Boone County Labor Employment Project

Where do Boone County employees reside? The Boone County Economic Growth Corporation is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to learn about the local labor force. Local businesses and residents may be contacted by a call from the 319 area code to participate in surveys about where they live, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level and type of occupation. No personal information will be requested (name, social security number or date of birth).

Survey results will help inform local businesses of how to remain competitive in the labor market and also will help demonstrate what is needed to attract new industry to the area. Results will be available online at https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/laborshed. Questions may be directed to Kurt Phillips with the Boone County Economic Growth Corporation at 515-432-3342.

FEMA to Review Madrid Flood Plain Area in 2018

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is mapping elevations within Iowa, and FEMA will use the updated maps to determine flood plain designations throughout town. The paving and construction of the canal throughout town has greatly improved drainage of local areas yet many citizens are still required to pay flood insurance as FEMA’s flood plain map for the area has not been updated. FEMA is scheduled to survey Madrid in the first half of 2018. Individual properties can be surveyed prior to 2018 at the homeowner’s expense to contest the flood designation status; the survey cost starts at approximately $750 for a survey and then results would be submitted to FEMA for possible map adjustment.