Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced last week the statewide launch of its new IowaWORKS online employment services system.  

The IowaWORKS site provides a variety of employment resources, tools and services to meet the needs of customers, employers and staff members. IWD modernized the system to align with the regulations of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), which streamlines employment resources and makes services more accessible. 

New and existing users can connect to the IowaWORKS system at regional IowaWORKS offices and anywhere they have internet access. "IowaWORKS is a customer-centric program that makes it easier to navigate our employment services," said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, in a news release.

"Whether you are job seeker posting a resume or an employer looking for the right candidate, the IowaWORKSsystem helps connect Iowans to opportunities throughout the state."
Key IowaWORKS features include:
  • Individual user portfolio
  • Assisted job search
  • Resume and letter builder
  • Virtual recruiter
  • Advanced skills matching
For more information about the new IowaWORKS employment services system, visit

Bas NieuweWeme
Aegon has announced the appointment of Bas NieuweWeme as global CEO of Aegon Asset Management to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Sarah Russell.

Mr. NieuweWeme was previously with PGIM Financial, the asset management business of Prudential Financial, where he served as managing director and global head of the Institutional Relationship Group. The appointment is effective June 24 pending regulatory approvals. Ms. Russell will work with Mr. NieuweWeme to ensure a smooth transition. 

"We are very grateful for the passion and commitment Sarah has brought to Aegon", said Alex Wynaendts, CEO of Aegon, in a news release. "Sarah has been creating and building a successful global asset management business over the past nine years, which is now ready for the next stage of development. Bas' appointment signals Aegon's continuing commitment to build a growing and sustainably profitable business. Bas will bring a fresh perspective gained from having worked with leading global asset management firms, in the world's largest markets."

Aegon Asset Management has Corridor operations in the TransAmerica Financial Park in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state of Iowa had the right to use eminent domain to seize private land for the Dakota Access pipeline, thwarting years of legal challenges from environmental advocates and landowners.

"We conclude that the use of eminent  domain for a traditional public use such as an oil pipeline does not violate the Iowa Constitution or the United States Constitution simply because the pipeline passes through the state without taking on or letting off oil," said the majority opinion written by Iowa Supreme Court Justice Edward Mansfield .

The decision enables the pipeline, already open for two years, can remain in place and continue operation. Landowners had sought the closing and removal of the pipeline.

In a blog post, the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, one of the petitioners, said the Dakota Access pipeline "has had an extremely damaging effect on the Iowa's environment." 

"Although the Supreme Court acknowledged that climate change is a serious threat, they still ruled against the Sierra Club," Chapter Chair Carolyn Raffensperger stated in the blog post. "This shows how much work we still have to do to protect climate in face of the fossil fuel extravaganza and its ecologically damaging existential threat to our planet."

The pipeline, completed in 2017, cuts through 18 Iowa counties enroute from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to a oil distribution hub in Patoka, Illinois. The court ruling upheld a 2017 ruling by Polk  County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell, who found that the pipeline's builders acted lawfully in using Iowa's eminent domain laws to seize private land.

The inaugural Corridor Corporate Games, which gives employees an opportunity to engage in competitions and build company pride, kicked off on June 1.

More than 30 companies will participate in 25 sports and events June 1 through July 31. Competitive, non-competitive, team, and individual events are offered at various locations around the metro area.
Beginning with a nature walk on June 1, companies will be the awarded points based on employee participation, placing in competitive events, and volunteerism. The top companies will be awarded the Corporate Games Cup in August at FRYfest in Coralville.

"The Corridor Corporate Games is a great way for local businesses and organizations to support health and wellness through a friendly competition," said Chuck Long, CEO of the Corridor Corporate Games, said in a news release. "Our first year of competition is going to be a great one."

Companies also are invited to participate in two community-based challenges as part of the corporate games. A blood donation challenge is offered in partnership with DeGowin Blood Center at the University of Iowa and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. A meal packing challenge will be held during Meals from the Heartland's second annual Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight.

To learn more, visit

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved a new resolution last week to replace the existing resolution governing the use of consumer fireworks in unincorporated Linn County.

Under the newly passed resolution, which is effective only in unincorporated Linn County, consumer fireworks are allowed in unincorporated Linn County only during the following timeframes:
  • July 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on the following day (Jan. 1)
Consumer fireworks may only be used on property owned by the person or persons using the fireworks or with property owner permission.

"We made this change in response to rural residents who contacted our office and asked us to limit the use of fireworks where they live," Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson said in a news release. "This change is also more closely aligned with what the metro area cities have in place regarding the use of fireworks."

Each Linn County city has its own rules governing the use of consumer fireworks within its city limit.
June 3
Coralville Roundtable, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, noon-1 p.m., Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, 2824 Commerce Drive, Coralville. Members are invited to network and keep up-to-date with chamber and community events. Free. For more information, visit .

June 4
Iowa City Roundtable, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, noon-1 p.m., St. Burch Tavern, 127 Iowa Ave., Iowa City. Members are invited to network and keep up-to-date with chamber and community events. Free. For more information, visit

June 5
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Cedar Rapids, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, free coffee, and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit

1 Million Cups, by 1MC Iowa City, 9-10 a.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Join for community connections, free coffee, and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit

Fastest Growing Companies, by Corridor Business Journal, 5:30-8 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 350 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. A ranking of the region's 25 fastest-growing companies will be revealed, culminating in the announcement of the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company. The CEO of the Fastest Growing Company and the 2019 TLC Associates Entrepreneur of the Year will share their stories. Tickets: $55 until May 29; $70 after. To register, visit or contact Ashley Levitt at or (319) 665-6397, ext. 311.
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A motorcyclist was hospitalized after a motorcycle vs. pickup accident on the I-380 S-curve in Cedar Rapids.  Emergency crews were called just before 5 p.m. Sunday to I-380 at First Street NE for the incident.  Multiple lanes of northbound I-380 were closed while Cedar Rapids police investigated.  The extent of the injuries sustained in the accident were not immediately known.

A conference that has been in cities across the globe called Iowa City home for the first time last week.  The Tuba and Euphonium Conference is held every two years or so; this was the association's first time hosting an event in Iowa.  "Gorgeous, gorgeous facility, the Voxman Music building at the University of Iowa," says International Tuba and Euphonium Association president Kevin Wass. "The quality of the facility is what drew us here."  Beginners and experts spent the week learning and making beautiful music together.  "My students from Texas Tech are here and they were getting off the bus and they said, 'Oh my gosh, there goes Steve Mead!' Mr. Wass says. "He's one of their idols."  The convention brings them together every other year.  "These are world-class artists from all around the world who've chosen to come here to Iowa City," Mr. Wass says.  This conference gives artists an opportunity to play music written specifically for them and to challenge themselves to more difficult pieces.  As crowds gathered in the lobby of the Voxman, toes tapping and smiles on their faces, it was easy to see that, even if it's not the most popular instrument, beautiful music just brings people together.

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CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails' Weather First Forecast

The weather is going to be very summer-like for the first full week of June. It will be warm and muggy with chances for showers and thunderstorms.  It will be a dry, nice start to the week today. There will be plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Humidity will be slightly higher than yesterday, but overall not too bad. A disturbance will begin to move into the area tonight and clouds will build in. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop tonight and continue into Tuesday morning. A warm front will lift north on Tuesday and lead to the chance for additional storms in the afternoon, some of which may be strong.