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Blog // Connect Iowa

Black Friday’s Cyber Impact on Iowa Businesses is Undeniable

By Jeremy Thacker

Thanksgiving week always ends with the Black Friday shopping frenzy. This week promises the same inevitable end, but a portion of Iowa businesses will be shut out of the online revenue opportunity. More than 90% of businesses operating without broadband in Iowa are small businesses. In general, small businesses consider their broadband connection as essential to their business as other utilities such as water, sewer, or electricity! That’s the finding of a 2010 study from the Small Business Administration. In fact, the businesses that took part in that study reported that Internet service is “an important tool for achieving strategic goals,...

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GIS Day 2012: Discovering the World Through GIS

By CIA Staff

As we celebrate GIS Day today, it seems fitting that everyone’s attention has been on maps recently, especially with the election results last week and the devastation and recovery from superstorm Sandy. Perhaps without realizing it, everyone is taking advantage of the power of GIS. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow us to visualize vast amounts of data and information to better understand our physical world, political events, cultural changes, disasters, and much more. GIS Day celebrates the use of GIS to analyze diverse topics in local, state, federal, and international applications. From the breakdown of...

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Online Resources Take Stress Off Iowa Voters

By Jeremy Thacker

Living in a presidential battleground state, no doubt you’re feeling thankful that election time is finally here! Many of the ads and some of the election coverage we’ve been hammered with over the past few months can leave us with more questions than answers. But, never fear… Iowa has a wealth of online resources available to help you cut to the source and make more informed decisions on Election Day! Knowing where to vote is one of the biggest questions people have on Election Day. You can find out where to vote in Iowa on Tuesday, November 6th by visiting http://www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/. For those wanting to be more informed about...

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