Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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October 25, 2010

Sullivan’s Salvos 10/19/10

In this edition:

*Iowa = Well Run!
*Century Farms
*Job Fair
*Pat Meyer Vision Award
*Iowa City Human Rights Awards
*Did You Know?

*Iowa = Well Run!
24/7 Wall Street recently ranked Iowa as the 3rd best-managed state in the USA. Consider THAT as you vote for Governor this fall! Here is the rest of what they wrote:

Debt per Capita: $5,138 (6th); Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (8th); Home Price Change (’06 – ’09): 8.3% (22nd); Median Household Income: $48,044 (26th).

Iowa ranks 7th in education, with more than 90.5% of 25-year-olds having completed high school or the state equivalent. It is also sixth in lowest debt per capita and has the third-lowest rate of citizens without health insurance, with only 8.6% without coverage.

While the Hawkeye State may be known for its cornfields, its economy is meaningfully supported by The University of Iowa, which accounts for one in every 30 jobs in the state. Iowa’s governors have been smart to invest heavily in the institution, and have reaped the benefits: the state ranks eighth lowest in the U.S. for unemployment, which stands at 6.8%.

*Century Farms
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Farm Bureau recently recognized four Johnson County farms as Century Farms.

The farms are owned by Garth Heitshusen, Alan and Nancy Burr, Kenny and Cindy Hahn, and Dale and Charlene Rhodes.

To qualify as a Century Farm, a farm of over 40 acres must stay in the same family for over 100 years. This is an honor that is very near and dear to my heart, as my family has two Heritage Farms (over 150 years in the same family).

We went to the ceremony at the State Fair a few years ago, and I sincerely hope the four families above get the same opportunity. It was a wonderful event. It is hard to grasp over 100 years in the same occupation. It really is a big deal.

Congratulations to Mr. Heitshusen, the Burrs, the Hahns, and the Rhodes! Job well done!

*Job Fair
On Tuesday, October 26 the Building Blocks to Employment Committee, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and Housing Authority, Goodwill of the Heartland, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa City Area Development Group and the Shelter House are sponsoring a Job Fair at Eastdale Plaza, 1700 S. 1st Avenue, Iowa City.

The Job Fair is hosted by the Eastdale Plaza Owners Association with event assistance provided by Community – Based Corrections Program for the Sixth Judicial District. The Job Fair is designed to assist entry-level employees in obtaining gainful employment in and throughout Johnson County. Employers who wish to participate in the Job Fair must register by October 18th and pay a $25 registration fee.

There is no cost to Job Seekers who attend the Job Fair. Job Seekers will have the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and get information about specific employers. The Job Fair will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with free childcare provided. For more information, please contact Paul at 335-5331 or

*Pat Meyer Vision Award
The Johnson County Coalition on Domestic Violence is proud to announce that the 2010 Pat Meyer Vision Award for outstanding commitment to end domestic violence will be presented to Sandra Bucher.

Sandy is being honored for her 17 years of service as the Victim-Witness Coordinator for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. Join us on Thursday, October 21 at the Iowa City Public Library, Mtg. Room A. Reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will start at 5:30 p.m.

*Iowa City Human Rights
The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is hosting its annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast on Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 AM at the Hotel Vetro.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – this is one of the deciding factors for me in choosing to live in Iowa City. Human Rights matter, and it is great to see a community that recognizes that.

The 2010 Honorees: Joyce Carman (Isabel Turner Award); Sergeant Denise Brotherton, Iowa City Police Department (Rick Graf Award); Sue Freeman, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County (Individual in a Service Organization Award); Karrie Craig & Marsha Lowe, ToGather Together (Community Award); Kerry Lao (Kenneth Cmiel Award).

Congratulations to the City of Iowa City, the Human Rights Commission, all the nominees, and all the winners!

*DID YOU KNOW? Johnson County maintains over 900 miles of roads – enough to stretch from Iowa City to New Orleans!

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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