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Jul 29, 2013

Norton earns ABS certificate


The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services announced that Information Technology Specialist Linda Norton of Fairfield has earned the Applied Business Series certificate from the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

The series of focused classes is designed for individuals in state government who recognize their role in the ongoing development of their organization. The ABS provides essential business concepts that employees can build on to better their organization. Practical and theory classes develop skills in the areas of accounting, contracting, government finances, human relations, negotiations, project management and strategic planning.

Norton, a member of the Director’s Leadership Team, has held several positions of progressive responsibility in her 23 years with the Eighth District.

Director Daniel T. Fell said, “Linda’s a professional that our district relies on.”


County attorney office open house set


The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. Friday at its new office at 51 W. Hempstead Ave.

The building on the north side of the Jefferson County Courthouse formerly housed the Department of Human Resources offices.

The public is invited.


U.S. 63 Oskaloosa bypass project study area to be discussed Aug. 15


OSKALOOSA — The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Aug. 15, to discuss the project study area for a proposed U.S. 63 bypass of Oskaloosa.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5-7 p.m. at the Oskaloosa Middle School. The meeting will be conducted using an open forum format. Iowa D.O.T. staff will be present to informally discuss the study area. No formal presentation will be made.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Jason Huddle, transportation planner, Iowa D.O.T. District 5 Office in Fairfield at 472-4171, 800-766-4368 or jason.huddle@dot.iowa.gov.

Visit the Iowa D.O.T.’s project-related public involvement event website at www.iowadot.gov/pim for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa D.O.T. during the development of certain projects


Iowa D.O.T. director takes reins of regional transportation group


AMES — Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III was named president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials at the group’s annual meeting last week in Milwaukee, Wis.

His term will run through July 2014.

Upon his installation as president, Trombino said, “Transportation doesn’t end at each state’s border. The Midwest is a producer of large quantities of agriculture and manufactured products that supply the world’s needs. A strong regional transportation system is critical for the economic success of those producers and everyone who lives in the region. In working together, this group ensures transportation is consistent and meets the needs of our customers across a larger area.”

“Director Trombino has made great strides in strengthening the transportation system in Iowa. His guidance will have a tremendous impact on the Midwest, creating the opportunity for economic growth and an improved experience for the traveling public,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

The stated goal of MAASTO is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated and balanced transportation system that adequately serves the transportation needs of the 10 member states. MAASTO’s member states, primarily in the Midwest, include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

MAASTO, which is a regional subsection of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, was organized in 1907 as the Mississippi Valley Conference. In 2010, the organization changed its name to the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials to better reflect the location of the member states.

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