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March 13, 2019

CEO's Corner 
Once again, the Growth Alliance is offering the Internship+ Program. The program was created to add value to internships with an educational lunch series designed specifically for area interns. The Growth Alliance has several goals for this program. First and foremost, the priority is that all interns have a positive experience during their time in Fort Dodge, with a hope for them to return to the region for full employment.  Through the program, we hope to add value to the companies offering internships and create awareness of the industries in the region. Along with that, if the intern has a positive experience, the Growth Alliance is hoping they go back to school and tell their friends, family, and classmates what the Internship+ Program did to help them succeed. Now in its 6th year, the Internship+ Program has proven to be an invaluable resource to the participants, companies, and the community as a whole. To learn more about the Internship+ Program click HERE.
Dennis A. Plautz, CEO
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
Rick Cordaro NAIFA CEC Watch Party

Join KHI Solutions for the March NAIFA Live event featuring Rick Cordaro of Principal Financial Group (Disability Income Regional Vice President) live from Principal Financial Group's headquarters in Des Moines, IA.  You can join your local watch party at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, or you can tune in online!
8:30-9:15 am: Registration, networking, tech check-in for watch party sites
9:15-9:20 am: Broadcast begins
9:20-10:10 am: Rick Cordaro presentation part 1
10:10-10:25 am: Break
10:25-11:15 am: Rick Cordaro presentation part 2
11:15-11:25 am: Wrap Up

CE Credits: 2 credits approved for IA, MN, & ND, NE pending
Price: $0 - included in your NAIFA membership fees if a member (non-members pay $20, using the link provided)
Space is limited to the first 50 who sign up!
Questions?  Contact Nicole Thurman or 515-227-7218

Please click here for the list of annual Fort Dodge Fine Arts events

Mulroney Recognized Among Iowa Realty Agents 

Cindy Mulroney, Iowa Realty of Fort Dodge, was named as a top agent for 2018, earning her recognition as a leader for the Iowa Realty statewide network.  She received this achievement award based on a personal sales volume of $5 to $6 million. This is the 14th year Mulroney has been recognized with Iowa Realty.

Mulroney and her husband Mike Mulroney, also a realtor with Iowa Realty of Fort Dodge, have a combined 36 years of real estate experience. They specialize in residential, lake, recreational, income, and commercial properties.
Steady Job Market Expected in Second Quarter for Iowa

Demand for skilled talent continues to grow as employers across the U.S. are reporting positive hiring intentions nationwide (+19%) across all 50 states, according to the Q2 2019 ManpowerGroup Employment Outook Survey.

For the coming quarter in Iowa, employers expect to hire at a favorable pace. In the U.S., this is the seventh consecutive year of double-digit hiring outlooks. The Q2 2019 employment outlook comes after the Bureau of Labor Statistics' January jobs report marked 100 months of consecutive job growth in America with approximately 19M gains since October 2010.

For more information regarding this study or to learn more about ManpowerGroup, click  here.

Schuur Receives Sales Award

Keenan Schuur, broker associate at Coldwell-Banker Associated Realtors has received the Coldwell-Banker International President's Circle Award for his 2018 sales performance.
This achievement ranks him among the top independent sales professionals worldwide in the Coldwell-Banker network.