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Access sites could replace local Iowa workforce office

By BROOKS TAYLOR, Mt. Pleasant News | Mar 07, 2011
Currently, Mt. Pleasant’s Iowa Workforce Development office is located on the eastern side of this building at 217 E. Monroe St. However, Mt. Pleasant may not have an office much longer as it is targeted for closure due to state budget cuts. If the office is closed, access points will be set up at several locations in Mt. Pleasant. – MPN Photo by Brooks Taylor

It is a probability, but not a certainty, that Mt. Pleasant will lose its Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) office by the end of the year.

Kerry Koonce, communications director for Iowa Workforce Development, said Mt. Pleasant is one of 39 offices across the state targeted for closure unless the Iowa Legislature comes to the rescue.

“Based on the budget the governor has proposed, Mt. Pleasant’s office would be one of the offices that would be closed,” Koonce said. “However, if the Legislature provided additional funding, some of the offices slated for closure would remain open.”

Koonce said no determination has been made on which of the 39 offices would escape the “chopping block” if additional funding were provided by the Legislature.

“It is too early to tell and we would look at that again if we did receive more funding.”

She said that the final IWD funding will not be known until the state budget is finalized, which could be anytime from late April to mid-May.

For more on this story, see the March 8 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.

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