The Home Base Iowa Program in Iowa has yet to go through in Winnebago County. This is because the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors are discussing specific aspects of the program, they feel need more attention.
Home Base Iowa connects Iowa businesses with qualified veterans and their spouses looking for career opportunities. The program also provides resources to help connect veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to a new community.
Part of the program encourages veterans to move into the county where the program is supported. This would require the county to provide an incentive to do so. The supervisors considered the idea of paying for small part of building a home in the county. Supervisor and Chairperson questioned what the county would award toward the construction of a new home.
Supervisor Terry Durby suggested that the county use American Rescue Plan (COVID Relief) funding that the county has not yet assigned or dispersed.
Melissa Michaelis, Executive Director of Winnebago Worth Betterment Corporation or Winn-Worth BETCO stated that her group is willing to contribute into an incentive program.
Without knowing how much of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding is available for this program, the board opted to follow Winnebago County Auditor Karla Weiss recommendation to hold an ARPA meeting first, then come back with more information to offer.
The supervisors tabled the matter until September 6th to better organize the financials for the final decision.