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McCarty talks business at Iowa Lakes meeting

By Staff | Jun 25, 2008

What better place to have a small business developer than on a college campus trying to grow area business.

That’s certainly the case for Kelly McCarty, director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center based at the Iowa Lakes Community College Spencer campus.

McCarty told members of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees about the Business Development Center Tuesday when the board met in Spencer.

McCarty, who serves as director of business development for 10 northwest Iowa counties, said the Small Business Development Center program started in Iowa in 1981 and has been hosted at Iowa Lakes since 1986. It is one of 15 such centers throughout the state. Iowa State University is the overall host site.

Half of the center’s funding comes from the Small Business Administration with the other half from the state.

And the paybacks are great.

McCarty said for every $1 invested $3.50 is returned.

By hosting a Small Business Development Center, McCarty said Iowa Lakes stands in the forefront of small business development.

In other business Tuesday, Clark Marshall, board secretary, swore in Pat Kibbie of Emmetsburg as a new trustee to fill the unexpired term of John Hand who resigned as District 6 trustee.

Marshall also reviewed changes in trustee terms as determined by the state. The main change would be that Jim Miller’s term would be extended to 2011 and Lynn Kueck’s term would be reduced to 2009 in order to accommodate the changes.

Kueck moved that the board adopt the changes and the board approved.

The board appointed Scot Bauermeister as its legal counsel. Bauermeister replaces Harold White from the same firm, who passed away earlier this year.

In other business:

n Chief Academic Officer Mary Mohni presented a list of 378 spring graduates for the board’s approval.

n The board approved an agreement with Upper Des Moines Opportunity for the Head Start center in Emmetsburg.

n Shan Ray, executive director of institutional advancement, reviewed recent golf outings and other upcoming events.

n The board approved the personnel and consent agenda. Also approved was a 5 percent raise for faculty which includes 2.98 for salaries and 2.02 percent for benefits. Faculty will also get a $500 salary increase. Staff members will get a 5.25 percent total package increase. Administrators who are cabinet members will receive a 5 percent total package increase.

n Executive Vice President Val Newhouse noted decreasing in enrollment in areas high schools and how they are reflected in college enrollment. She said the college may need to expand its recruiting area.

n Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, reviewed the impact of the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act. Hiney said if the college does not enforce the campus-wide ban on smoking it could be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $500 for third and subsequent offenses. Smokers violating the smoking ban could be fined $50.

n Clark Marshall, executive director of economic development, requested and received approval for a resolution for sale of Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates for training programs at Art’s-Way Manufacturing, Farmers Co-op in Ruthven, GKN, Shine Brothers, and Voyager Ethanol (Poet). Altogether, 210 new jobs will be created, Marshall said. The total amount of the bond sale was not to exceed $625,000.

n Marshall also requested and received approval for an addendum for a training contract at Eaton Corporation in Spencer, also not to exceed $625,000.

n The trustees approved a tuition rate of $138 a credit hour for eCollege courses. Also approved was an increase in the mileage rate to 46 center per mile for employees who use their own vehicles for college purposes.

n Also approved were change orders for the wrestling facility at the Estherville campus for a net savings.