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Gov. Branstad announces appointees to Regional STEM Advisory Boards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to fill Iowa’s Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Boards.

The following individuals’ appointments began July 1, 2014, and are not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

 

North Central Regional STEM Advisory Board

Mrs. Jan Westrum, Boone

Ms. Robin Anderson, Mason City

Dr. Paul Bartelt, Forest City

Dr. Douglas Jacobson, Ames

 

Northeast Regional STEM Advisory Board

Mr. James Brown, Jr., Cedar Falls

Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, New Hartford

Mr. Mason Kuhn, Cedar Falls

Mr. Steve Demuth, Decorah

Ms. Lisa Digman, Bellevue

 

Northwest Regional STEM Advisory Board

Mrs. Mary Trent, Carroll

Dr. Jasper Lesage, Sioux Center

Ms. Sherry McGill, Sergeant Bluff

Ms. Nancy McDowell, Sheldon

 

South Central Regional STEM Advisory Board

Mr. John Chai, Norwalk

Ms. Kimberly Wayne, Des Moines

Dr. Jerry Deegan, Clive

Ms. Katherine Harrington, West Des Moines

 

Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Board

Mr. Patrick Barnes, Bettendorf

Ms. Kimberly Beals, Swisher

Professor Tonya Peeples, Coralville

Mr. Craig Martinson, Central City

Ms. Adriana Donofrio, Cedar Rapids

 

Southwest Regional STEM Advisory Board 

Mr. Chris Russell, Omaha

Mrs. Kimberly Carter, Council Bluffs

Ms. Carol LaFaver, Creston

Mrs. Lori Stitz, Harlan

 

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U.S. Coast Guard finalizes changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Coast Guard HQ Public Affairs   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:52

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88.

This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the amendments made by the International Maritime Organization to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, to which the United States is a signatory. Also, the action incorporates recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.

The changes to the current rules will reduce regulatory burdens by adding more options for vessel lighting, alleviating bell requirements, explaining whistle equipment options and adding more options for navigational equipment. These changes also address the technological advancements of wing-in-ground craft and increase public awareness of the inland navigation requirements by reorganizing and making format changes.

The final rule can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/pdf/2014-14413.pdf.

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Date: Jul 2, 2014

 
Housing Credits to Create or Preserve 700 units of Affordable Housing in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cami Freeman   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:30

Housing credits leverage private investment, create jobs, bring in revenue for local and state economies and do not impact local or state budgets

 

Chicago - Nearly 700 affordable rental apartments will be built or preserved across Illinois thanks to Housing Credit allocations approved by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) on Friday, June 27.

The Housing Credit is the most successful federal affordable housing program in our nation’s history, producing and preserving close to 100,000 affordable rental homes annually through public-private partnerships.  It creates quality affordable housing for working families and people with special needs (such as the elderly, the disabled, veterans and the homeless) in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the country.

Since its creation in the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Housing Credit has enabled IHDA to provide a critical financing tool for the development of 80,000 units and created an estimated 80,000 jobs in Illinois.  Since Governor Pat Quinn took office, 16,450 units have been built and an estimated 16,000 jobs have been generated across the state thanks to the Housing Credit program.

“Governor Pat Quinn is dedicated to leveraging public-private partnerships to meet the affordable housing needs of working families, seniors and people with disabilities,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. “Our communities improve as a whole when low- to moderate-income residents have options for affordable housing, and these new developments will create quality full-time jobs that keep our economy moving.”

The Housing Credit contributes more to the creation of housing than any other federal housing resource. Housing Credits generate private investment in affordable housing when the credits are sold to private investors. The equity generated reduces the debt that the developer would otherwise have to borrow, and as a result, a property can offer lower rents.  The Housing Credit serves those whose income is 60 percent or less of the area median income (AMI) or $30,420 for a one-person household in the Chicago metropolitan area and $29,280 for a one-person household in the Springfield area.  However, the Housing Credit exceeds this requirement by assisting households well below that limit.

Private investors, not the Federal Government or the taxpayer, bear the risk.  Housing Credit properties perform well and have an extraordinarily low foreclosure rate of only 0.62 percent over the history of the program.

The Tax Credit allocations approved on Friday will generate an estimated $89 million in private equity to support 13 developments and more than 1,400 jobs across Illinois. Demonstrating the State of Illinois’ dedication to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs, nearly one-half of the total units will be supportive housing, providing more options that enable residents to live independently in the community of their choice.

Developments approved for financing include an innovative renovation of a former nursing home and the replacement of foreclosed single family properties with new two, three and four bedroom homes for working families.

A complete list of the developments approved for Housing Credits is below. For more details, visit www.ihda.org/developer/approvedProjects.htm.

  • Humboldt House (Chicago)
  • Reclaiming Southwest Chicago (Chicago)
  • Axley Place (Glenview)
  • Phil Haven (Wheeling)
  • Mundelein Apartments (Mundelein)
  • Woodridge Horizon Senior Living Community (Woodridge)
  • Macoupin Homes (Staunton, Gillespie & Bunker Hill)
  • St. James Place (Pontiac)
  • Morton Senior Residences (Morton)
  • Diamond Senior Apartments of Princeton (Princeton)
  • The Villas at Vinegar Hill (Springfield)
  • The Landings at Belle Meadows (Alton)
  • Vermilion Disability SLF (Peoria)

About the Illinois Housing Development Authority

IHDA (www.ihda.org) is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing across Illinois. Since its creation in 1967, IHDA has allocated $12.4 billion and financed approximately 240,000 affordable housing units for residents of Illinois.

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Gov. Branstad announces appointees to Iowa’s Boards and Commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:29

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions.

The following individuals’ appointments are effective July 1, 2014, and are not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

 

Council on Agricultural Education

Mrs. Kala Miller, Ottumwa

Mrs. Susan Benning, Fredericksburg

Mr. Dale Gruis, Indianola

 

Arts Council

Ms. Heidi Pierson, Marshalltown

Ms. Carmen Darland, Eldridge

Dr. Sean O'Harrow, Davenport

Dr. Randall Lengeling, Dubuque

Mr. Paul Dennison, Mt. Pleasant

Ms. Janine Calsbeek, Orange City

 

Building Code Advisory Council

Mr. Scott Webster, Bettendorf

Mr. David Kuhn, Huxley

Mr. Don Beal, Clive

 

Advisory Council on Brain Injuries

Mrs. Lora Wall, Blockton

Mr. Justin Johnston, Sioux City

Mrs. Jennifer Durfey, Council Bluffs

Dr. Michael Hall, Coralville

Ms. Roxanne Cogil, Jamaica

Mr. Thomas Brown, Madrid

Ms. Kendalyn Powell Huff, Greenfield

Dr. Barbara Murphy, Waterloo

Mr. Dennis Byrnes, Atalissa

 

Centennial Memorial Foundation

Mrs. Elaine Estes, Des Moines

 

College Student Aid Commission

Mrs. Janet Adams, Webster City

Ms. Elizabeth Sullivan, Peosta

Ms. Karolyn Wells, Altoona

 

Criminal Justice Information Advisory Committee

Mr. Darrel Mullins, Urbandale

Ms. Julie Miller, Des Moines

 

Developmental Disabilities Council

Ms. Lisa Rockhill, Rock Rapids

Ms. Trinette Winn, Keokuk

Mr. Brian Wines, Norwalk

Mr. Steven Slye, Des Moines

Ms. Meghan Wolfe, Ankeny

Ms. Marcy Davis ,Ankeny

Ms. Clara Pearson, Iowa City

 

Iowa Council for Early ACCESS

Mrs. Kim Thomas, Urbandale

Mrs. Angela Hance, Creston

Mrs. Janet Stauss, Okoboji

Ms. Barbara Khal, Iowa City

Dr. Laurie Jeans, Davenport

Mrs. Stacy Kramer, Hawarden

Mrs. Kasey Vermillion, Clive

Ms. Martha (Marti) Andera, Cresco

 

Fire Service and Emergency Response Council

Mrs. Lynn Washburn-Livingston, Davenport

Mr. Marion Valero-Lehman, Adel

 

State Board of Health

Dr. Tonya Gray, Mason City

Ms. Karen Woltman, Swisher

 

Historical Records Advisory Board

Dr. Timothy Walch, Iowa City

Mr. Daniel Rittel, Stuart

 

Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees

Mr. William Bartine, Des Moines

Mr. John Mickelson, West Des Moines

 

Council on Homelessness

Mrs. Nancy Schulze, Council Bluffs

Mr. David Boss, New Hampton

Mr. Zebulon Beilke-McCallum, Urbandale

Mr. Blair Avitt, Des Moines

Mr. David Binner, Johnston

Ms. Kristine Harris, Cedar Rapids

Ms. Carrie Dunnwald, Waterloo

Mr. Allan Axeen, Coralville

Ms. Rhonda Jordal, Forest City

Ms. Roberta Wahl, Des Moines

Mr. Dennis Lauterbach, West Des Moines

 

Humanities Board

Mr. Mark Felderman, Chariton

Mr. Jack Wertzberger, Dubuque

Mrs. Marina Sandquist, Johnston

 

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Reverend Martha Kester, Des Moines

 

Juvenile Justice Advisory Council

Mrs. Christina Burkhart, Urbandale

Mr. Wayne Ford, Des Moines

Mr. Joel Illian, University Park

Judge Stephen Clarke, Waterloo

Mr. Douglas Wolfe, Des Moines

Reverend Roy Klobnak, Lorimor

 

Nonpublic School Advisory Committee

Mr. Jeffrey Henderson, Cedar Rapids

Ms. Merrilee Sump, Clarinda

Mr. Wayne Dykstra, Orange City

Mrs. Julie Delaney, Davenport

Dr. Jerry Deegan, Clive

 

Preserves Advisory Board

Mr. Loren Christensen, Elk Horn

Mr. Wayne Phipps, Jefferson

 

Public Broadcasting Board

Ms. Courtney Greene, West Des Moines

Mrs. Kelli Grubbs, Davenport

 

Rural Health and Primary Care Advisory Committee

Mr. Patrick Pucelik, Harlan

Mr. Greg Randolph, Gladbrook

Ms. Debora Hinnah, Harper

Mr. Jim Atty, Humboldt

 

Statewide Independent Living Council

Mr. Emmanuel Smith, West Des Moines

Ms. Deb Philpot, Oskaloosa

Ms. Tomoko Yajima, Des Moines

Mrs. Carrie England, La Vista

Mr. Paul Krupko, Urbandale

Ms. Rebecca Shafer, Council Bluffs

 

Student Loan Liquidity Corporation

Mrs. Christine Hensley, Des Moines

Ms. Laurie Hempen, New London

Dr. Robert Denson, Ankeny

 

Terrace Hill Commission

Mr. Jerry Mathiasen, Council Bluffs

Mrs. Christine Branstad, Des Moines

Mr. William Dikis, Clive

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Council

Ms. Page Eastin, West Des Moines

Mr. Randall Davis, Oskaloosa

Ms. Michele Meadors, Des Moines

Mr. Gary McDermott, Clinton

Ms. Deb Samson, Nevada

Mr. James Smith, Coralville

Ms. Jeanne Sorenson, Johnston

 

Volunteer Service Commission

Dr. Charles Minnick, Clinton

Mr. Bernie Van Roekel, Spirit Lake

Ms. Traci Kirtley, Huxley

Ms. Marcia Hughes, Cedar Rapids

Dr. Gina Schochenmaier, Council Bluffs

Ms. Barbara Finch, West Des Moines

Ms. Sue Driscoll, Marion

Dr. Nancy Franz, Ames

 

The following interim appointment is effective July 1, 2014, and is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

 

Commission on the Status of African Americans

Mr. Kenneth Morris, Jr., Cedar Rapids

 
Loebsack to Introduce Legislation to Again Require Members of Congress to Disclose Privately Funded Travel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he will be introducing legislation when Congress return from its July 4th district work period that would once again require Members of Congress to disclose details of their privately funded travel. Until recently, Members were required to disclose details of travel sponsored by private groups and organizations on their annual financial-disclosure forms. This rule, which had been on the books for more than three decades, was quietly changed by the House Ethics Committee without input from the public or Members of Congress themselves.

“These kinds of backroom deals and changing of the rules in the middle of the night is exactly why Congress has a lower approval rating than cockroaches and traffic jams. It is also the reason the American people have lost faith in those who were elected to represent them,” said Loebsack. “The American people deserve to know more and have greater information about who is paying for these often times lavish trips overseas. My legislation will once again require Members of Congress to provide these details on their annual financial-disclosure forms so the American people can easily find the information.”

 

Loebsack’s bill will amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and the Rules of the House of Representatives to expand disclosure requirements for privately sponsored travel taken by Members of Congress. Additional details of Loebsack’s legislation will be available when it is introduced.

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