September 26, 2017 - (Sioux City, Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg announced this morning that Woodbury County has received the designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor were on hand to recognize the new designation. State and local representatives along with veterans and veteran support organizations also attended the event.
"We want to make Iowa the state of choice when it comes to recruiting veterans and transitioning service members," Gov. Reynolds said. "This program sets a new standard nationally for statewide collaboration with businesses, communities, higher education institutions, state agencies and veteran support groups by connecting veterans and their families with jobs and opportunities in our great state."
Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that connects veterans and transitioning service members with close to 1,600 businesses, 21 college and university partners and 74 other HBI communities statewide. Through the “Find a Veteran” feature, HBI partners can access all active veteran job seekers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the Home Base Iowa website. The tool also allows users to sort job seeker(s) based upon location and/or primary industry to enable direct contact and marketing to those veterans, giving businesses a user-friendly platform to find veterans with the skills they need and communities with the ability to attract veterans and their families.
HBI’s collaborative efforts help veterans and their families find resources and benefits in a state that values and honors their service. These benefits include no state taxes on military pensions, in-state tuition, and down payment assistance and closing costs toward a qualifying home purchase. Iowa also offers a cost of living below the national average and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, currently 3.3 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
Woodbury County has met or exceeded these requirements. To learn more about Home Base Iowa, visit HomeBaseIowa.gov.
For more information contact:
Home Base Iowa Program Manager