DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and representatives of the Home Base Iowa initiative today designated Greene County the first Home Base Iowa Community in the state. Home Base Iowa is a new private-public partnership aimed at making Iowa the top state for job-seeking veterans.
The Home Base Iowa initiative was founded to serve as a comprehensive source for job services and information about Iowa for veterans. In the coming years, the U.S. will experience an influx of retiring military personnel. These individuals possess very unique skillsets, comprised of teamwork, critical-thinking, and technical skills, that will be invaluable to Iowa businesses.
“The Home Base Iowa initiative has made great strides over the past several months,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. “Designating Greene County as our first Home Base Iowa Community marks yet another milestone for this meaningful project and expands the Home Base Iowa initiative to 53 total businesses with a goal of hiring over 2,900 veterans. I applaud the leadership, citizens, and businesses of Greene County for their admirable efforts.”
Greene County was named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War hero – a heritage most appropriate for the first Home Base Iowa Community. Greene County and the city of Jefferson are dedicated to helping veterans locate and thrive in Iowa and expect more than 800 skilled employees will be needed in the area over the next five years. These jobs are in a variety of industries, including logistics, manufacturing, and service.
“We are extremely excited to be able to make this announcement in Greene County and add 31 new Home Base Iowa Businesses, who have set a goal of hiring 321 veterans collectively over the next five years,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds. “We applaud Greene County for becoming the first to take this important step in helping veterans and businesses alike.”
“We are proud to become the first Home Base Iowa Community in the state,” said Ken Paxton Greene County Development Corporation Joint Executive Director. “Veterans from all across the nation sacrifice so much each day to protect our freedoms. It is without hesitation that we give back to them in this small, but significant way.”
Greene County and the city of Jefferson have created an incentive package for veterans considering a move to the area, which includes the following:
· Banks are eliminating closing costs for veterans applying for VA loan financing
· Businesses are offering a $2,000 relocation support package
· A central housing site has been established on the Chamber of Commerce website
· A 100 percent three-year property tax abatement is offered for veterans’ families who purchase homes in the area
· An online pre-application job form that allows veterans to apply for many jobs simultaneously