July 14, 2017 - (Boone, Iowa) Lt. Governor Adam Gregg announced today that Boone County, along with the cities of Boone and Ogden received designation as Home Base Iowa (HBI) Communities. The designation was unveiled at the community’s Veteran Park and attended by local veterans, business leaders and elected officials from local and state governments.
The Lt. Governor remarked, “Home Base Iowa is all about people helping people, and I’m extremely thankful to live in a state where that’s what we do. Your work truly demonstrates how Iowans place a high value in veterans and their service.”
Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that continues to assist veterans and transitioning service members by connecting them with close to 1,600 businesses, 21 college and university partners and 66 other HBI communities statewide. The program connects partners with veterans using the “Find a Veteran” feature. Find a Veteran allows access to all active veteran job seekers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It allows users to sort job seeker(s) based upon location and/or primary industry to enable direct contact and marketing to those veterans; this feature also allows businesses a user-friendly platform to find veterans with the skills they need and communities the ability to attract veterans and their families.
HBI’s collaborative efforts help connect veterans and their families to resources and benefits in a state that values and honors their service. These benefits include no state tax on military pensions, in-state tuition, and down payment assistance and closing costs towards a qualifying home purchase. Iowa offers a cost of living below the national average and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, currently 3.1 percent.
Home Base Iowa designates qualified communities as centers of opportunity for military veterans based on four standards:
- Within a designated community, 10 percent of the businesses must become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledged to hire veterans,
- Community develops its own incentive package for veterans,
- Community prominently displays Home Base Iowa Community designation, and
- Community must obtain a resolution of support from the appropriate local governing body
Boone and Ogden have met or exceeded these requirements. To learn more about Home Base Iowa, visit HomeBaseIowa.gov.
For more information contact:
Jason Kemp, 515.822.8951
Home Base Iowa Program Manager