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Congressman Bruce Braley and Coach Paul Rhoads Show Support for Iowa Credit Unions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Caropreso   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:36

Des Moines, Iowa—The Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) held its annual Legislative and Regulatory Conference on February 19-20 in Des Moines. More than 100 Iowa credit union representatives convened to learn more about the legislative issues affecting the credit union industry and interact with their legislators.

Congressman Bruce Braley kicked off the conference speaking about the importance of member business lending (MBL). Braley supported Iowa credit unions by saying “I believe that the work you do matters. The people you serve are an important part of our state.” He said he believes in the value of member business lending and thinks there should be enough room for all parties involved “to me, there should be plenty of room at the table for lenders doing commercial and business lending.”

Head Iowa State football coach, Paul Rhoads, spoke to the importance of building a team with mental toughness, willingness to continuously improve and that have a commitment to teamwork. He explained that “Credit unions have a similarity in the building blocks I use for my team. Smart decision makers. Be accountable. Trust.” Rhoads went on to explain that “You can’t accomplish anything without people – especially in credit unions and the work they do for their members.”

Attendees also heard from Bill Hampel, Chief Economist of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Ed Wallace, Deputy Director of Workforce Development and Amy Hudson, Director of Business Development for CoOportunity Health

About the Iowa Credit Union League

The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their more than one million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL and Iowa credit unions, visit Follow ICUL on Twitter at or on Facebook at


Explore Advanced Leadership Concepts at Lunch & Learn Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:10
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – “Everybody in your organization benefits when you delegate responsibilities that fall outside your core competency. Thoughtful delegation will allow someone else in your organization to shine. Your weakness is someone’s opportunity.”
That compelling quote on leadership comes from Andy Stanley, a renowned leadership communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. Each month, well over a million people worldwide enjoy Stanley’s teaching content via TV, radio, podcasts, and live streaming. Stanley's books include The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering, Enemies of the Heart, and The Principle of the Path.
Stanley was a speaker at the national leadership event, Leadercast 2012, and a video of his presentation will be shown at the March Chick-fil-A Leadercast Recap Lunch & Learn event, sponsored by Results Marketing and St. Ambrose University.
The Lunch & Learn event will be held noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 1, at the St. Ambrose University Downtown Education Center, located in the New Ventures Center at 331 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801. Cost to attend is $15 per session and includes lunch from Chick-fil-A.
A limited number of seats are available at the Lunch & Learn event, so be sure to register early. Another Lunch & Learn event featuring best-selling author Patrick Lencioni will be held April 5.
For the past three years, Results Marketing and select sponsors have been bringing simulcasts of the Chick-fil-A Leadercast to the Quad-Cities area. Each year, Leadercast is broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia, to audiences in metro areas worldwide.
“The speakers who present at Leadercast each year are acclaimed leadership experts,” said Todd Ashby, Managing Partner of Results Marketing. “At our Lunch & Learn events, attendees can watch enlightening videos of the speakers and discuss their content with other area professionals.” Each Lunch & Learn session is facilitated by a St. Ambrose faculty member.
“We will be hosting a new day-long QC Leadercast event on May 10, 2013 at the i wireless Center,” Ashby said, “so anyone thinking of attending the May event should attend these Lunch & Learn events to get a feel for the topics to be discussed. Also, all of our Leadercast events offer excellent networking opportunities.”
To register for the Lunch & Learn events or for more information, call Marcia Brandt of Results Marketing at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Feel free to befriend Leadercast Quad Cities on Facebook at
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Loebsack Applauds CITE Designation at Rock Island Arsenal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:04

Provision written by Loebsack allows for today’s announcement

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the U.S. Army announced that the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center has been designated a Center of Industrial Excellence (CITE) for Foundry operations.  The designation comes as a result of a provision Loebsack authored and worked to pass as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.   This certification recognizes RIA-JMTC’s unique Foundry capabilities and will allow RIA-JMTC to enter into public-private partnerships to perform work, which will enhance its operations.

“Today’s announcement by the Army is great news for the Arsenal, JMTC and the hard working men and women of the Quad City region,” said Loebsack.  “I was proud to successfully work to ensure Rock Island Arsenal can receive CITE designations like this one.  It is a recognition of the unique Foundry capabilities at JMTC and the highly skilled workforce there.  It will further improve the Arsenal’s ability to enter into public-private partnerships, provide for our men and women in combat, advance core skills and manufacturing capabilities, and strengthen JMTC’s future as a unique facility within the Army.”

Loebsack worked on a bipartisan basis to get this provision signed into law in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to allow arsenals to receive CITE designations for manufacturing capabilities.  CITE designations allow facilities to enter into public-private partnerships and improve the core capabilities that the facility provides for the Army.


Governor Quinn Opens Critical Roadway To Major New Community Development PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:32

Governor Quinn Opens Critical Roadway To Major New Community Development

$4.6 Million Investment Created 300 Construction Jobs; Supports more than 1,400 Additional Jobs When Pullman Park Development Opens

CHICAGO – February 18, 2013. As part of his commitment to create jobs and support economic growth, Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by community and business leaders to reopen a critical roadway to the Pullman Park development on Chicago’s South Side. Funded by a $4.6 million investment through the federal “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program, construction of the new road created 300 construction jobs. An additional 400 construction and 1,000 permanent retail jobs are expected when the Pullman Park development is completed.

“Today is a great day for everyone who lives and works in Pullman Park,” Governor Quinn said. “Infrastructure improvements like this support communities as they grow by putting people back to work and laying the foundation for economic development for years to come.”

The state’s award helped fund road and infrastructure improvements to Woodlawn/Doty Avenue between 103rd Street and 106th Street, parts of which have deteriorated since flooding in 2008. The project includes incorporate sewer and water main improvements that will help prevent damage from future flooding.

The retail phase of the project is currently underway and will be anchored by Wal-Mart, Ross Dress for Less and Planet Fitness. The new Wal-Mart store will provide grocery services to an area currently classified as a “food desert” for its inaccessibility to fresh foods. Other plans for the 180-acre, mixed use development include affordable housing and park and recreation space.

“The reconstruction of this section of Doty Avenue represents an important step forward in the recovery and transformation of Pullman,” David Doig, president of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives said. “Without the vital contribution made by the state of Illinois, this milestone would be extremely difficult to achieve in today’s challenging economic environment. We thank Governor Quinn for his dedication to economic growth and job creation, particularly in underserved communities like Pullman.”

The project’s economic development assistance comes from the state's IKE-Disaster Recovery Program named for Hurricane Ike, the 2008 disaster that ranks among the costliest hurricanes to make landfall in the United States. Illinois received a total of $193.7 million in federal disaster funds under the program to aid communities in 41 Illinois counties.

“The investments we’re making through the IKE program are providing much needed relief in communities throughout the state by helping address limitations to economic growth and future recovery,” DCEO Acting Director Adam Pollet said.

The IKE-ED program is part of the governor’s continuing commitment to providing essential resources for Illinois' small and mid-sized communities as they strengthen their economies. Projects approved for IKE-Economic Development assistance support both permanent and construction job creation through funding improvements to local infrastructure, company equipment costs and other assistance that will attract or support private companies in locating or remaining in an affected area.


Loebsack, Bustos to Tour Mandus Group PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:30

Lawmakers to discuss possible impact of sequestration on the QC economy

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced today that they will tour the Mandus Group to get an overview of their business and a tour of the facility, TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 19th. Loebsack and Bustos will also discuss the impact that arbitrary, across the board spending cuts know as sequestration could have on the Quad City region.  Media are invited to join the tour and the members will hold an availability following.  Details follow.

Tour of Mandus Group and Media Availability

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

WHERE Mandus Group

2408 4th Avenue

Rock Island, IL

TIME Tour begins at 11:30am


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