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Helping small business, motorcycle safety, mobile museum on the road again: Iowa Capitol Digest, April 30

The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, April, 30, 2018:

MOBILE MUSEUM: The State Historical Society of Iowa’s “Iowa History 101” mobile museum is on the road again, resuming its three-year mission to visit all 99 Iowa counties by the end of next year.

Launched in 2017, the 300-square-foot museum is housed in a bright-blue, custom-built Winnebago that travels the state’s highways and back roads to share stories from Iowa’s past. It visits schools, libraries, local museums, community festivals, county fairs and other gathering places to show Iowans multimedia presentations and artifacts from the historical society’s collection.

Like a visit to a grandparents’ attic, the mobile museum unpacks stories of Iowa’s past with nearly 50 artifacts.

Last year, the mobile museum kicked off its three-year mission by traveling more than 8,000 miles to 45 towns in 36 Iowa counties, serving more than 24,000 Iowans.

To see the schedule for the mobile museum or to book a visit, go to iowaculture.gov.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY: Iowa’s annual Motorcycle Safety Forum will be May 11 at the Holiday Day Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines. To register, go to https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcycle/motorcycle-safety-forum. Registration ends at midnight May 3. There will be no on-site registration.

The forum will be hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and motorcycle safety groups. This year’s theme is “Building a foundation, one rider at a time.”

The event is open to anyone with an interest in motorcycle safety. The fee for the event is $25 and includes continental breakfast and a lunch.

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TARGETING SMALL BUSINESS: Enhancements to the 32-year-old State of Iowa’s Targeted Small Business (TSB) program were announced Monday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The program is designed to help women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or service-disabled veterans overcome some of the hurdles in starting and growing a small business in Iowa.

The improvements to the program include the development of an online application portal and upgrades to the online directory.

To qualify, companies must be: located in Iowa; operating for a profit; making less than $4 million in gross revenue annually; and be 51 percent owned, operated and actively managed by one or more women, minorities, people with a disability or service-disabled veterans

There is no charge to obtain TSB certification. Benefits of certification include access to the State of Iowa’s procurement network, listing in the online TSB directory and business promotion, education and networking opportunities. Additionally, companies with diverse supplier programs recognize TSB certification to verify supplier status.

For more information, visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/tsb.

CONSERVATION WEEK: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today highlighted Soil and Water Conservation Week, which runs from April 29 to May 6, and encouraged

Iowans are being encouraged to consider things they can do to help protect our state’s soil and improve water quality during the annual Soil and Water Conservation Week, April 29 to May 6.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be participating in events across Iowa to highlight the important conservation practices placed on Iowa’s landscape and bring attention to the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state’s soil and water resources.

Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Naig participated in a ribbon cutting for a stormwater wetland in Ankeny. May 1, ag department personnel will participate in a celebration of the Farm to River Partnership in Lake City. May 2, Naig will tour efforts led by Hungry Canyons Alliance to address the issues of stream channel erosion and degradation to help protect area infrastructure. Later, he will view a project that is protecting area infrastructure near Walnut and a stream bank stabilization project on the West Nishnabotna River at Old Town Park, Macedonia

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Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week is in coordination with the National Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s Stewardship Week theme is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.” More information about the activities that will be held during Soil and Water Conservation Week in Iowa can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/conservationweek.asp.

JUSTICE UNDERGOING TREATMENT: Iowa Supreme Court Justice Hecht of Sioux City has been diagnosed with melanoma and is undergoing treatment in Sioux City and Rochester, Minn., the court announced Monday.

Hecht, who was appointed to the court in 2006, will participate in the court’s decisions as his treatment allows, according to the statement from the court.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Learn what you can, when you can, where you can.” — Rep. Helen Miller, D-Dodge, who is retiring after 16 years in the Legislature.

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