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Agenda for SECC Board Mtg on 6/28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:11
SCOTT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER (SECC) BOARD
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
JUNE 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, O’Boyle, Sunderbruch, Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Approval to purchase software licensing. (Matt)
  5. Recognition of graduates from Leadership Summit. (Mary)
  6. Approval of merit increase for Scott Emergency Communications Director.
  7. Director’s report
  8. Next meeting date – July 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
  9. Adjourn

 
Feedback from the Rural Roundtables with Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:53

DES MOINES - Last week, former Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge hosted rural roundtables in Adel, Indianola, Carroll and Fort Dodge.  Judge is a member of the Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee that was launched by former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.

 

The roundtables had several themes, but the clear takeaway was the contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s approach to rural America.  President Obama is working to build stronger and more diverse economies in rural Iowa through investments in renewable energy, manufacturing, education and agriculture, while Romney has shown little understanding of rural America and agriculture

 

The Associated Press ran a story from Carroll IA on Saturday about rural Iowa and how the success of the state’s farm economy will impact the election. Click here to read.

 

“Too often campaigns are about winning Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, and there isn’t enough conversation about smaller towns in statewide campaigns, but in this election the Obama campaign will have the largest presence in rural Iowa that any campaign has ever had,” said Judge. “There is a real contrast to Mitt Romney’s campaign that doesn’t have a large presence in Iowa and that will bombard the airwaves with ads funded by billionaire-backed super PACs”

 

One participant in Carroll talked about how proud he was of the number of jobs and funds that renewable energy is pumping into rural Iowa. He wants to make sure that we protect rural interests and that rural Iowans have a voice at the table because they provide a lot of what makes this country run.

 

 

Key issues facing rural Iowans that were discussed at these roundtables include:

 

Jobs

Today, we need to focus on growing our skilled workforce because rural Iowans want quality, high paying jobs.

Education:

Education is an important and prevalent issue in Iowa. Having a strong education system is vitally important to ensuring that our children are prepared for the future.

 

Community colleges should be congratulated for their vocational training programs, which often draw in and feed businesses with skilled workers.

 

Today, the cost of college is unsustainable; we need to make college affordable because it hampers young people and the growth of our middle class.

 

While President Obama is working with Congressional leaders to fight Congressional efforts to double interest rates, Mitt Romney has said that students should just “shop around” for a cheaper college or “borrow money from their parents” to pay for school.

 

Renewable Energy

There is no one size fits all approach to our nation’s energy needs, but renewables like wind and biofuels have a lot of advantages and need to be developed.

 

Renewable energy is an important part of the state economy and a critical source of income for rural communities.

 

The commitment that President Obama has to rural Iowa is very clear. We don’t see that commitment from Romney and he certainly hasn’t been a champion of the renewable industry.

Transportation:

In this day and age everything is about speed and efficiency. In the future, access to broadband and a good transportation infrastructure will be essential to rural communities

 

We need to have the ability for farmers to bring their goods to markets because it’s important to marketing, production of agriculture and interstate commerce.

 

Government:

The truth is the government has been a good partner for rural Iowa. The Rural Electrification Act is an excellent example of that and USDA made it possible.  We have good clean water in rural Iowa because of the rural water system that the government helped install. And broadband will come to rural Iowa because the government is choosing to make the investment in us and our future.

 

Young farmers:

The decline in the farm population impacts rural communities; and we need to find new ways to get young people into farming. Agriculture has changed, farms have changed, but we need to maintain the vitality of our rural communities.

 

Health Care:

Two big impacts the Affordable Care Act has on rural Iowans is the fact that children can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26 and it is helping to close the Medicare donut hole.

 

If the Affordable Care Act is taken away, rural Iowans will suffer because so many people make a living through a combination of several part-time jobs and those with pre-existing conditions will struggle to pay for affordable health care insurance.

 
Iowa Leaders Focus on Creating Communities for All Ages PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:17

What: “Iowa:  Creating Communities for All Ages” Roundtable Forum hosted by GOVERNING magazine in cooperation with AARP

Where: Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St.

When: 11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Governor Terry Branstad presents proclamation and remarks

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm – Media Availability with:

Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President

Paul Taylor, Editor, GOVERNING magazine

Jay Byers, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Background: As the fifth oldest state in the nation, Iowa, and Des Moines were selected by GOVERNING Magazine and AARP to host a roundtable discussion on planning for an aging population while improving life for residents of all ages.  Des Moines is one of four locations selected to convene thought-leaders in this future-focused discussion.  Recommendations from Iowa, as well as the other locations – Lansing, Mich., Philadelphia, Penn., and Sacramento, Calif., will be presented at a summary event this fall in Washington, D.C.

The Des Moines GOVERNING Roundtable is from 10 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, June 27th.  The session is open to media at 11:45 am to cover Gov. Branstad’s remarks followed by a media availability with roundtable leaders.

More than 60 public and private sector leaders, community planners and policymakers from Central Iowa and across the state are attending the Iowa event to share visionary projects and take a deeper look at strategies to enable older residents to remain active and engaged in their communities for as long as possible.

 
Loebsack Announces $2.7 Million in Transportation Funds for Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:45

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the City of Clinton has received $2.7 million to reconstruct 1.77 miles of Camanche Avenue/Highways 30 & 67.  The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program.   Loebsack wrote a letter in support of this project and his office also met with the Department of Transportation together with the City to discuss the application.

“This announcement is great news for the people of Clinton and their efforts to revitalize the river area, which brings with it continued economic growth,” said Loebsack.  “I had the opportunity to meet with community leaders about the importance of this project and was happy to support the proposal.  I am excited to see the improvements that will be made and the valuable local jobs that will be created.”

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SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA IS AWARDED HIGHEST HONOR IN GOVERNMENTAL BUDGETING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:39
Tom Sunderbruch, Chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors announced today that Scott County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Scott County’s current FY12 Budget.

Scott County is one of only two Iowa counties (Scott and Linn County) to hold the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The County has received this award for the last twenty four consecutive years. Only 10 of the 1,488 governmental units in the State of Iowa currently hold this honor.

Tom Sunderbruch stated that this award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the elected officials and management of Scott County and reflects their commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

In order to receive the award, Scott County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as 1) A policy document 2) A financial plan 3) An operations guide 4) Communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories to receive this award.

For budgets, including fiscal period 2010, over 1,289 governmental entities have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award nationwide. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide excellent examples for other governments throughout North America.

Tom Sunderbruch stated that the Board designates the achievement of this certification as a high priority. The Board expressed their appreciation to Dee F. Bruemmer, County Administrator and to the County’s designated budget analysts and support staff for their work and professional guidance in helping the county to obtain this governmental budgeting honor.

The budget analysts and support staff members are listed below:

Ed Rivers, Health Director
Pam Bennett, Office Administrator, Sheriff’s Department
Chris Berge, Administrative Assistant
Sue Brewer, Operations Manager, Recorder’s Office
Lori Elam, Community Services Director
Tim Huey, Planning & Development Director
Craig Hufford, Financial Management Supervisor, Treasurer’s Office
Sarah Kautz, Budget Manager
Roland Caldwell, Operations Manager, Auditor’s Office
Kathy Walsh, Office Administrator, Attorney’s Office

The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving over 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America. GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

For more information on this press release please contact:

David Farmer, CPA, Budget Manager
Scott County Administrative Center
600 West 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801-1003
563-326-8651

Stephen J. Gauthier
Government Finance Officers Association
180 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
312-977-9700

 
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