Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Community News Network

December 7, 2012

Leadership Iowa focused on economic development

OSKALOOSA — Professionals from around Iowa came to Oskaloosa Thursday to learn about economic development from Leadership Iowa.

Leadership Iowa serves as an annual issues awareness program to develop, educate and motivate leaders of Iowa. Individuals are selected based on their professional standing and skills, community involvement and commitment to the issues impacting Iowa. Each Leadership Iowa class represents a diverse mix of individuals representing business, education, government, non-profit and community-based organizations.

Forty members of the 2012-2013 Leadership Iowa class gathered at the Iowa Building for opening ceremonies.

“We’re in our 31st class,” Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation Vice President for Programs Kay Neumann-Thomas said. “It started in 1982 as a way to grow and build leadership in Iowa’s communities.”

Rob Taylor, of Interpower Corp., leads the Leadership Iowa Board of Governors and is a 2004-2005 alumnus of Leadership Iowa. He said each year’s class has eight  monthly sessions where class members visit a different Iowa community to learn about a new topic, he said.

Taylor said a committee composed of Linda Crookham-Hanson, Beth Danowsky and Shelly Herr helped plan the two-day session in Oskaloosa.

While in Oskaloosa, Leadership Iowa class members toured places such as Tassel Ridge Winery, the Mahaska Communications Group and the Musco Technology Center at William Penn University and watched a lighting demonstration by Musco Lighting. They participated in sessions such as “Economic Development 101” and “Iowa Companies And Their Global Impact”, and heard a speech by Musco Lighting President Joe Crookham about “Sustainable Communities.”

Crookham-Hansen said Oskaloosa session planners started work in June. She said there are about a dozen Leadership Iowa alumni in Oskaloosa and the city had hosted a session about four or five years ago.

Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt and State Sen. Tom Rielly — both Leadership Iowa alumni — welcomed the class to Oskaloosa to start Thursday’s session.

Krutzfeldt said Leadership Iowa helps foster an “attitude to solve problems” and “an openness to ideas you embrace.”

The mayor said Oskaloosa stresses people working together to communicate and cooperate together.

As an example, Krutzfeldt talked about the collaborative effort to build the Oskaloosa Elementary School. It was the first such effort in the state, and after the school was built, officials from other communities asked how that was accomplished, he said.

Rielly told the class “don’t waste this opportunity.”

Class members should take their experiences here in Oskaloosa and apply them in their communities. He also encouraged them to get involved in their communities by serving on a board, commission or other government body.

“It’s going to take a little effort,” he said. However, that will put class members on the path to the best learning experience, he added.

Candida Crasto works at Cargill in Eddyville and is a member of the Leadership Iowa Class of 2012-2013. She applied to be in Leadership Iowa after talking to Taylor.

“It gives me a broader insight into Iowa,” Crasto said.

Crasto grew up in Ohio and has lived in Iowa for 1 1/2 years. While living in Iowa, Crasto is a member of the Oskaloosa Rotary Club, is an instructor at the Mahaska County YMCA and is an assistant track coach at Oskaloosa High School.

“I helped start the Mahaska Young Professionals Group,” she added.

“I am proud to call this home,” Crasto said. “I love this community.”

Crasto said she has thought about serving in a public office or serving the community in the future.

 

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 18, 2014

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • quake.jpg Pennsylvania won’t take action following Ohio ruling on quakes, fracking

    Pennsylvania officials plan no action despite new Ohio rules on drilling that affect a seismically active area near the state line.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

  • Doctors to rate cost effectiveness of expensive cancer drugs

    The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

    April 16, 2014

Features
AP Video
Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Which service of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce do you believe is most beneficial for its membership?

Events
Legislative lobbying
Promotional material publication
Educational programs for the community
Other
     View Results