Initiatives

Sustainability

The Petal Project is a green business certification that is designed to help Eastern Iowa businesses adopt policies and practices that positively impact the environment and the company’s bottom line.The project strives to provide businesses with a clear sustainability framework and technical assistance from a Petal Project representative while creating a universally understood definition of a green business for consumers wising to shop based on their values.

Regional Purchasing

Buyer Supplier provides an online venue where regional companies can post RFPs, search for suppliers in the area, and connect using our message board. The goal of the Buyer Supplier Connection is to encourage regional companies to shift 5% of their out-of-region spending back into the region. In doing so, businesses will be connected with each other to offer purchasing opportunities within the region, increasing the growth and wealth of our regional economy.

Workforce

AccessMyFuture.com is an interactive website that explores careers in the region and provides links to a variety of job searching sites within the region, including: accessdubuquejobs.com, DeWitt Delivers Careers, Delaware County job listings, Iowa Workforce Development and a host of others. This project is a collaboration between a number of organizations in the region with the main focus of increasing the number of skilled trade professionals.

Resources

Community Project Funding Guide

The ECIA community project funding guide is a resource provided by the ECIA to assist communities in our five-county region in finding potential funding sources for their community projects.

Government Training Institute

The ECIA training institute empowers our community leaders to improve their knowledge and create opportunities for their community. ECIA utilizes its USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant to provide trainings aimed at increasing the capacity of city and county officials and economic development groups in the region.

For more information on upcoming trainings please contact Holly McPherson at: HMcPherson@ecia.org or 563-690-5738.