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Joe Steil

Iowa Economic Development Authority

The Lee County Economic Development Group is trying to identify the county's top locations for large-scale economic development projects. The goal is for a "shovel-ready" location or two to possibly be included in the state's Certified Sites program.

Daily Gate City

The announcement in late September of a change in leadership at the top of the Lee County Economic Development Group caught many off-guard, including the local governments that fund the organization. Now, LCEDG is defending its decision while its former leader is speaking out.

The merger of two banks and two insurance companies in southeast Iowa could be completed by late 2016. Matt Morris, President/CEO of Fort Madison Bank & Trust, said the move will be good for the region.