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  • 7/2/18 – From  Micheal Mitilier, Assistant Regional Director SBDC
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Hope you have a great 4th of July!
Michael Mitilier – Assistant Regional Director
2700 College Road, Ashley Hall – The Port
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
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  • 7/2/18- From Starlyn Perdue, IWCC Economic & Workforce Development

Good morning everyone,

I’m happy to announce that we have posted our new Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing career pathways materials!  It was very well received at our public unveiling during ABI’s Taking Care of Business Conference yesterday.  It will also soon be posted within the Sector Partnerships section of the Future Ready Iowa site with our similar projects in the IT and Energy/Utilities industries.

Thank you again for your participation on this project.  It would not have been possible without your support and guidance.  Through a series of online surveys and in-person focus groups, we were able to hear from over 300 manufacturers from around the state!  Add in the many public and private support partners involved and this truly was a collaborative, statewide effort in support of the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa Initiative.

The resource highlights over 60 exciting careers in this industry, including corresponding links to the Future Ready Iowa Career Coach site for readers to learn more about local education and employment opportunities.  Career interest and personality types were also incorporated throughout, to better match students and job seekers with a more personalized experience on their career exploration journey.

It is our hope that sector partnerships, educators, workforce advisers, economic developers, and other business and community groups will utilize these statewide materials in their efforts to further develop, attract, and retain a local skilled workforce.  Collaborative public/private projects such as these will help to ensure employers in Iowa remain strong, growing, and competitive.

I look forward to the opportunity of working together with each of you in the future.  Within the next few weeks we will begin work on our next target industry: Health Sciences.  Have a great weekend!

Joe Collins

Education Consultant – Sector Partnerships

Iowa Department of Education

Division of Community Colleges & Workforce Preparation

Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St, Des Moines, IA, 50319

o: 515-725-0646  c: 515-419-5190

  • 6/19/20 – From Kevin Hall


    CONTACT: Kevin Hall

    Communications Director

    (515) 725-2942

    MEDIA RELEASE: Secretary Pate’s new Fast Track Filing system makes it easier for Iowans to start a business 

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the statewide launch of the Fast Track Filing system for new businesses. The new, innovative application greatly enhances the speed and efficiency of the filing process. New businesses using Fast Track Filing will have their documents processed within a maximum of two days, and a minimum of five minutes.

    “My office is Iowa’s business portal. I pledged to Iowa’s business community that we would offer service at the speed of business, not the speed of government. We have achieved that for new businesses with the Fast Track Filing system,” Secretary Pate said. “Entrepreneurs will be able to get their new business ventures up and running much quicker.”

    The system is accessible online 24 hours a day at

    Early projections also show Fast Track Filing will save the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office more than 4,000 staff hours annually.

    “It greatly reduces or eliminate processes my staff currently handles, like scanning documents, serving as cashiers, and extended correspondence with filers. Fast Track Filing enables us to offer Iowa’s business community the customer service it deserves,” Secretary Pate added.

    The Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Services Division has processed a record amount of new business filings during each of the past three years, surpassing 20,000 filings annually. The office handles more than 60,000 phone calls and approximately 12,500 walk-in customers each year.

    Several business entities tested the Fast Track Filing system over the past few weeks. The response is overwhelmingly positive:

    What They’re Saying

    • “One client called me a miracle worker but it was actually Fast Track Filing that was the miracle. This is perfect!  Can’t wait until we can file more forms with FTF.” – Elizabeth Brandt; Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, Bergman, P.L.C. in Cedar Rapids
    • “I filed articles of incorporation after 4:30 p.m. and had confirm of filing by 7:30 the next morning. This was amazing.” – Jacquelyn K. Arthur; Heiny, McManigal, Duffy, Stambaugh, & Anderson, P.L.C. in Mason City
    • “I love this process! It has been very easy to use and extremely efficient.” – Kathleen Nolan; Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, P.L.C. in Iowa City
    • “I find the platform to be very straightforward and user-friendly and turnaround time for my filings has been outstanding!” – Kaycee J. Schippers; Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines
    • “In the past, in order to have a document filed right away we had to use a delivery service and pay a fee of $75.00 to $125 per filing in order to have the filings walked in for same day service.  I have made several filings using the Fast Track Filing and find it very easy to work with and the turnaround is amazing!” – Kelly Christman; Crary, Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, P.C. in Sioux City

    The Fast Track Filing system was made possible through the Iowa Legislature’s creation of the Technology Modernization Fund in 2017.

    “It was designed by the Information Technology Division in my office, with assistance from QCI, a West Des Moines-based technology consulting firm. Our I.T. specialist Kyle Phillips deserves most of the credit for the technological aspects. He did a great job,” Secretary Pate said.

    Fast Track Filing is currently available for new business filings only, but will expand to handle other types of business filings with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office in the future.


    Kevin Hall
    Communications Director
    Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate
    (515) 725-2942

    “I am very, very happy with how quickly the documents are filed and available to view. That is exactly what we needed.” – Rebecca Rupp, Hogan Law Office in Des Moines