Tuesday, May 5, 2020
NIACC Pappajohn Center Hosts Free Webinars
Bringing Restaurants Back
Jessica Dunker from the Iowa Restaurant Association, Mark Speltz from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), and Dr. Naig from Iowa State University will discuss safely reopening restaurants at 8:30AM on Tuesday, May 5. Register now .

Iowa Hospitality Promise: Getting Your Business Ready to Reopen
At 9AM on Wednesday May 6, Jessica Dunker, President/CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, will share insight and tips for restaurants and retailers getting ready to welcome back customers. Click to register.
FAQs for Restaurants Reopening
Following the The Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued on April 27, 2020, t he DIA has added to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Restaurants Reopening. The original FAQ had 27 questions, and since Friday, has added 25 more questions to include guidance for hotels serving breakfast, scenarios for seating arrangements for individual and group dining, and the use of plexiglass partitions.

Restaurants can call CG Public Health at 641-421-9300 to receive specific guidance and assistance.
Alliant Energy Assistance
If you, or someone you know, is having a financial crisis, there are resources to help. The federal government has increased energy assistance funding to several programs due to the crisis.

Financial energy assistance programs include:
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Crisis funds
  • Hometown Care Energy Fund

These funds are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. There are options available to help you manage your Alliant Energy bill.
  • If eligible, payment arrangements are available.
  • You can now pay with a credit card.
  • These options are available at

Call 211 or visit to find energy assistance resources and where to apply.
Wellness Tip
According to research, giving back has a positive impact on both our physical and mental health. Consider giving back as part of #GivingTuesdayNow .

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity to taking place today as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. GivingTuesday organizers suggest helping however you are able. Give Time. Give Kindness. Give Dollars. Give Goods. To give locally, here’s a list of our non-profit members .”

For mental health resources, click here or visit our health & wellness page on our website.  
As your local Chamber of Commerce, we will do our best to continue sending important information as we receive it, without overburdening you with emails. For additional resources and information on COVID-19, please visit our website . 
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