ADVISORY: Gov. Reynolds to hold a Press Conference at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow

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Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference from Iowa PBS at 11 am tomorrow. The event is open to credentialed members of the media and it will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.

  
Thursday, February 25, 2021  
Gov. Reynolds to hold Press Conference  
Iowa PBS  
6450 Corporate Drive   
Johnston, IA   
11:00 a.m. 
 

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including education spending increase

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Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law:  
 
S.F. 269: An Act relating to public school funding by establishing the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 1, 2021, modifying provisions relating to the regular program state cost per pupil, modifying provisions relating to the property tax replacement payment and the transportation equity payment and including effective date provisions.  
 
Gov. Reynolds released the following statement on S.F. 269: 
 
“I am proud to once again sign legislation into law that supports our strong public education system in the state of Iowa. Our children are our greatest asset and we have to do everything we can to set them up for success. Our record of increasing school funding year-over-year shows our commitment to Iowa's public schools." 
 
S.F. 284: An Act relating to financial and regulatory matters by making appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and including effective date provisions.  
 
 

Gov. Kim Reynolds orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Lives Lost to Coronavirus in the United States

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset Friday, February 26, 2021, in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s proclamation honoring the 500,000 people who have died of Coronavirus in the United States. 

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be at half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. 

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and, other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect. 
 

Gov. Reynolds releases statement praising EPA decision regarding 10th Circuit Court

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Gov. Reynolds released the following statement following the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will defend the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling on small refinery exemptions:  
 
“The small refinery exemption waivers have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard for far too long, diminishing demand for ethanol and biofuels. Today’s announcement by the EPA in defense of the Tenth Circuit Court’s decision to rein in these waivers is a victory for Iowa farmers, our renewable fuels industry, and our rural economy. It is an encouraging sign from the Biden Administration on renewable fuel policy, but we cannot let up until the 10th Circuit’s ruling is fully upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.”  
 

Gov. Reynolds signs proclamation that eases transport rules for heating fuels

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Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation that eases transport rules for crews and drivers hauling motor and heating fuels.   

The proclamation temporarily suspends regulatory provisions of Iowa law pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers hauling propane, diesel #1, diesel #2, natural gas, and other fuels used for residential, agricultural and commercial heating. The proclamation also temporarily suspends provisions of Iowa law pertaining to the movement of oversize and overweight loads of fuel. High demand, along with hazardous cold weather conditions in the Midwest, have created challenges to access of these fuels.   

The proclamation is effective immediately and expires on March 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.  

The proclamation language and rules can be found here.  

On February 12th, Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation easing the hours of service regulations for propane transporters. The State continues to be in contact with industry to ensure adequate fuel and electricity generation for Iowa. 
 

Governor Reynolds awards $3 million in career academy grants to expand high school student readiness in high-demand fields

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$1 million each awarded to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Indian Hills Community College and Waterloo Community Schools 

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today awarded three $1 million competitive grants through the new Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college, postsecondary training and the workforce. 


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), Indian Hills Community College and Waterloo Community Schools each won a $1 million grant to increase access to career academy programs in high-demand fields through new and expanded regional centers. Students benefit from industry partnerships, earn high school and college credit, and gain technical and traditional academic skills offered through career and technical education (CTE) programs. The Career Academy Incentive Fund aligns with the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of the workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025. This is the second round of awards.

 
“Expanding career academies develops our workforce talent pipeline and prepares high school students for high-skill, in demand careers right here in Iowa. It’s about our students being able to find something their passionate about while also earning valuable industry experience and college credit,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I commend EICC, Indian Hills and Waterloo for their leadership in growing career academies to meet the needs of students, families, schools and employers in their local communities.” 
EICC’s grant will be used to create a new regional center in DeWitt to serve students from eight rural districts in eastern Iowa. Waterloo’s funds will be used to expand its career center, which serves seven surrounding school districts and three nonpublic schools. Indian Hills will establish a new regional center in Centerville for seven southern Iowa school districts. At these locations, students will have access to CTE programs in high-demand fields, including health care, advanced manufacturing, welding, engineering technology and agricultural sciences. 


“Through these partnerships, students often earn industry credentials and certificates that they can take directly into the workforce and be highly marketable, or have a solid foundation to succeed in further postsecondary education,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “This is a great step toward ensuring all students have the opportunities career academies offer, and I am looking forward to more of these innovative partnerships being established.” 
 
The Career Academy Incentive Fund was established by a 2019 law that extends a statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, called Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE), through January 2051. At least $1 million will be awarded annually to support career academy partnerships among community colleges, school districts, business and industry, Regional Planning Partnerships, Area Education Agencies and others to increase student access to college programs, state-of-the-art equipment and career paths in Iowa’s in-demand fields. 

More information on the Career Academy Incentive Fund is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.  
 

Gov. Reynolds signs proclamation easing propane transport rules

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Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation that will ease transport rules for propane in Iowa.

This proclamation will temporarily suspend regulatory provisions of Iowa code §321.449 pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers delivering propane. High demand, along with hazardous weather conditions in the Midwest, have created challenges to timely access of propane products in the state.

The proclamation is effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 13, 2021, and expires on March 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

The proclamation language and rules can be found here.

Governor Reynolds announces manufacturing roadmap for Iowa

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Manufacturing 4.0 outlines strategies to help Iowa adapt to a global technology revolution 
 
Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Innovation Council, today announced the state’s Manufacturing 4.0 plan, a roadmap to help Iowa manufacturers remain globally competitive through a fourth industrial revolution that emphasizes automation and smart technology.  
 
“The state’s Manufacturing 4.0 plan recognizes that Iowa’s manufacturing sector supplies global markets with everything from food products to aerospace electronics,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “To maintain our leadership role, Iowa businesses are already thinking outside the box to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the 21st century economy. This roadmap will outline new strategies to support their efforts and ensure Iowa’s future prosperity is widespread, reaching all people in all parts of Iowa.”  
 
The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, includes the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, augmented reality, cybersecurity and more. These digital technologies may not replace jobs, but they will transform how work is performed, including how products are designed, fabricated, consumed, and serviced. 
The IEDA formed an industry-led Manufacturing 4.0 initiative in 2020 with the goal of creating a strategic plan to take on the Industry 4.0 challenges of adopting technology, increasing productivity, competing for talent and ongoing globalization.   

“Manufacturers are embracing industrial automation, and yet this transition represents a significant challenge, especially for small- to medium-sized manufacturers who must make expensive purchases, integrate technology into their operations and retrain workers,” said Hank Norem, president and CEO of Ramco Innovations and co-chair of the IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group. “The strategies outlined in the Manufacturing 4.0 plan will support manufacturers through this critical transition.”    

The IIC is an advisory group made up of state business leaders who work with representatives from Iowa’s community colleges, universities and government to advise IEDA on programs to support commercialization and entrepreneurship. The IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group led the Manufacturing 4.0 initiative with support from TEConomy Partners, manufacturing leaders across the state and IEDA. 

“Iowa has honored its legacy in manufacturing by recognizing the need for state and industry leaders to work together to ensure our state remains competitive in this critical industry,” said Kevin Gaul, director of operations for Pella Corp. and co-chair of the IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group. “Public-private partnerships like the Manufacturing 4.0 initiative fuel innovation and ensure success for generations to come.” 

The Manufacturing 4.0 plan includes five strategic priorities, including adapting Iowa’s economic development incentives to encourage the manufacturing industry’s investment in emerging technologies.   

To read the Manufacturing 4.0 executive summary and full report, visit www.iowaeda.com/our-agency/reports/.
 

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release public schedule update

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Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released a public schedule for the week of Monday, February 8, 2021 - Sunday, February 14, 2021.  
 
The following events are open to credentialed members of the media: 
 
Thursday, February 11, 2021   
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg meet with Washington County Chamber of Commerce  
Washington County Public Library  
115 W Washington St,  
Washington, IA  
2:00 p.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg tour Johnson County GuideLink Access Center 
300 Southgate Ave 
Iowa City, IA 
3:30 p.m. 
 
Friday, February 12, 2021   
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg visit Downtown Davenport Partnership 
Hotel Blackhawk  
200 East 3rd Street  
Davenport, IA 
7:30 a.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg visit with the Tipton Chamber of Commerce 
Oasis Coffee Shop  
523 Cedar St. 
Tipton, IA  
10:10 a.m. 
 
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg visit with Greater Burlington Partnership 
Greater Burlington Partnership building 
610 N 4th St 
Burlington, IA  
1:10 p.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg visit Ft. Madison High School  
2001 Ave B,  
Fort Madison, IA  
2:30 p.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg with Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group 
129 South Jefferson,  
Mount Pleasant, IA  
4:00 p.m.  

Gov. Reynolds announces new Funds Available to Support Innovative Rural Projects and Housing Assessments

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Today, Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced two competitive funds available for rural communities with a population under 20,000. Specifically, funding of up to $400,000 has been allocated to the following two funds for current fiscal year (FY) 2021 through FY 2022: 

  • Rural Innovation Grant Program – Provides up to $300,000 in grants supporting creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth and connection; and the 
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program – Provides up to $100,000 to support the use of publicly available online information through the “Profile of Iowa” tool and rural community efforts to interpret this hard data with supplemental information, as well as to implement through changes to development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives specific to their community needs in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

 
“The Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative has been instrumental in advancing projects that are essential for growing our rural communities, like expanding broadband and creating affordable housing,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The Rural Innovation Grant program and the Rural Housing Assessment Grant program will spark innovation in small communities across Iowa, providing the next generation of rural leaders additional tools for success.”  
 
Guidelines and scoring rubric for both programs are available on the Office of Rural Revitalization’s website. The programs, defined in Iowa Administrative Code, are administered by the Center for Rural Revitalization, a division of IEDA, in consultation with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Forces. 
 
Applications for FY 2021 are currently being accepted via iowagrants.gov and are due by April 16, 2021. Applications will be scored by a volunteer panel that will include the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Force members and expert professionals. Successful applicants will be informed in June. 
 
 “The grant programs developed by the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative are ensuring there is opportunity and prosperity in every corner of our state,” said Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. “These projects will keep us moving in the right direction to expand, grow and revitalize rural Iowa.” 
 
For additional program parameters and information, contact Liesl Seabert at rural@iowaeda.com.