Black Hawk County Supervisors Approve Resolution to Become Home Base Iowa Community
posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Blog
WATERLOO, IOWA (February 20, 2018) – The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors this morning unanimously voted to approve a resolution supporting the county as a Home Base Iowa community.
The statewide Home Base Iowa initiative connects veterans and transitioning service members and their families with careers and resources available through partner organizations and businesses. The vision is to create Iowa as the veterans' “State of Choice” for employment, education, or continued service.
The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber has applied for the designation on behalf of the county.
“As a regional organization that has relationships with businesses throughout our county, applying for this designation made sense,” said Cassie Grimsman, Business Services Coordinator.
Grimsman has secured incentives for veterans who would choose to move to Black Hawk County for a job opening through the program.
The team at Iowa WORKS of Waterloo has been working to register businesses with Home Base Iowa. After a business is registered, it can post job openings to recruit transitioning service members and veterans. Those not yet on the list may apply on the initiative's statewide website.
The Black Hawk County list includes 43 Home Base Iowa businesses, which is five above the minimum requirement of 38, or 10 percent of the county's businesses that are currently hiring. Grimsman contacted the county Veterans Affairs office and learned of additional incentives to list.
Grimsman also worked with Iowa Department of Transportation to determine locations for signage. Signs noting the county's Home Base Iowa Community designation will be placed at five regional locations: one each in or near Denver, New Hartford, Voorhies, and La Porte City and south of Waterloo on Highway 21.
The supervisor's action on Tuesday morning put Black Hawk County one step closer to being designated as a Home Base Iowa Community. The next step in the process is for Home Base Iowa to approve Black Hawk County's application at the state level. Then, a community event will be held this spring to recognize Black Hawk County as a new Home Base Iowa Community.
A benefit to partner businesses is the option to post available jobs on the Home Base Iowa site to attract veterans who are searching for work.
“It opens up another pool of qualified applicants who are looking for employment through Home Base Iowa's site. Because we have an incentive package as a county, it gives our businesses a leg up to recruit veterans to work in Black Hawk County,” Grimsman said.
The public-private partnership began in 2014 after the Iowa Legislature passed the HBI Act which provides a variety of incentives including homeowner assistance and in-state tuition for eligible U.S. veterans and their families. For more information about Home Base Iowa, visit https://www.homebaseiowa.gov.
To learn more about the program in Black Hawk County, contact Cassie Grimsman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Alliance & Chamber office at 319-232-1156.
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