDI December 2008 On-line
                                        of the community we serve. Thank you to our           Newsletter; it was submitted by Sylvia Banes, CRDC
                         Sylvia Banes   investors, our business partners, and our local       Business Relations Manager.
          Business Relations Manager    community leaders for the contribution you make
                                        to the success of our organization. Because of        The Iowa Department of Economic Development
                     Karen Mooney       you, the task of promoting the Clinton Region as a    (IDED) will be accepting applications for the
        Marketing/Research Specialist   great place to do business is an easy one, and we     Summer Internship Program starting December 1,
                                        feel truly blessed to take on that role.              2008. The application period is open from
                     Edward O'Neill     Best Wishes to all for a Prosperous New Year!         December 1, 2008 through May 1, 2009, or until
     Resource Development Specialist                                                          the program's funds are exhausted.

                                        TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE                           This program is a key opportunity for companies
                       Mary B. Paul     FOR FIRMS
             Administrative Assistant                                                         in your local areas who are focusing on develop-
                                                                                              ing their workforce and bringing college gradu-
                                        Article forwarded to CRDC by Leigh Anne Kenyon,       ates to the area. The Iowa Student Internship
                                        Project Manager for Applied Strategies                Program links college students from Iowa schools
                                        International, Ltd., 150 No. Wacker Drive, Chicago,   to internship opportunities in small- and medium-
                                        IL 60606; submitted by Sylvia Banes, CRDC             sized firms with a goal of transitioning the interns
                                        Business Relations Manager.                           to full-time employment in the state upon gradua-
                                        The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a U.S.
                                        Department of Commerce program designed for           This is a program of great interest to local Iowa-
                                        manufacturers adversely affected by imports. This     based companies that meet all three of the
                                        program offers 50/50 cost-sharing of projects         following criteria:
                                        aimed at improving a firm's competitive position,     • Fewer than 500 employees, with a significant
                                        up to a total of $150,000 in projects with a maxi-    portion employed within the state of Iowa.
                                        mum TAA cost-share of $75,000. The amount the         • Engaged in one of the targeted industries of
                                        program can cost-share is dependent upon the          biosciences, advanced manufacturing, or
                                        demand on program, funding, level, and company        information technology.
                                        size and sales. Funds are applied toward the cost     • Offer internships to students of Iowa communi-
                                        of consultants, engineers, or other outside profes-   ty colleges, private colleges, or regent institutions.
                                        sional service-providers a firm chooses to imple-
                                        ment projects such as Manufacturing, Information      The companies must pay at least twice the
                                        Technology, Marketing, and Financial and General      minimum wage ($14.50/hr.) The company shall
                                        Management.                                           provide matching funds of at least two dollars for
                                                                                              every one dollar received from IDED up to $3,100
                                        To qualify, a manufacturing firm must have lost       per internship. A company can apply for up to
                                        some domestic business to imports, and experi-        three interns per fiscal year. Summer internships
                                        ences sales and employment declines over the last     will last a minimum of eight weeks averaging no
                                        two years. Interested firms should contact their      less than thirty hours per week. For more
                                        local Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)       information, call Alana Anderson at 515-281-7306.
                                        to get started. A TAAC professional will initially    Student Internship Program applications are
                                        assess eligibility and prepare an application on a    available at: http//
                                        firm's behalf.                                        business/ ic/internship_program.html
                                        For additional program information and a list of
                                        TAACs, visit:

                                        CHAMBERNews                                                          February 2009
News from Around the Town
REMOVAL POLICY                                   HOSTED BY ASHFORD UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                The Children's Discovery Center has
The Downtown Partnership's Planning and          Over 50 people attended the Pre-               released the following statistics for June-
Design Committee recently reviewed side-         Legislative session hosted by Ashford          December 2008, since their relocation to
walk snow removal policies in an effort to       University. Legislators attending the event    332 8th Ave. So. in Clinton.
improve these procedures. The Committee          were Senators Roger Stewart and Shawn
met with City staff and came to an agree-        Hammerlink and Representatives Polly           Number of admissions - 10,857
ment to compensate the City for providing        Bukta and Steve Olson. Representative Tom      Parties & special events
this service. The purpose of this letter is to   Schueller was in Des Moines for a                 held at the Center - 159
provide you information about changes in         Committee meeting and was unable to            Field trips - 25
the process.                                     attend.                                        Client/special needs (complimentary)
                                                                                                   admissions - 81
Sidewalks in the Self Supporting Municipal                                     After intro-     Memberships sold - 110
Improvement District will now be cleared by                                    duction of
the City Grounds and Facilities Division at                                    the              Patrons visiting the Discovery Center are
the same time they begin the process at City                                   Legislators,     from all across the USA, with especially
Offices. Snow removal may occur at various                                     they each        high numbers from Illinois. The economic
times of the day, depending on when snow-                                      were given a     impact from these families is significant.
fall occurs and the amount of accumulation.                                    period of        Many of them inquire about restaurants,
The City will sweep, blow or plow snow from                                    time to offer    shops, etc. in the area.
the edge of buildings into the curb; they will                                 a glance at
not clear doorways, driveways, private walk-                                   the priorities   The Center will host two traveling exhibits:
ways, or paths to the street. Grooming                                         of the ses-      One is from the Mississippi Valley Regional
remains the responsibility of the property or    sion. Questions were asked regarding the       Blood Center about the circulatory system
business owner, your assistance will be          Federal Stimulus package and its impact        from Feb. 20-March 13. The other is an
appreciated.                                     on the States. Issues regarding a possible     exhibit called “Outreach to Space” from the
                                                 gas tax were overviewed as was healthcare      end of Feb.-May.
If there is an accumulation of two inches or     and education.
more the City Street Department will plow                                                       January-April programs are planned in col-
from the curb to the middle of the street,       Mark your calendar and attend the three        laboration with Clinton County
windrow and remove snow the following            legislative sessions that are scheduled for    Conservation Board, ISU Extension,
day.                                             February14, March 14 and April 11th, host-     Bickelhaupt Arboretum, City of Clinton and
                                                 ed by the Clinton Area Chamber of              the LumberKings, to name a few. Future
If you have any questions contact:               Commerce and the American Association          permanent exhibits in the works are a
                                                 of University Women.                           baseball exhibit and one called “Ready, Vet,
Clinton Downtown Partnership                                                                    Go!”.
721 So. 2nd Street                               For additional information, contact Karen
P.O. Box 1024                                    Friis at (563)242-5702                         For more information, contact the
Clinton, IA 52733                                                                                      Discovery Center at P.O. Box 346,
(563)242-5702                                                                                          Clinton IA 52733-0346, call 563-                                                                                 243-3600, fax 563-243-3601 or e-
                                                                                                       mail discoverycenter@qwestof-
                                                                                              Learn more about the
                                                                                                       Children's Discovery Center at

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THANK YOU to Elizabeth McMillin and Leo Townsend of International
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From the looks on these faces, everyone had a great time!

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