Iowa Lakes Regional Water was one of five Iowa businesses that received a Medallion award, and one of three that were awarded the Platinum Medallion from the HIRE Vets Medallion program.
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act was signed into law in May 2017. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers the Medallion Program to recognize employers’ efforts to recruit, employ and retain veterans.
At the beginning of the year, Iowa Lakes Regional Water completed an extensive application about their recruitment process and resources for veteran employees. Requirements for a Platinum Award for small businesses under 50 employees include 10% of new hires who are veterans or 85% of veteran employees retained and 10% veteran percentage as well as at least two veteran integration assistance programs.
Iowa Lakes Regional Water included information in their application about utilizing the
Home Base Iowa
program to hire veterans as well as the workshops and training that they provide to their employees. The company is working to step up the emphasis on the employees and empowering them to make decisions and improve the company.